United Way of Greenville County reaches out to students from Micronesia

GREENVILLE, S.C. — United Way of Greenville County recently partnered with Clemson University’s Global Connections program to host high school students from the island of Kosrae in the Federated States of Micronesia. During their visit, the students had conversations with United Way’s staff team and learned more about United Way’s global philanthropic mission.

The students participated in reflective problem-solving activities which required them to think about community issues at home and brainstorm potential solutions. They concluded their visit with a volunteer project at a local partner agency focused on environmental concerns and agricultural sustainability practices they can implement at home.

“One of the strengths of the United Way network is that we are part of a global family,” said Meghan Barp, President and CEO of United Way of Greenville County. “There is no better way to change our world than when youth use their unique talents to serve their communities in meaningful ways.”

The students left with a new understanding of philanthropy and the importance of giving their time, talent, energy and treasure to build a better future—wherever they may be. They were challenged to take what they learned and make an impact at home and encouraged to be the future leaders in their own Micronesian territory and beyond.