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Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship Celebrates Service and Volunteerism

The Krista Foundation | Service In The News, Krista Foundation Press


The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship

The Krista Foundation Celebrates 15 Years
Young Adult Leadership Development Organization Prepares an Evening Celebration of Service, Volunteerism, and Global Citizenship

SEATTLE, WA: On March 30th, the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship celebrates 15 years working with twenty-something young adults who have engaged in a year or more of local or global service. Join them at SALT OF THE EARTH: Celebrating the Flavors of Service, a fundraiser held at the University of Washington and featuring speakers from their successful Krista Colleague program. After developing a model for nurturing a service experience into a life of service leadership, the Krista Foundation has become a local leader in transition services and leadership development.

The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship's Executive Director Valerie Norwood shares, "Through the last 15 years of equipping young service leaders we are more confident than ever that a service year, when nurtured, becomes a life of service leadership. That's why it's invaluable for young adults to have an opportunity for mentoring and debriefing services that help them wrestle with their experience, navigate the complexities of life they've engaged, and weave the values of service into their daily lives. With Krista Colleagues in various career fields: politics, law, business, health, education, and environmental protection to name a few; I know I would rather hire someone who has experienced a year or more of service and knows how to translate that experience into leadership."

To grow The Krista Foundation for the next 15 years, they have strengthen their services through:

  • Collaborating with local and national organizations/colleges & universities to train them in their transition and debrief service, intercultural competence, and service leadership development model.
  • Expanding outreach of their work through the Global Citizen, a publication full of articles, resources, and stories from service volunteers.


About The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship: The Krista Foundation is a service transition and leadership development organization based in Seattle, WA. Founded in 1999 to honor the legacy of Krista Hunt Ausland who, as a service volunteer in Bolivia, died in a bus accident. Now, the Krista Foundation designed and implements a program to equip young adults transitioning out of service with skills to transform their service experiences into a life of service leadership. They also offer mentoring and a $1,000 Service Leadership grant to grow the capacity of each of the twenty-somethings in the Krista Colleague program.


Zachary Pullin | Communications Coordinator | The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship
360-550-7075 | Email

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Global Citizen Award Nomination 2012

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship bestows the Global Citizen Award upon mid-career professionals who demonstrate service-centered leadership impacting urban U.S.A., the environment and the developing world.

The Global Citizen Award honors people who exemplify the qualities necessary to create community and sustainable futures for people and the environment.

One person will be selected in each of the Krista Foundation's three areas of focus: environmental, urban U.S.A., developing nations.

Nominations due November 10 | Criteria and Nomination information (link)

The Nomination criteria draws upon the values an skills The Krista Foundation works to nurture and equip in young adults as they employ the learnings from life-shaping service. A service year, when nurtured, becomes a life of service leadership.

For nomination form please click here.


An Artful Awakening | On 08' Krista Colleague Sarah Jackson

Regina de Leon | Colleague Press

An Artful Awakening is an article written by Regina de Leon, published in the Spokane Review on September 26th 2009. It highlights some of Sarah Jackson's experiences as a Krista Colleague in both South Africa where she served, as well as in the United States. You can find out more about Sarah Jackson in "Meet the Colleagues" section of this website. Click below for the link to this featured article:

An Artful Awakening by Regina de Leon 


2009 Krista Foundation Celebration Breakfast | Colleague Speeches

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press, Integrating Service As A Way Of Life

The Krista Foundation marked it's 10th Anniversary with a Celebration Breakfast in Spokane, WA on September 30, 2009. We are grateful to our event sponsors for their support: Banner Bank, First Presbyterian Church, Gonzaga University, Kent & Cindy Lupton, Spokane Produce, STCU, Viren & Associates, and Whitworth University. We are also grateful for our 42 table captains, and the 315 guests who joined us in marking this important milestone.

Three Krista Colleagues gave compelling speeches at the Breakfast.

