I am thrilled to be apart of Atlantic Impact's Blogger Challenge for a chance to travel to Barbados with some of Detroit's unserved high school students! Atlantic Impact is a non-profit that provides underpriviledged youth with the opportunity to travel abroad to better understand their own communities here at home. The work Atlantic Impact does allows students to expand their intellectual horizons and build positive life experiences, through travel.
I am a strong advocate for international travel and believe deeply in the positive affects it can have on one's outlook on life. I also believe that travel should not be reserved for those of a certain socio-economic status or even age. All persons from all backgrounds and ages can benefit from travel and the exposure of new places, people, and traditions that come along with it. Atlantic Impact's mission aligns beautifully with my interests and passions: children, travel, and marginalized communities. As a former educator I traveled to Belize with 11 of my students, all of whom who come from backgrounds similar to the students in Detroit. I witnessed first hand the impact traveling abroad has on students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Unlike learning in a classroom and seeing positive affects progress over time, the value of travel is evident right away!
I am blogger and photographer of Don't Throw Away the Crust, a brand dedicated to documenting the compelling stories of the marginalized communities of the world through editorial, documentary photography and video. I use "crust" as a metaphor for marginalized peoples, such as the sophomores in Detroit taking part in this experience. The socio-economic status of their families place them in a part of society who are often times disregarded and forgotten about. Please help me invest in these scholars by donating to my team. The deadline to receive donations is Monday, June 9th by 11:59 PM EST! Remember: Don't Throw Away the Crust!
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