How many friends do you have in Nigeria? Well, according to Atlas Corps, you have about 8 - the number of Atlas Corps Fellows from Nigeria. I'd like you to meet Esther Agbarakwe. She joined our network of 100 nonprofit leaders in September 2011 as part of Class 7. It is a network that you have supported through your involvement with Atlas Corps. She wanted to say thank you and share with you all that she has experienced in her first 30 days of service as a Class 7 Fellow from Nigeria serving at Population Action International in Washington, DC. In Esther's words...
When I packed my bags for this trip, I knew that a whole new world awaits me. A world of new challenges; food, wealther, language and people. Even the news of the Earth quake was frightening A month later, sitting in the dinning room with Phil (flatemate and Fellow from Zimbabwe,) during 'Family Time' discussing issues from food, weather, movies to work. Yes work, According to Phil, 80% of my 'talkings' has been about my work, how 'I love my work'. I agree, I am currently in a place to learn, a place where individual creativity and innovative traits are challenged and enhanced for organistional and personal advancement. In addition, Who I was before the fellowship helped (thinking..sometime our past defines our future, but the present help shape it better. No?)It been a great month, I witnessed not only the 9/11 memorial , but also a begining of a lifetime of friendship accross different culture and race within the fellows and people we meet outside the fellowship. I have had a fabulous one month, I feel blessed, inspired, engaged and moreso, a feel like a person who is creating a change in a liitle space. Yes, I have been in many crossroads within this one month, and they have been people who helped and am grateful for that. on the list is Gbenga and phil, co-fellows and my Supervisor at work. When I wake up tomorrow morning siping a hot cup of Kenyan tea looking out of the window, I know that will I see a star rising, a shining one.
-Esther Agbarakwe (Nigeria, Class 7)
Thank you for being an inspiration. Thank you for supporting Esther. Thank you for believing in Atlas Corps...and our ever-growing network of Fellows. Are you interested in increasing your involvement with this inspired individuals? Do you have plans on Wednesday, October 19? It is the final GlobalGiving Bonus Day of 2011.
Our goal: raise $3,000 (Are you ready for the challenge?)
Our commitment: The Atlas Corps team will match $1 for $1 the first $1,500 donated...IN ADDITION, GlobalGiving will match all donations by 30% (up to $1,000 per individual).
Your challenge: Contribute ($1,000, $100, $10) starting at 12:01 AM on Wednesday, October 19 - all donations make a difference.
Let's show our support for Esther (and her Fellow colleagues) as she completes her next 11 months of service in Washington, DC, and continues to be an inspiring nonprofit leader on a global scale.
Can you help us achieve our $3,000 goal?!
Scott and the Atlas Corps Team
Atlas Corps Welcomes Class 7 Brings Fellowship to More than 100 Participants!
"We welcome our Class 7 Atlas Corps Fellows with great enthusiasm—23 nonprofit leaders from 16 countries ranging from Colombia to Nepal to Yemen. These inspiring individuals left their homes—some in times of major social change—to become part of a global network committed to improving our world,” said Atlas Corps Founder and CEO Scott Beale. “Now, more than ever, we see the value in building bridges across cultures and countries in our increasingly globalized world. Atlas Corps’s work to address social issues, develop leaders, strengthen organizations, and promote innovation is achieving this goal by taking a new approach to facilitating international cooperation in the nonprofit sector.”
It is an honor to introduce Class 7, serving in Washington, DC, New York, Atlanta, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Bogota, Colombia!
Serving in the United States
Bolatito Oluwayemisi Ogunbiyi, 28, Abuja, Nigeria (Host: Population Action International
Cristina Andoni, 26, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova (Host: Points of Light Institute)
Demetrio Spinola Guirao, 26, Granada, Spain (Host: Habitat for Humanity)
Diana Flórez Melo, 32, Bogotá, Colombia (Host: Youth Service America)
Esther Kelechi Agbarakwe, 27, Abuja, Nigeria (Host: Population Action International)
Eva Kemigisa Baguma, 33, Kampala, Uganda (Host: America Scores)
Gastón Pierri Gonsebatt, 30, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Host: Global Citizens Network)
Hina Mushtaq, 27, Rawalpindi, Pakistan (Host: Public Health Institute)
Hira Tanveer, 28, Islamabad, Pakistan (Host: Service for Peace)
Ibrahim Mothana, 23, Sana’a, Yemen (Host: MobileActive.org)
Ihsan Karayazi, 29, Kars, Turkey (Host: HasNa)
Jane Wanjiku Kiiru, 29, Nairobi, Kenya (Host: InsideNGO)
Jonathas Freire Barreto, 25, São Paulo, Brazil (Host: Points of Light Institute)
Kay Kim, 26, Seoul, Korea (Host: Service for Peace)
Mohammed Seifeldin Abdalla, 26, Khartoum, Sudan (Host: Susan G. Komen for the Cure)
Mukesh Hamal, 28, Kathmandu, Nepal (Host: Special Olympics)
Oladele Olagundoye, 31, Lagos, Nigeria (Host: GBCHealth)
Patrick Henry Asinero, 29, Davao City, Philippines (Host: International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children)
Renata Chilvarquer, 24, São Paulo, Brazil (Host: Ashoka U)
Serving in Colombia
Benjamin Russell, 26, California, United States (Host Organization: Fundación Capital)
Elisa Lopez, 22, California, United States (Host Organization: Fundación Alejandrito Corazón)
Isabel Quiroz, 28, Texas, United States (Host Organization: Fundación Niños de los Andes)
Summer in Washington, DC, means hot temperatures, long days, and only a few more weeks until we welcome our next Class of Fellows! On August 29th, Class 7 will start their first day of Orientation Week. In the weeks leading up to that date, we are making the final preparations and will announce this latest group of dynamic nonprofit leaders and organizations in August.
