If you’ve followed the Radical for long enough, you know that one of the things I’m proudest of is the after-school Kiva Service Club that I sponsor.  Together, groups of my students have spent the past several years helping people in the developing world to make a better life for themselves and their families one $25 gift at a time.

The project is instructionally powerful.

With each person that we help, my students learn a little more about what it means to live in the developing world.  They get a first hand look at the challenges of surviving and thriving in places where the average annual income is less than most Americans make in a month.  They also learn to evaluate and persuade in each small conversation that they have about who we want to support.

More importantly, the project is emotionally powerful.

My students are learning that regardless of their age, they can make a real difference on the world.  That matters, y’all.  Today’s kids simply aren’t satisfied with living separate lives in the isolated bubble that we call school.  They want to be empowered to do meaningful work — work that matters — and technology makes that meaningful work possible.

Interested in learning more about the role that Kiva can play in the work that you do with students?

Then join my students on Tuesday June 17th from 3:30-4:00 for a short webinar sponsored by Simple K12.  You can register here:


Jake, Kenna, Chris and Ashley — four bright, funny eighth grade leaders who have played key roles in our Kiva work for the past three years — will show you how they make decisions about who to support.  More importantly, they’ll tell you why Kiva matters.

They are excited — albeit more than a little nervous! — to share what they have learned with you!


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