In the United States there are countless youths who do not have access to opportunities that will allow them to reach their full potential. The aim of this program is be open to young leaders who have shown initiative, passion and commitment within their own community. We need to be able to provide access to skills to these individuals so that it creates a pathway to other opportunities.
It is very important for us at this point to access how we can re-launch this initiative and create more awareness so that it reaches the youth that so desperately need it. The National Scholarship Program in the US is all about offering opportunities to youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. The opportunities will allow them, not only to grow as individuals through life experience, work experience and training, but equip them with the confidence to work towards improving the situations of others within their own communities.
We here at the GVI-CT believe that when we have the opportunity to see and experience how other people live, work and play we can grow as individuals and becoming more aware and concerned citizens. An awareness outside of our own realities that we can bring home and use to facilitate personal and professional growth. Once we equip young people with hard and soft skills, confidence and knowledge they can return to their communities and become an inspiration to those around them.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about how we can take this initiative to the next level please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org We need your continued help and support to allow this program to expand and start to create meaningful and tangible differences.
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.
Recently one of our scholars Brydie, from Queensland, Australia, completed her volunteering experience with GVI at our Nepal hub as one of our Child Care volunteers. We asked her to complete a questionnaire on her time at the project. Here is what she had to say:
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 were the main highlights working with GVI?
The best part about working with GVI is that you can experience the culture of the country while still seeing the differences that your input makes. The festivals here in Nepal have been a great highlight so far and also meeting all the amazing people who come and just want to help in any way that they can.
We really hope to be able to offer similar experiences to students shortly. In the meantime though, thank you for continuing to support this project. Your donations mean that once we have everything finalised, we will be able to offer more participants the chance to change their futures.
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 US 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 USA and so the search begins. If you know of anyone that could assist in this, please do get in touch at email@example.com.
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