I want to invite you to open your imagination with me.
Imagine a student entering a college classroom who thinks about the world differently when handed the syllabus.
Imagine a student who can't help but think about the ultra poor in the Philippines, young children with special needs in India, the challenges of reconciliation in Rwanda, the living conditions of Haitians outside of Port au Prince, and the real life struggles of the marginalized in urban Denver when they sit in their lecture hall.
Imagine a student who has spent time learning the supply chain of the coffee industry by living and working in a small East African country. She has written marketing pieces to educate others about the companies coffee production and she has written curriculum to further educate the coffee farmers themselves.
Imagine a student who has spent time in inner city Anerica with women coming out of prostitution and domestic violence. She has grown to love, listen, and befriend them. She has assisted in maintaining the organizations donor relations, keeping the books, and learning the infrastructure of an organization.
Imagine a student who has spent her day to day traveling into slum communities in Southeast Asia visiting the homes of the world's ultra poor. She has seen their poverty, sat in their homes, helped feed their children, and weighed and measured them to evaluate progress in overcoming malnourishment.
Imagine a student who has seen the world but also discovered their own self in the process.
Imagine a student who has begun to know the beauty of who they are and can embrace their story in all it's beauty and struggle. They have begun to acquaint themselves with their strengths as well as their own liabilities. And they are willing to work on both.
Imagine a student who now has the soft skills to begin to hone her ability to lead, manage, cooperate, and resolve conflict in a team environment.
Imagine a student who has discovered they can not love themselves unless they first love God. Who can not love God unless they are willing to love themselves. Imagine a student who has been able to make their faith their own.
Imagine placing this student in the college classroom to begin to prepare them for their future vocational aspirations.
Imagine the possiblities for this student.
Imagine the possibilities for our world.
Here at KIVU, I have the privilege of introducing you to that student.
This new kind of college student is a KIVU Gap Year Graduate.