Urban youth from low income areas face disproportionate barriers to travel and obtain educational experiences. We are looking for supporters like you that can help a group of young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning adventures and activities beyond their classrooms or neighborhoods.
Who are we?
We are an energetic group of 10 high school students and 2 teachers at the Boston Green Academy, that would like to complete a Service Learning Trip to Puerto Rico in April, 2018. We need help to make this a reality and to be able to reach our final goal of $26,000.
Boston Green Academy's mission is to graduate all of our students prepared for success in college and the workforce. As a public school that is deeply vested in cultivating a highly skilled and actively engaged global citizenry, we prepare all of our students to be leaders in local and global environmental stewardship and activism, to live their lives responsibly and sustainably, and to take advantage of employment opportunities in the burgeoning green economy.
Why do we want to go?
We have taken our students to Guatemala, to Spain, and twice to the Dominican Republic. For the fifth year we planned to go to Cuba, but after the disaster in Puerto Rico and the mediocre response of the federal government, we recognize that the needs of Puerto Rico are urgent. We want to help the Puerto Rican people. The theme of this year’s project, “For the People,” reflects the vibe of our Boston Green Academy community. BGA prepares our students “to lead in the sustainability of our community and world”, as stated in the mission statement. Our students face adversity daily, yet they prove that they can rise to the occasion with the support of an extended family made up of BGA staff, students, families and community partners. We hope that by executing our project for a fifth consecutive year, we will continue to promote our mission. In participating in this year-long project, our students will become agents of change. They will understand the value of helping to improve the lives of others, and in doing so our students will themselves be transformed. They will gain greater understanding of the lasting effects of centuries of inequity and colonialism, and will be inspired to reach people in need. During the early stages, we will use this time to educate our group members on the specific nature of our theme.
How the money will be used?
The money will cover flights from Boston, MA to San Juan, Puerto Rico transportation, accomodations and meals. It will also cover materials needed to complete the volunteer work in Puerto Rico
Service Learning Partners:
Our service is entirely based on volunteer work with local organizations. We urgently want to participate in a program to get involved within the community and help in any way possible. Building connections with el pueblo will draw our students to help the people, gaining valuable hands-on experience in the process. As we have seen over the past four years, our service learning projects have inspired our previous students to volunteer and study abroad, to become members of exciting organizations and to pursue more opportunities as agents of change.