I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Lisa over the years and she’s played an instrumental role in helping to introduce Kiva as a teaching tool to the next generation. Lisa and I believe a generational shift in global engagement and philanthropy is underway. New technology enabled practices, like crowdfunding, are enabling young people to participate as global citizens in ways that were impossible just a few years ago.
Because of this belief, Lisa founded Wickman Kiva Kids in 2006. She’s organized annual fundraising projects and in 2007 she started the Wickman World Summit to more directly connect Wickman’s students with global leaders who care about financial inclusion for all. At the World Summit, she has skyped in Kiva’s Founder Matt Flannery, bank partners, entrepreneurs, Kiva Fellows from all over the World, as well as celebrities and government reps. from various countries. She accepted a reward on behalf of Kiva at the Clinton Global Initiative and represented Wickman Kiva Kids at Dr. Jane Goodalls World Day of Peace in 2007/2008.
Lisa is a shining example that we often point to. Someone who set out to inspire, connect, and mobilize the students and faculty at Wickman Elementary to become a vibrant hub of learning and action for young people eager for a future with greater financial inclusion. Through experiential learning, digital collaboration, Kiva’s crowdfunding, and the power of convening, Wickman Kiva Kids empowers students and educators to become better informed, empowered, and active agents of change.
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