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Nersa Backstrom's Fundraiser:

AFS-USA Faces of America 20th Anniversary Campaign

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BENEFITING: AFS-USA INC

ORGANIZER: AFS-USA INC

EVENT DATE: Dec 07, 2015

Nersa Backstrom

THE STORY:

I'm helping to raise $20K to support AFS-USA's study abroad diversity scholarship initiative, Faces of America. 

Give Because: Studying abroad empowers students to have an global impact.

Thanks for visiting! My name is Nersa, and I’m an Alum of an incredible program called AFS-USA Faces of America (FoA). For two decades, FoA has been providing full study abroad scholarships to U.S. teens who – like me – want to see the world but can’t afford the cost of studying abroad. AFS-USA is currently celebrating the 20th Anniversary of FoA, and because my AFS experience was so invaluable to me, I’m helping to raise $20K to give future teens the same type of opportunities I had.

Why? Because studying abroad had a huge impact on my life.

I spent a summer in Paraguay with AFS learning Spanish and teaching English to elementary school kids. My host community of Pilar, Paraguay and the surrounding small town were a far cry from my native Chicago. The communities were so tightly knit, everyone was so nice, and I loved learning about their culture – from their food to their history. It was all so amazing, especially since I had never left the U.S. before.

Of course, I knew the experience would have a significant impact on me. But what I didn’t realize was how much I would impact the people I came in contact with. I will never forget when, a few days before my program ended, all the kids I taught gave me gifts with handwritten notes in English. Those gestures had so much sentimental value, and they made me realize that I wanted to continue helping kids.

Currently, I’m a freshman at Virginia State University and I serve as a mentor at the local Girls and Boys club. I spend three to four afternoons a week tutoring and mentoring a group of students, and I really feel like I can help them achieve a better future.  

As for my own future, I hope to become a travel photographer and continue exploring the world. Thanks to my AFS experience, I’m no longer afraid of doing things on my own or being in new places.

The Bottom Line:

You can only learn so much about the world from books. But through studying abroad and being immersed in a foreign environment, you learn so much so quickly, and you educate the people around you.

However, for me and many other deserving students, study abroad would not be possible without the FoA scholarship. So please, support my campaign to help raise $20,000 for FoA scholarships today! Any amount helps. And if you’re wondering exactly what kind of impact your donation will have, here’s a helpful index:

  • $5 - $10 shows support for diversity scholarships!
  • $20 buys a student's official AFS T-Shirt (worn for orientation and travel days)
  • $100 covers Pre-Departure Orientation materials
  • $200 pays the Application Fee
  • $500 pays the Program Deposit
  • $1,500 covers international airfare

More About the Program

Click here to learn more about international education leader AFS-USA and the FoA program. 

$440

MONEY RAISED
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  • Haki

    $20

  • Shameeka Leacock

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Lauren K.

    $20

  • Candace O AFS-USA

    $5

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Sydney Ramirez 2011

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Caitlin Belt

    $5

  • A Grateful FoA Returnee :)

    $100

  • Markus Patig

    $20

  • Gaby Villarreal

    $50

  • Mekari Cogdell

    $10

  • Melissa Busse

    $50

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22% Raised of $2,000 Goal

The Team: $20,881 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

AFS-USA INC

Amount Raised

$17,991

 

90% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sarah Chebli

Amount Raised

$851

 

43% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Samantha Hoffman

Amount Raised

$849

 

42% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Nersa Backstrom

Amount Raised

$440

 

22% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

John Meade

Amount Raised

$405

 

20% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Cristina Mojica

Amount Raised

$325

 

16% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Melissa Busse

Melissa Busse

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Mekari Cogdell

Mekari Cogdell

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

Gaby Villarreal

Gaby Villarreal

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Markus Patig

Markus Patig

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

A Grateful FoA Returnee :)

A Grateful FoA Returnee :)

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Caitlin Belt

Caitlin Belt

DONATION: $5

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Sydney Ramirez 2011

Sydney Ramirez 2011

DONATION: $10

Mary T. Schiavone 2 years ago