Last year a group of students from GFA started a chapter of Acumen Fund, the first high school chapter in the country. Inspired by Jacqueline Novogratz, who had recently spoken at GFA, and the mission of Acumen for the communities in which Acumen works and supports, the students organized the GFA chapter, planned and held a fundraiser, and are in frequent communication with the Acumen headquarters in New York. They did all of this with no prompting or adult intervention, just the occasional use of a landline phone for conference calls with the New York office.
The work of the students continues with this year’s senior leaders and student committee. The students are planning a fundraiser on May 4 in a private home, with food (actually the “Pizza Pie Wagon”), beverages donated by the Coca Cola Company, and speakers including Sean Moore of Acumen and “cultural entrepreneur” Shelley Worrell. The evening will also include a photography exhibition of student and professional photos, as well as a silent auction with several great items.
This kind of student leadership and empowerment speaks volumes, not only about the individual students and their commitment to making a difference, but also about the culture of GFA, which encourages and supports this kind of student initiative.
Committed to global issues, the students involved in Acumen support the Acumen mission of creating “a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders, and breakthrough ideas.” Acumen also states: Our vision is that one day every human being will have access to the critical goods and services they need – including affordable health, water, housing, energy, agricultural inputs and services – so that they can make decisions and choices for themselves and unleash their full human potential. This is where dignity starts – not just for the poor, but for everyone on earth.
Impressive in terms of their leadership and commitment to Acumen, these students act upon their beliefs and seek to be involved to make a difference.
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