Over the next four days, this incredible group will learn about a range of issues and how to take action to expand financial inclusion and alleviate poverty. Made possible through a partnership with Citi Microfinance , the Summit's agenda is designed to help students and teachers reach beyond the walls of the classroom, and engage with area experts and each other around topcs of microfinance, financial literacy, and grassroots leadership. Tonight, the group of 150 will convene with Kiva Staff at the HUB , an innovative co-working space in the city, and the Summit will conclude with some quality time at Kiva HQ on Monday.
Launched in August, Kiva U is an ambitious initiative to build, strengthen and connect school-based microfinance clubs, develop tools and curricula to introduce students to microfinance as a tool for change, and create communities of like-minded peers to take meaningful action. Now both students and teachers can start and join Kiva U teams  to share ideas and materials. Kiva U has also curated a trove of resources  to help these leaders become more involved and engaged.
“A generational shift in global engagement is occurring. New technologies, like those leveraged by Kiva, are enabling young people to engage as global citizens in ways that were impossible even just a few years ago,” says Kiva President Premal Shah, who will speak several times throughout the weekend. “Kiva U provides the platform and the tools for students to learn about and take real-world action on critical issues, from global poverty to financial inclusion.”
“Only weeks after launching, Kiva U is already showing great promise in raising awareness and enthusiasm around peer-to-peer microlending by providing an enhanced platform for students and educators to connect and learn from each other,” says Bob Annibale, Global Director of Citi Microfinance and Community Development. “This weekend’s Kiva U Summit will equip participants with the knowledge and tools they need to grow the Kiva U network, further amplify Kiva U’s lessons, and spur even more classroom and campus engagement.”
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