A school for homeless teens will receive a hefty donation from none other than the Dalai Lama.
Surplus net revenue of $51,000 from the Dalai Lama’s April visit will fund a student leadership program at the Monarch School, the East Village K-12 school designed to educate children impacted by homelessness.
A representative for the Dalai Lama presented the check to the school Thursday morning.
Over 20,000 people attended the discussions in mid-April at three local universities: UC San Diego, San Diego State University and University of San Diego.
Tickets were sold to students for $10 and faculty, staff and the public for $25. Some tickets were reportedly resold for as much as $300.
The donation falls in line with the Dalai Lama’s teachings of compassion toward children, stated a press release from the school’s administration.
Monarch School is undergoing an expansion that will allow twice as many students to attend, with an added science lab, more classrooms and green space for children to play.
“[The contribution] allows Monarch to continue to support our students growth and learning with the intention that they will follow in the example of significant leaders such as His Holiness."