Helping children grow through play, advocating for peace and promoting equality — these are the goals of students who have made a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action.
Six students attended the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) University meeting April 1-3, 2016, at the University of California, Berkeley, to network, attend leadership workshops and receive mentorship from experts, celebrities and their peers on how to make their commitments reality.
Gifts by alumni and friends to the St. Cloud State University Foundation helped students attend the CGI University meeting. Karl Johnson, who attended the CGI University meeting, committed to creating a play-therapy, relationship-focused summer program in low-income housing apartment complexes in St. Cloud.
In summer 2016 he worked with the Yes Network, which provides meals to low-income students in the St. Cloud School District during the summer at schools, community centers and apartment buildings.
“I cannot express how thankful I am for being able to have an opportunity to meet so many amazing, motivated, passionate people,” Johnson said of the conference.
CGI University encourages college students to make commitments in one of five areas — education, environment and climate change, poverty alleviation, peace and human rights and public health.