Developing Difference Makers with True Hearts of Service
Mariners Christian School is dedicated to nurturing community connection and providing students with the opportunity to grow as disciples through service. In 2017, the Difference Maker Grant Program was launched to provide meaningful opportunities for students and families to engage in a growing awareness of community needs. Through this program, students receive mentorship and access to funding to develop a project purposed to meet a global or local need in a manner that reflects the love and heart of Jesus.
Students are encouraged to be the hands and feet of Jesus as they serve Him and others. Each year, students are invited to apply for a Difference Maker Grant to identify a need and create a proposal for how they will partner with fellow classmates and local organizations to lead an impactful Difference Maker Project to meet that need.
Students utilize design thinking framework throughout the grant-writing process and the recipients are offered seed funding, mentorship, and the opportunity to lead a community-wide invitation for MCS families to partner either through serving with them or by contributing to a collection drive.