BENEFITING: CFVI INC
HOURS PLEDGED: 3,000
At V.I. Scholars, we believe that every child deserves to grow up in a peaceful and prosperous community, yet the children of the Virgin Islands live far from this ideal. Sadly, ‘America’s paradise’ is in reality home to one of the nation’s worst public education systems and highest rates of crime and poverty.
Our mission is to identify, develop, and support future Virgin Islands leaders, empowering them to effectuate positive change within their local community.
We do this by providing Virgin Islander high school students with a 3-week Summer Leadership Institute that exposes them to leaders throughout their community, experts on issues facing V.I. youth, like-minded peers, and courses taught by students and alumni from Stanford University.
While in our Institute, Scholars enroll in 6 courses ranging from Entrepreneurship & Innovation to Leadership & Public Speaking. Throughout the program, Scholars work in small groups to research and develop community projects that they implement post program with seed-funding from our organization, local volunteer support, and mentors.
Our Scholars make an immediate impact in the short-term and are inspired as responsible citizens to make a positive difference in their local community throughout life.