Many BEF programs were put on hold or held virtually last school year. Thankfully, things are different this year with students in school and able to safely gather for additional learning experiences.
After a year’s hiatus, the Judah Folkman MD Scientist in Residence program returned this fall with a very timely author talk and exploration focused on climate change. Students heard from Kale Williams, the author of the book The Loneliest Polar Bear and had the opportunity to learn from three climate researchers based at Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.
After a year of virtual programs, students in the BEF’s Youth Philanthropy Program have been meeting in person this fall over lunch to hear from various nonprofit professionals including grant makers and grant funders. Students will be reviewing grant proposals submitted by high school teachers, club advisors, etc. over the winter break in order to make their funding decisions in January. The Youth Philanthropy Program is funded by the Charlene Morgan Emerging Leaders Endowment.
The new Bexley Women Lead program, funded by the Pete Grimes “Just Do It” Endowment, and held in partnership with the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce, is designed as a 6-month leadership experience for 9th grade students who demonstrate leadership skills and those who have unrealized leadership potential. Students meet every Thursday for leadership activities, team building, and for a monthly speaker series. The program will culminate in the spring with a networking event where students will have opportunities to establish formal mentorships or internships with women leaders from across Central Ohio.
We are looking forward to spring and the return of the Holocaust Scholar program at the high school. More details coming soon!