Recently, we have used funds donated by you to help some of the students from TyneMet College go on a group volunteering experience with their school. TyneMet has the highest success rates, for young people studying long courses, of any college across Tyneside in 2012/13. We are still in the process of deciding which project the students will visit and when - so stay tuned for future updates on this exciting project!
In other news, I thought I would share with you an excerpt from an interview that Brydie did after her placement in Nepal as part of our NSP for Australians.
How did the National Scholarship Program help you?
NSP gave me this opportunity to come to Nepal and I’ve been so grateful for all the help and support they’ve given me. I won a scholarship to volunteer with GVI f in December 2013 and since winning that they’ve always been so easy to talk to about any quires that I had. I felt so prepared that I wasn't anywhere as nervous as I thought I would be. I was put in touch with other people traveling to Nepal or that had also won the scholarship so I had multitudes of people to talk to at any time.
What was your proudest accomplishment when working for GVI?
One of the things I do at the Street Boys home is do one on one work with a boy called Ramesh. I’ve created an activities book for him to help him catch up at school. In the book we cover all types of things; fractions, spelling, odd things out, drawing, comprehension. All things that will help improve general school life as well as helping him get the best opportunities that he can. I’ve been working with him since September and have seen such an improvement already. One thing we're trying really hard at improving for Ramesh (and even some of the other boys) is to sound out words they don’t know rather than just reading the letters. They aren't taught phonetics at school so it's something we are slowly trying to implement to help them along.
Thank you for your continued support on this project.
All the best
GVI Charitable Trust
The program in Australia is seeing more successes which we hope to emulate through this project once we have the funds in place. Through the Council Scholarships we announced in our last report, I'm excited to bring you news that two scholars have been chosen! Both girls have been offered a scholarship on a Marine coastal expedition in Thailand.
Our first scholar is Meg:
I have volunteered with both the Mallacoota Pony Club, instructing and also the Mallacoota Aged Care with both the elderly citizens and with fund raising. I got my dive license at 12, however have been snorkeling since I could swim. Most of my dive experience is on hooker, as I have little access to Scuba equipment, however I have done about 10 logged dives on scuba.I have a lot of respect for the ocean, and along with diving I enjoy fishing. Both my hobbies have led to me having a passion for marine conservation. My interests are in international politics and the environment, and am currently studying International Studies at Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria.
Our second scholar is Tammy, a student interested in total LandCare,a community based and government supported approach to the sustainable management and use of agricultural natural resources and school activities aimed at social justice issues.
We look forward to bringing more news about how these scholars get on!
Thank you for supporting this project.
Whilst we are still waiting for funds to come in and the possibility of developing partnerships, I wanted to share with you a success story for our Youth Scholarship Program in Australia.
Two $3,000 (AUD) scholarships are being offered to 18-20 year olds by the East Gippsland Shire Council (Victoria), in partnership with Young People Without Borders, to support young East Gippsland residents wanting to participate in an incredible Asia Pacific volunteer placement in 2015.
The scholarships are an investment by the community, for the community, which give otherwise inaccessible opportunities to local young people to engage in our Asian region.
Mayor Cr Mark Reeves, who is a huge supporter of young people expanding their horizons through travel, said the East Gippsland Shire Council is proud to support and engage young people from the community to access these immersive YPWB placements in Asia. "Enriching experiences in our region will support the development of the type of global citizens and intercultural leadership and understanding our community will need in the future and I encourage all young people to apply,” Cr Reeves said.
We really hope to be able to offer similar to the youths of the UK very shortly. In the meantime though, thank you for continuing to support this project. Your donations means that once we have everything finalised, we will be able to offer more participants the chance to change their futures.
We are seeing good progress with incoming donations for this project and are now looking for organizations in the UK to mimic the success of this project in Australia!
From our previous reports, we have told you all about our great partnership with the Federation of Young Australians organisation on Young People Without Borders (YPWB). YPWB creates pathways and opportunities for young Australians to experience and become immersed in the Asian region. YPWB wants all young Australians to be confident global citizens, and as we move into the “Asian Century”, the role of Asian economies, culture and people are increasingly important. FYA believes there will be lots of amazing opportunities to be part of this really exciting time in history, but in order to capture those opportunities, young Australians need to know about Asia (the many languages, cultures and histories) and share Australian culture with young people in the region.
Working with local councils, GVI Charitable Trust & YPWB are offering young people (18-20 years old) the opportunity to live and work in Asia as part of a immersive gap year after high school.
An example of this: East Gippsland Shire Council, in partnership with Young People Without Borders and Global Vision International, have exclusive scholarships of $3,000 for two young people of East Gippsland to undertake a volunteer placement with GVI in Asia in 2015!
This is a very exciting time for this program and we think an equally successful program could be done in the UK and so the search begins. If you know of anyone that could assist in this, please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A shocking new survey by the Prince's Trust has shown that as many as three quarters of a million young people in the UK may feel that they have nothing to live for, a study for the Prince's Trust charity claims.
The trust says almost a third of long-term unemployed young people have contemplated taking their own lives.
The Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index was based on interviews with 2,161 16 to 25-year-olds. The report found 9% of all respondents agreed with the statement: "I have nothing to live for" and said if 9% of all youngsters felt the same, it would equate to some 751,230 young people feeling they had nothing to live for.
The research found that long-term unemployed young people were more than twice as likely as their peers to have been prescribed anti-depressants. One in three (32%) had contemplated suicide, while one in four (24%) had self-harmed.
Martina Milburn, chief executive of the Prince's Trust, said: "Unemployment is proven to cause devastating, long-lasting mental health problems among young people.
"Thousands wake up every day believing that life isn't worth living, after struggling for years in the dole queue. "More than 440,000 young people are facing long-term unemployment, and it is these young people that urgently need our help. "If we fail to act, there is a real danger that these young people will become hopeless, as well as jobless."
This project is designed to counteract this problem. Only through your support and funds can we make a difference.
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