By Beth Marek
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Leading India’s Future Today (LIFT)
Christmas 2004 was a wonderful day in Chicago and then the tsunami hit on December 26. All hell broke loose and hundreds of thousands perished in Asia. Fr. Jamels James, a native to India who was studying for his Masters at Northwestern, had been a regular presider at Old St. Pat’s and was well loved here. The major damage in India had occurred in his home region. Fr. JAmes was devastated but motivated to help to help his people. With the support and love of our community, LIFT was born.
What is LIFT?
Leading India’s Future Today (LIFT) is dedicated to developing leadership excellence in motivated and talented youth in Tamil Nadu, India. LIFT provides quality education and a home environment for youth with high potential who would typically be denied schooling due to limited access to resources. LIFT students and staff are committed to transforming their society from within to help combat poverty, unemployment, and disease.
Our programs include:
Educating Children: LIFT serves, on average, 70 students annually (primary through graduate school) who are selected based on need and potential. Most come from families living deeply below the poverty line; some are orphans.
Creating Leaders: In addition to their school studies, each LIFT student participates in leadership development activities. In camps and seminars, students receive training in key leadership skills such as problem solving, teamwork, and conflict resolution.
Transforming Communities: Invitation into the LIFT leadership development program changes lives. Children, who worked instead of attending school and made due with less than three meals a day, experience profound life changes when they enter LIFT
In 2013, LIFT founded an Associate Board to target millennials in the Chicago-land area. The vision of the Associate Board is to engage millennials in LIFT’s mission of transforming communities by educating children and creating future leaders. The dynamic group of 9 people host various fundraisers and outreach events through the year. Keep reading to find out more!
How Can You Get Involved?
Attend An Upcoming Event
The LIFT Associate Board is excited to partner with two Chicago nonprofits, the South Asian Board Association (SABA) and Pratham in 2017. We wiill host a joint fundraiser at Penumbra Wine Bar on April 12, 2017. For $20, you get a wine tasting and light appetizers.
Visit https://goo.gl/PFy0yF for additional information and contact Saachi (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions
LIFT is excited to announce that our Second Annual Benefit Concert with Funkadesi will be held on May 19, 2017 at The Flower Firm in Chicago. Funkadesi – a Chicago based, award-winning band will, again, infuse this event with fun-loving energy! Funds raised at the Benefit Concert will directly support the students of LIFT.
Visit www.liftusa.org to purchase tickets.
Volunteer Your Time:
Volunteer groups in Chicago coordinate annual fundraising events and regular outreach activities in support of LIFT. The Chicago Volunteer Committee meets at Old St Patrick’s Mission Center, 711 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL. Please email Katie Heaps (email@example.com) for the next meeting date.
Make A Donation:
A significant way to identify and nurture leadership excellence among the gifted poor children of Tamil Nadu, India is by making a tax-deductible donation. Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated and will benefit the students of LIFT.
Please make check payable to LIFT USA and mail to PO Box 47560 Chicago, IL 60647 or go to www.liftusa.org/donate. Thank you!
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