Shelton Oakley Hersey (MAICS, 2012)
While studying at Fuller, my Children at Risk courses and involvement with the Children at Risk student group opened my mind to the interconnectedness of children and youth with greater community. I learned how to think comprehensively about the needs of an individual child and how their family, peers, school, community, country, and culture all play a role in helping them thrive. Now, working with youth in the inner city of Johannesburg, I daily grapple with the different issues facing each one of them and feel better equipped to fully engage with their entire lives rather than merely one aspect. What is more, the Children at Risk emphasis affirmed and broadened my theological and experienced-based belief that children and youth are powerful role models and voices for unity, reconciliation, change, and hope—bringing the kingdom of God to earth. Since my time in the School of Intercultural Studies, I am much more passionate and intentional about truly empowering the at-risk children in my life through relationships and programs that exercise their leadership, voice, and contribution.
Nelli Karkkainen (MACCS, 2008)
When coming to Fuller to study in the MA in Cross-Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Children at Risk, I knew that I wanted to work with children in a cross-cultural setting. But throughout my program God used the classes, professors, and other students to challenge my thinking and to focus my direction into either hands-on work or research with trafficked and/or sexually exploited children in Southeast Asia. Even having already graduated from the program I am still constantly continuing to broaden and wrestle with my knowledge about God’s heart for children at risk around the world and sharing what I learn with others.