2022 GIVEN FORUM
Every year young adult women apply and are selected to attend the annual GIVEN Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum.
The GIVEN Forum is designed to help young adult Catholic women with a heart for mission and an aptitude for leadership identify their particular gifts and find practical pathways to put them in the service of the Gospel. Acceptance to a GIVEN cohort includes a year of one-on-one mentorship after the Forum, when women grow in leadership skills as they implement an Action Plan. We are grateful to Archbishop Perez and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for their support to host the Forum there in 2022.
103 YOUNG ADULTS
From 50 dioceses
From 32 states
And 3 international countries:
UK, Canada, and Singapore
22 Catholic Professional
21 Care for the Human Person
15 Secular Professional
49 Volunteers, including 14 GIVEN Alumnae
Mentors and Volunteers: 50% lay, 50% consecrated
27 Religious communities and forms of consecrated life represented
11 communities were new to the Forum in 2022
AFTER THE FORUM
On leaving the GIVEN Forum each attendee departs with an action plan, is assigned a mentor, and begins her Art of Accompaniment Mentoring Year.
GIVEN alumnae take what they have learned at the leadership Forum and leave with an Action Plan in hand. That plan is meant to put their gifts in service of the Gospel within a particular community.
The Action Plan can be large- or small-scale, but all Action Plans are new initiatives that benefit others. Through their attendance at the Forum and participation in GIVEN’s year-long leadership training program, cohort members learn how to activate the gifts that God has given them and offer the gift that only they can give.
Begin Art of Accompaniment Mentoring Year
Sept - March
Monthly meetings to develop and implement Action Plans
End Art of Accompaniment Mentoring Year
Launch of Action Plans and officially a GIVEN Alumna
BEYOND THE FORUM
The young women who have participated in the Forum and mentorship year have overwhelmingly reported how powerful the GIVEN experience has been in their lives.
success and support
Three 2021 Alumnae were chosen to enter the semifinals of the 2022 OSV Innovation Challenge, and their Action Plans were celebrated at the 2022 GIVEN Forum during the annual Catholic Female Leaders Celebration night. These women were first identified by their GIVEN mentors and then chosen by an independent review committee for their innovation, passion and embodiment of their gifts.
They will each receive $10,000 from GIVEN benefactors and continue to grow their idea through the OSV Challenge and the resources it offers, with the goal of having the chance to pitch their idea in the finals and the possibility of being awarded $100,000 in funding. We’re so pleased to have nourished them through the GIVEN Forum and the Art of Accompaniment Mentoring Year, and now we celebrate them and this next season in their journey of discovering the gift that only they can give.
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