Have you ever spent a day with someone different from yourself? Did it change your views on the world?
We are Berea College Education majors. Berea is a school for low-income, high potential students. You can check out our mission here:http://www.berea.edu . All of us have worked very hard to get where we are, and because of our own life experiences, all of us are dedicated to social service. As Education majors, many of our experiences are with children.
This summer, a group of us are spreading out across the United States to spend between 4 and 8 weeks volunteering with youth from cultures other than our own in order to learn more about students who may be in our classrooms someday. We want to be the best teachers that we can possibly be, and this is one of the best learning experiences our school has to offer us. Not only do we get to work with awesome kids for the summer, but this experience can change so many lives in meaningful, positive ways.
However, our school has been unable to locate funding for this project. Because we, the students, do not have unlimited financial resources but have the same financial responsibilities as most Americans, some of us cannot afford to volunteer and would have to spend the time we would have dedicated to this experience working at minimum wage summer jobs. While we plan to have summer jobs in addition to our volunteer work, many of us simply would need to spend as much time as we can working, significantly decreasing the amount of time we could give to volunteer work.
Instead of dropping our plans of serving multiple communities (Native American, African American, Hispanic, refugees, etc.) all across the country, we have decided to fund raise. This has led us here to you. If you can contribute at all, even if you can only donate $1 to our volunteer experience, that would be much appreciated. We need to raise $40,000 by the end of the summer. As we have learned about in our classrooms and in our lived experiences, one person cannot do a lot, but a lot of people can really change the world. We would love it if you can be a part of changing our worlds.