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All of the participants were able to share pieces of their breakthrough plans with the community in the open time before the formal ceremony. A few, however were selected to share some reflections that challenged and inspired all of those in attendance. Abigail Niewenhuis, GRIL U, shared a written piece about the under-reported lead problem in Kent County. She felt called to fight for those who are facing this preventable issue, especially the children living with lead poisoning in the 49507 zip code. She challenged each of us to take action against things we can prevent in our communities and to live out our calling.

Onesimus Pewee, GRIL U, shared how GRIL has shaped his view of his own future and called for the community around him to support him and hold him accountable to the breakthrough plan he had developed. He, along with Jestine Brown, Emerge, talked about how much this program has changed the path of their lives and how they will never see the world or Grand Rapids in the same way after their experiences with GRIL. We wish all of  our graduates well as they live out their mission statements as change agents in their community.