By JESSICA CAREY
On Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Christian Leaders Scholarship Program at Georgetown College will be hosting a leadership conference for high school students on human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The theme for this conference is “World on Fire,” and will focus on raising awareness and motivation while providing students with the necessary opportunities to allow them to be modern-day abolitionists, ending slavery in this generation.
Starting at 9 a.m., students will have an hour-long large group session with guest speaker, Kelsey Timmerman. Timmerman will lead students in a discussion about making smart choices when purchasing anything from food to apparel. He speaks about these issues more thoroughly in his nationally recognized book “Where am I Wearing?”and will continue to discuss the topic in his new book coming out next year, “Where am I Eating?” Students will have another large group session with Timmerman and Georgetown Faculty from 1:30-3 p.m.
Between these large group discussions, students will participate in small group breakout sessions that some of Georgetown’s very own student abolitionists will be helping out with. Also, students will have lunch and will be able to visit a fair trade market in the chapel basement. Vendors that will be present include Equal Exchange, Bead for Life and Lucia’s World Friendly Boutique.
Not only will Kelsey Timmerman be speaking at this event, but many others will be contributing to the conversation as well. Kim Browning, of Lucia’s World Friendly Boutique in downtown
Lexington, will be discussing fair trade chocolate. Reegan Hill, of In His Image Designs, will be speaking about fair trade goods and purchasing power. Last but not least, Marissa Castellanos, of Kentucky Rescue and Restore, will be talking about human trafficking within the state of Kentucky.
Although this event is aimed toward high school students, all are welcome to stop by throughout the day to see how to get involved in bringing about a permanent end to modern-day slavery. Parents, pastors and educators are encouraged to come along with their students in order to be better equipped in motivating their high schoolers to lead the world into freedom.
The $25 registration fee for this event covers the price of a t-shirt, snacks and lunch. For more information about his event or others, contact Dr. Jonathan Sands Wise or Elizabeth Catron in the Religious Life office on the first floor of the chapel.
The hope for this conference is that attendees will heed the words of St. Catherine of Siena, “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire.”