Every Class is a milestone for Atlas Corps and this group will be no different. For starters, Class 7 marks our first national expansion as we welcome new cities to our network. In addition, Class 7 culminates our 50 in the 50th Campaign - to engage 50 leaders from 25 countries in 100,000 hours of service. I am happy to report that we are on track to achieve that goal. I also invite you to read more about our current and Alumni Fellows.
Thank you for making the Atlas Corps network so dynamic!
Atlas Corps Fellow Update
Even while living in another country, Atlas Corps Fellow Windy Previl (Haiti, Class 6) still actively engages with his home country of Haiti. Recently, Windy returned to Haiti to connect with the nonprofits supported by his Host Organization, American Jewish World Service. “I was so happy to be back home,” shared Windy as he enjoyed his duel role as a Haitian and an Atlas Corps Fellow, “I met more people (with my new role). I hope that we will stay in touch in order to develop our partnership.” Windy is already excited for how he will benefit Haiti after his Fellowship year, “I'll be ready to bring my skills back and to contribute to development.” Previl thanked Atlas Corps for the wonderful opportunities it offers to so many young leaders because “when they return home, the skills they learn will help them to be true assets for the development of their own communities.” His advice for future Fellows is that "despite all the difficulties one might encounter in the United States, you have to be open to change because here you will learn and develop important skills that can help you in your future career." We look forward to hearing more about Windy's achievements throughout his year of service.
You can read more about Windy and Atlas Corps updates in the latest edition of the Atlas Corps newsletter.
Atlas Corps Alumni Update
Since we welcomed our first class in 2007, we are grateful for all of the support and excited for all our current and alumni Fellows have achieved. Here are a few highlights:
Atlas Corps Prepares for Class 7 - September 2011Wow! We just closed our application cycle for September 2011, which means we received more than 1,000 applications from outstanding nonprofit leaders from around the world. These dynamic individuals learned about Atlas Corps through our current Fellows, Alumni, Nominator Network, listserv, job postings sites, and the list
continues. It amazes me how our headquarters in Washington, DC can reach as far as Nepal and South Africa. It is this collaboration that
will inspire positive impact in the global nonprofit sector. When a community health leader from Uganda can connect with a social
services expert from Michigan, we are making it happen. This month, we focus on that network effect and how each one of us has the
ability to build those bridges that are not easily divided. In effect, we are all citizen diplomats, ready to be ambassadors of our
own countries and causes and eager to share and learn from others.
Scott & the Atlas Corps TeamFellow Feature: Collaboration Gets Results!
Networking - more than an action, it is a necessity within the global nonprofit sector. Collaboration is essential to achieve solutions, at
least that is the lesson that Becky Nerima (Uganda, Class 6 Fellow) learned in her first two months in the United States. "There is a
strong environment of networking in DC," shares Becky, who serves at CORE Group and recently helped facilitate their Annual Meeting. "It
is interesting how you meet people and it just clicks. This sense of collaboration is not present in all parts of the world." At CORE
Group, Becky promotes this collaborative spirit as coordinator of a community health task force. She also experienced the value of the
"network effect" during the CORE Group Annual Meeting. "You really have to communicate with people," were her words of advice for other
events planners. In fact, it was networking that led Becky to the Atlas Corps Fellowship. She meet Amira Resnick (USA, Class 4) through
the Peace and Collaborative Network. Amira inspired Becky to apply and she became a Fellow in March 2011. When Becky completes her term
of service in 2012, she plans to utilize these networking skills to enhance existing community health activities in Uganda, "I really
want to create a small project that will enhance the current work being done in Uganda." She is excited to bring this collaborative
spirit to her home country.
Atlas Corps Fellows - Building the Citizen Diplomat Network!
The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a "comprehensive learning journey", as described by the Fellows. From service at a Host Organization to
navigating public transportation to interacting with people from around the world, we like to call it "citizen diplomats in action!"
Last weekend, the Fellows took their style of citizen diplomacy on the road to Richmond, Virginia, to build that network of citizen
diplomats. From the Civil War Museum to a picnic in the park and even a Bollywood film, the Fellows gained unique insight on southern-style
America while also learning more about each others' cultures. "The trip was an amazing opportunity to experience an American family
setting and gain authentic insight into American history" expressed Gbenga Ogunjimi (Nigeria, Class 6). Atlas Corps thanks our gracious
hosts and looks forward to future "citizen diplomacy" adventures with the Fellows.
Join an Ever-Growing Network of Global Changemakers - Apply NOW to Atlas Corps for Sept 2011Atlas Corps (www.atlascorps.org), started in 2006, is an international network of nonprofit leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world’s 21st century challenges. Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Profiled as a “best practice” in international exchange by the Brookings Institution and featured in the Washington Post as a model social entrepreneurship program, Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 12 to 18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global changemakers. In March 2011, our network of Fellows will include 75 nonprofit leaders from 23 countries. You can join this inspiring network as an individual or organization. Applications for September 2011 are now being accepted (starting Feb. 15, 2011)!
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