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Category Archives: 2016 2017 Program Year

Calling All Alumni!

Hey Alumni – please help us out and enter your name into a drawing for a $50 Meijer’s gift card!!  Click here to complete the survey!

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CORE VALUE: ACCOUNTABILITY

“Seeking guidance from trusted sources to integrate faith and work in meaningful ways” Is accountability an important value to you and your organization?

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GRIL ALUMNI GET TO KNOW GRAND RAPIDS 

On Saturday, June 17th, GRIL Alumni went on assignment to better understand Grand Rapids and it’s resources. Interdependence is a Core Value at GRIL, and we pride ourselves on our ability to partner with so many amazing people, businesses, ministries and organizations within our community. Kent County is blessed with a plethora of organizations and ministries, so […]

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ALUMNI CHARGE NEW GRADUATES TO RISE UP

GRIL was fortunate to have two alumni discuss their own journeys with GRIL and provide encouragement and guidance to new graduates. GRIL U graduate and current Calvin College Senior, Abdoul Havugimana, shared about his experience since graduating from GRIL. Abdoul is pursuing a degree in political science and has become an active member of the […]

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BREAKTHROUGH PLANS INSPIRE

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 […]

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GRIL Graduation 2017

May 24th marked a day of celebration and great  joy as GRIL hosted its annual graduation at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center. With a record turnout of participants, families, friends and guests, over 25 teens and adults from our GRIL U and Adult Emerge programs stepped onto the stage to receive a very well […]

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Taking Pride in Your School 

These past few weeks the Ambassador students at Ottawa Hills High School have been learning about the importance of taking pride in their school community. When we take pride in where we live, work, and learn we want to see that place grow and be better. The #OHHSpride sparked students to celebrate all that the […]

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The Next Generation of Activists

The GRIL U students are putting final touches on their breakthrough plans and are excited to share all they have been working towards with you at their graduation. Throughout the year, we have been praying together for these students. You have given your time and resources to support their work, now is the time to […]

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The Journey Has Just Begun

Last week, the GRIL Emerge participants presented their breakthrough plans about their year’s journey and their intention to grow as healthy, sustainable leaders for long – term community impact. Throughout the presentations, some consistent themes emerged. One in particular was that the breakthroughs had only just begun and the journey was not yet over for […]

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GRIL COMPLETES ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM YEAR

GR Initiative for Leaders (GRIL) will host its 13th Annual Program Graduation celebration to recognize and celebrate the impact and transformation of our program participants. The graduation will be conducted on Wednesdayevening, May 24th at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Art Center beginning at 6:00 pm and ending at 8:00. The evening will showcase the teens […]

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