Thirty Students Launch Projects to Improve Community and World After Participating in Educational Program and Studying Climate Change in Bangladesh0
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 3, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Thirty youth leaders from the San Francisco, New York and Minnesota areas are implementing social action projects designed to help their communities in particular and the planet in general, says nonprofit World Savvy. The projects are the students’ way of sharing the knowledge they gained after participation in an innovative one-month immersion trip to Bangladesh to study climate change.
In these impactful projects, students are fusing their first-hand experiences in Bangladesh to their respective local communities in the United States. Since students observed how regional actions could have a direct impact on global sustainability, their action projects will empower their local communities to make a change in order to prevent further global destruction.
In December 2011, thirty youth leaders and five educators from across the United States earned the unique opportunity to experience how climate change is affecting the local environment and community in Bangladesh firsthand. The international trip was part of the American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP), an initiative sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and global education nonprofit World Savvy.
The program is administered by World Savvy (www.worldsavvy.org), a non-profit organization that educates and engages youth in community and global affairs. Program goals include fostering mutual understanding, respect, and civic engagement among young Americans and their Bangladeshi peers.
“Enabling students to meet individuals affected by climate change in Bangladesh helps illustrate the connections between issues, events and people, locally and globally, in a way that promotes informed, positive action,” explained World Savvy’s Executive Director and Co-Founder Dana Mortenson. “Since major issues such as the environment, economy, natural resource distribution, and immigration are truly global in scope, it is essential that we provide students with educational opportunities to view these issues from multiple perspectives.”
While in Bangladesh, youth leaders and educators witnessed the devastation in the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest, and additionally, visited communities that lost farmland as a direct result of climate change. These and many other first-hand experiences provided youth leaders and educators with the understanding that our actions in the United States can have an impact halfway across the world.
After traveling to Bangladesh, Natasha Wood (San Francisco University High School, San Francisco, CA) realized how poverty in Bangladesh and in the world could be decreased by better allocating natural resources. Inspired by this epiphany, she is working to install solar panels in her school in order to decrease excessive consumption. Aury Hernandez (Flushing International High School, Queens, NY) is also focusing on decreasing consumption at his school through lobbying for and raising funds to replace paper towels with hand dryers in school restrooms.
Filip Kostanecki (Wayzata High School, Plymouth, MN) is addressing the lack of awareness amongst his peers in the Minnesota area about climate change by developing an informational website that will also include local events related to climate change that students can attend. Filip is hoping that his website and the events that he is recommending will inspire students to learn more about global issues and encourage them to be more involved in the local and global community.
About World Savvy:
World Savvy educates and engages youth in community and world affairs, to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. Learn more at: http://www.worldsavvy.org .
* Photo Caption: From left to right: American Youth Leadership Program participants Steven Torrisi, Tania Ahmed, educator Linda Stern, Judy Yang, Amirah Birt, and Aury Hernandez at the closing ceremony of their month in Bangladesh.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 2, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Tickets are now available for the World Savvy 10-Year Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco. With the mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, World Savvy is a nonprofit organization serving youth and educators nationally from offices in San Francisco, New York, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. The Celebration will bring together World Savvy’s network of globally minded individuals and raise funds to support the organization’s mission and programmatic activities.
The Celebration in San Francisco is one in a series of celebration events hosted by World Savvy this spring to commemorate a decade of work in building a more informed, engaged, and globally competent generation of leaders and change-makers. World Savvy has reached more than 250,000 youth and 2000 teachers. The San Francisco Celebration will feature entertainment from the beloved San Francisco band Jazz Mafia, an open bar with signature drinks of the evening, and an eclectic menu of food from around the world provided by La Cocina.
Dana Mortenson, the co-founder & Executive Director of World Savvy and a 2011 Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, will give an inspirational keynote speech. Guests will participate in exciting silent and live auctions for a range of exclusive items including vacation packages, spa treatments, gift certificates to premier San Francisco restaurants, and limited edition designer jewelry.
Tickets are $150 for general admission. Guests also have the opportunity to purchase a “Champion” ticket which includes general admission for one plus sponsorship of one educator to attend the event. Additional World Savvy 10-Year Celebration events will take place in New York on May 3rd and Minneapolis on May 17th. For more information on event sponsorship, purchasing tickets, or donating to the live and silent auctions please visit http://worldsavvy.org/donate/10th-Anniversary-Celebrations/ or contact Edward Wang at Edward@worldsavvy.org or 415-813-1686.
About World Savvy:
With the mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, World Savvy prepares the next generation of leaders to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. It was founded in 2002 in response to the critical unmet need for youth to acquire global knowledge and 21st century skills and an absence of quality, mainstreamed global education opportunities for K-12 students and teachers.
World Savvy’s work supports systemic change in K-12 education to provide every student in every classroom with the content knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be leaders and change-makers in their diverse communities, locally and globally. Since 2002, World Savvy has worked with over 250,000 youth and 2,000 educators, through core programming including youth engagement, professional development, customized consulting, and educational E-resources.
More information: http://www.worldsavvy.org .