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. Utilizing mentorship and grant funding, students focus on a global or local need in a manner that reflects a love like Jesus.
Students are encouraged to be the hands and feet of Jesus as they serve Him and others. Each year, fifth through eighth-grade students are invited to apply for a Difference Maker Grant. Through an identified need and a proposal outlining how they will partner with fellow classmates and local organizations to lead an impactful Difference Maker Project students become ministry-minded with hearts like His.
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.