Click on the links below to view speeches

Sinead Harris Jones' speech: A Truckstop Called Broken Promise

A graduate from Gonzaga University in Public Relations with concentrations in theology and entrepreneurial business, Sinead's assignment was in the high-risk corridor for truck drivers into the Middle East where she worked with women with HIV/AIDS, and family planning and nutrition. Ultimately, a serious illness necessitated her abrupt leave from her village and she returned to Spokane to recover.

Rachael Novak's speech: The Somehow

Rachel Novak, an environmental colleague, was nominated originally for her work with AmeriCorps in the Oregon watershed in 2004. A graduate of Oregon State University in Environmental Science and International Relations, Rachel's interest in water led her to research in Ecuador and Bolivia. Her Masters thesis from the University of Arizona focused on climate change and water issues in the Chuska Mountains on the Navaho reservation, the land of her mother's family, where she explored the intersection of traditional knowledge with western science. She presently works with the Environmental Protection Agency as a physical scientist studying the impact of climate change on water quality.

Nathan Palpant's speech: Living the Questions

Whitworth graduate Nathan Palpant, grew up in Spokane and he and his wife Darien were among our early group of colleagues. Nathan served in Kenya and in the Southern Sudan in 2001 and joined the first medical teams to enter this war-torn territory in four years. So distressed by what he saw, he chose to use his KF grant to return and videograph this devastating war zone. Their film premiered at churches throughout America and at the Amnesty International Film festival. Then, in 2003, he became the managing editor of our first Global Citizen Journal. Nathan recently completed his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Molecular and Integrative Physiology. His outstanding scholarship led to the publication of 5 senior author scientific journal articles. A father of two, he and his family recently resettled in Seattle where he is a senior fellow at the University of Washington doing stem cell research in heart disease and cardiovascular tissue regeneration. Nathan and Darien return regularly to our conferences where they lead workshops mentoring younger colleagues.


Newsletter Archive: Fall 08 NL Update (2 Parts)

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Developing Nations, Environmental Projects, Urban America, Intercultural Development, Peace & Reconciliation, Education, Faith/Theological Exploration, Business, Social Work, Transitions Home & Beyond, Intercultural Development, Post-Service Term Reflections, Education, Faith/Theological Exploration, Business, Integrating Service As A Way Of Life

This Newsletter is split in 2 parts and downsized to fit on LEGAL sized paper.

Pages 4-6:
The Fall 08 Newsletter contains profiles about Smithosh Mathew (08') in Tacoma, Audra Krislock (08') in Bogota Colombia, Teresa Rake (06') in Brazil and White Center, and Phil Culbertson (07') in Uganda and Cairo. It also reports on Wakefield Gregg's (99') new electric bike business in Portland.

Pages 1-3:
The 'other side' of the newsletter contains the introduction letter from the Foundation co-founder Linda Hunt, an update on our Spirituality/ Christian history Retreat, and a poem regarding how we approach another culture.

If you'd like us to mail you a copy of this newsletter, please contact us.

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Brand New KF Website Goes LIVE!

Destiny Williams | Krista Foundation Press, Global Citizenship, Education, Community

program graphicIt has been an online journey!

After months of careful design and planning, we are proud to offer this new resource to connect the individuals and communities who are committed to young adult service and leadership development.

A huge thanks goes to the hard work and dedication of the staff at Moment Media. Also, we are so very grateful to Krista Colleagues and other volunteers, without whose tireless editing and uploading the website would not have launched for another 6 months.

In the weeks ahead, we look forward to uploading service resources, journal articles, colleague stories, and photos from service.

Most of all, we hope you find encouragement and support from this site, whether you are:

     a young adult considering taking a leap into service, or a current volunteer seeking encouragement and community.
     a nominator who works with inspiring young adults or a donor looking to celebrate the 'fruits' of the Foundation
     a long-time advocate for our vision, or a first-time visitor, just getting acquainted with our unique way of supporting young leaders on the road to global citizenship.

And though it sounds cliché, our genuine hope is that you will feel well served through this site-- so please send us an email with your suggestions & encouragements.

And if you are excited about the site-- please spread the word within your circles of connection and influence.

Explore away!!!