What is GELF?

  • GELF Students The Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund (GELF) was launched in the spring of 2008 when several generous Newton community members made it possible for two students to join the Prague summer program. A group of Newton teachers, parents and administrators coalesced around this act of generosity, and, through a partnership with Newton Schools Foundation, determined to make it possible for any Newton student to participate in an international program regardless of financial means. 

    Since 2008, we have been able to support  245 students with more than $415,000 to go on programs to Mexico, Russia, Italy, India, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Cuba, Galapagos, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Peru, Spain, France, Panama, Puerto Rico, Greece, Australia, the United Kingdom, Argentina, and China. These trips change lives!
    The GELF is named after Jennifer Price, former principal of Newton North.  Principal Price founded the GELF as part of her commitment to ensuring equal access to global education opportunities.  She and her family continue to be strong supporters of the GELF.

Our Mission

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    We believe that all Newton students should have access to international learning experiences which foster critical 21st century skills. The Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund supports students who lack the financial means to take advantage of these opportunities.


    GELF opens international doors to students, many of whom have not left the United States, some of whom have never been on a plane and none of whom would be able to participate in these programs without financial aid.

Who Does GELF Support?

  • gelf walking GELF supports students from both Newton high schools with demonstrated financial need. Students should be in good academic standing, and should exhibit leadership within their school community.

    Since 2008, GELF has provided support to students participating in:

    • language exchanges
    • service learning projects
    • summer study programs
    • international music performances
    • international sports & science competitions
    • ecological research trips
    • history & theatre study tours 
  • There are also many ways to get involved with GELF as a volunteer or in a volunteer leadership position. To inquire, please email mandels@newton.k12.ma.us. You can also take a look at some different ways to support GELF.
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    Global literacy and citizenship skills are a key to all students’ future success. From Beijing to Berlin, Italy to India, GELF has provided Newton students the chance to develop these skills and better understand the world around them. Not only does your contribution benefit students in need, but their presence enriches the experience for all.

Support GELF

  • Since we sent our first students abroad, the need in our community has become increasingly apparent. To fulfill this need, the fund relies primarily on the generosity of individual donors. 
    To support the GELF fund, you can contribute online by clicking here: 

Donate to GELF

  • You can also send your tax-deductible contribution to:

    Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund (GELF)
    c/o Newton Schools Foundation
    00 Walnut StreetNewtonville, MA 02460

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