Hi reader! So I’m sure you all remember the Clinton Global Initiative University. One year ago, The School Fund’s founder Matt made this post, reflecting on his experiences at the conference, including winning the Commitment Challenge and meeting President Bill Clinton! One week ago, a number of dedicated team members traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent TSF at this year’s CGIU. They heard passionate, inspiring speakers, participated in constructive and collaborative workshops, and helped spread the word of The School Fund to other hopefuls. We asked a few of them some questions about their time at the conference, and they were kind enough to share their once-in-a-lifetime experiences with us here:
Q: Why did you want to go to CGIU? What were your expectations?
Mariana: “To promote TSF, and network with other young projects in hopes of perhaps partnering with some of them. Also to gain inspiration and motivation from all the amazing speakers!”
Q: What did you get out of the experience?
Sandra: “I loved getting to spend some quality time with some of my TSF team mates, gaining some inspiration from incredible minds like Clinton and Albright, and meeting with young students like ourselves looking to do some good in the world.”
Q: What was the atmosphere of the conference?
Sandra: “Hopeful and energetic.”
Q: What was your favorite part of the conference?
Christi: “Having dinner with the other members of TSF after hearing Bill Clinton speak.”
Q: What commitments/organizations stood out to you (other than TSF of course!)?
Sandra: “There were some innovative commitments highlighted by President Clinton including students making bamboo bikes and another hoping to reform the prison system to give released convicts a second chance in the work force.”
Christi: “Code the Change is helping non-profits get volunteer computer programming, which is a huge need and an awesome idea.”
Q: Is there anything else that you would like to say about the trip/conference?
Mariana: “It was definitely a worthwhile experience. It was a great opportunity to learn from other organizations and from the challenges that other young change-makers have faced (and how they have overcome such barriers).”
A great time was had by all and we were happy to attend another year at CGI U!