Monday, March 2, 2009

Thanks for Today

Dear Class,

On behalf of the Kiva for Education team, I wanted to thank all of you for being so open and inviting to the students visiting from East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy. The students appeared to leave inspired and were incredibly engaged and excited after the session on facebook. After our class, we had lunch with them and invited some of our classmates from varying professional backgrounds to come speak with the students about their experiences - we had a doctor, a hedge fund investor, a buyer for Bloomingdale's, a lawyer, and a consultant. I think the words of the panelists really helped these kids realize that they can achieve anything they set their minds to, and that they don't have to have it all figured out right now. A special thanks to Micah for helping us out and speaking to the students.

I feel really good about today's experience and that, in some small way, we've already begun to make a difference.


  1. Thanks to your group for inviting them to our class Anna.
    They contributed a lot to the session and specifically to my project with their comments about MySpace.

  2. I just wanted to second what Anna said, and share the feedback we got from Mike Berman, the Dean of EPAPA. He wrote: "First and foremost, thank you guys for Monday's class visit.  I heard fantastic reviews from our teachers and, more importantly, the kids.  They were really engaged, and I think they learned a lot.  Several students said, "I'm making a facebook profile *today.*"  I really appreciate your effort to make the visit happen." So thank you to Jennifer, the speakers, and the class to making them feel so welcome! Also, I wanted to share that they are going to create a causes page this week - we will definitely be sharing that once it is created!