| Jun 5, 2015
Promoting volunteering, educating girls & great progress of new YS volunteers in Kratie Province
Your Turn - Promoting Volunteering
This report is a mixed bag of topics. The past few months have been very busy at Youth Star as we consolidate our new group of 10 graduates in their placements, continue to oversee the previous group of three graduates as they near the end of their year of volunteering and undertake recruitment of the next volunteer group. During this time we have also been busy providing submissions to donor organisations for funding assistance, active in promoting the benefits of volunteering to the broader Cambodian community and supporting Mrs Michelle Obama's 'Let Girls Learn' campaign.
One highlight so far this year was when our Youth Star volunteer Ms UTH Sithea was invited to participate in a panel session at a Peace Corps workshop in Siem Reap attended by the United States First Lady, Mrs Michelle Obama. Mrs Obama visited Cambodia in March 2015 to promote her 'Let Girls Learn' initiative. At the workshop Ms Sithea discussed Youth Star’s experience and approach in working together with local communities to deliver educational and other programs in rural Cambodian provinces.
Youth Star enthusiastically supports Mrs Obama's 'Let Girls Learn' initiative, which is closely linked to Youth Star's objectives and work program. We have already posted a separate report on Globalgiving providing more information about the workshop, the initiative and even a photograph of Ms Sithea with Mrs Obama - you can read it here.
Last week I visited our group of volunteers working in Kratie province. They are all making great progress. It is so rewarding to see them grow as individuals and see the impact they are making on the communities in which they are placed. In 2015 Youth Star modified its mission and work program to provide an increased focus on eradicating illiteracy and poverty in marginalized Cambodian communities, and our new volunteers in Kratie province are all busy working towards this objective. Some photographs of Youth Star's work in supporting education in these communities are attached to this report.
In April 2015 I was invited to represent Youth Star as a panel member in a Cambodian television program entitled 'Your Turn'. The topic of the program was 'Volunteerism in Cambodia'. This program interviewed three representatives of NGOs operating in Cambodia about their experiences in promoting volunteerism. While this was my first TV appearance and I was very nervous, it was a great opportunity to promote volunteerism to the broader Cambodian community. The program is available on YouTube if you would like to watch it - it has English subtitles, and I have included a few screenshots from the program with this report.
When Youth Star began its operations almost 10 years ago there were very few Cambodian organisations using Cambodian volunteers to deliver their programs. While international and locally based volunteerism has expanded in Cambodia over this period, the Youth Star graduate volunteering program is still unique in terms of the commitment required from our volunteers, who dedicate one year of their life to helping their country.
We think the Youth Star volunteering model is more relevant than it has ever been and ideally suited to helping all young Cambodians to receive the education and tools needed to participate meaningfully in the development of their country.
As always, I would would welcome any questions you have about the Youth Star program or any aspect of our work. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Your Turn panel discusses volunteering
Ms Sophea talks about volunteering to Your Turn
YS volunteers Nut Ngoun, Heng Rina & Ea Chan Heng
Providing lessons in the classroom
Providing children with the opportunity to learn
Helping with physical exercises