Happy holidays! Thanks to your September donations, 2012-2013 YAN Fellows Josh Nathan and Clara Rowe have been making great strides in Cameroon this year! They are working in three schools, reaching approximately 100 students. Students have already completed lessons in social justice, leadership, new media advocacy, and email basics. They are currenlty narrowing in on their group project topics, using the web to research:
"Our students are hard at work this week developing ideas for their social justice projects. During classes, we helped students separate into groups based upon topics of interest—government, environment, health, community, and education. Clara modeled a sample project based upon her own interest in the environment and local fisheries. We then challenged them to come up with a specific question they would like to research for the coming months. Their responses were amazing. Within minutes, our students were deep in conversations about why students fail their secondary school examinations and what the consequences are of polluted water sources in Cameroon. Diana was interested in learning more about whether Cameroon qualifies as a democracy; and Emmanuella and Delphine were wondering how the advent of modern movies, music, and ideas has affected traditional cultural practices in Cameroon." Josh Nathan, October 31st 2012
They will soon be putting their websites together and beginning thier multimedia projects!
In other news, YAN received a grant from the Pink House Foundation to begin an after school program in Washington, DC this coming spring semester. We are currently vetting potential partner schools in the area. This grant, in addition to the funds you all helped us raise in September, will keep YAN up and running through June. I am still, however, fundrasing to support the internship program over the summer. Each student-intern will cost approximately sixty dollars. This will pay for their transport as well as a small stipend. Without this stipend, many students would need to work over the summer to help support their families. If you have some spare change this Christmas season please consider sponsoring an intern! As a registered 501(c)3 charity, all YAN donations are tax deductable.
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