Global Potential (GP) will send up to 50 inner-city youth to rural villages in Haiti, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. While abroad, the youth will participate in cultural exchange and community service, learning the power of giving help rather than receiving. After impacting thousands of villagers abroad, GP youth will return home transformed by their experience, ready to tackle problems they identify in their own marginalized communities.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Global Potential works with marginalized communities in Nicaragua, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic that face many challenges - from health risks to lack of access to education, from pollution to discrimination. GP youth also come from marginalized communities of their own in the United States and France. The work that they do while abroad affects thousands of villagers and community members. With the experience that they bring home, our youth impact thousands more in their own communities.
How will this project solve this problem?
The work that GP youth will perform in villages and slums in Nicaragua, Haiti, and the DR will address the challenges described above through community cleanups, literacy classes, cultural exchange. Equally important is the work our youth leaders will do in their own communities when they return. Returning youth participate in community service, make documentary films, and create their own social enterprises. They also graduate high school and attend college at higher rates than their peers.
Potential Long Term Impact
This project will educate, train and empower hundreds of youth leaders in the United States and abroad, preparing them to bring about change in their communities. Youth initiatives will address poverty, violence, the environment, and human rights issues, and create a ripple effect, inspiring a generation of leaders to emerge and address social issues facing their communities. In turn, young people in our partner villages become inspired and empowered, and many transform their own villages also!
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,692
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $29,308
Total Funding Goal: $35,000