July 23rd 2012
Today seven high school students arrived in Honduras from the Lower East Side of New York City. They are part of a short-term cross-cultural experience called “Global Girls.” Global Girls is a program connected with the Educational Alliance. Founded in 1899, the Educational Alliance was set up to help Jewish immigrants get settled in the United States. The mission has now broadened to help youth of all races, cultures, and religions break the debilitating cycle of poverty through educational and culturally based programming.
“Why did you return with your group to Copan?” I asked their director last night at the introductory dinner.
“We had a great experience last year,” shared Amaryalis, a 7-year veteran of the organization. “The staff is exceptional—so welcoming. The diversity of programs is amazing. Our girls loved the opportunity to participate in the summer camps and after-school programs, and they really enjoyed working with other teens.”
Global Girls enables impoverished girls to travel outside of their own community. “We believe girls grow in their worldview and outlook on the world when they see other cultures,” added Amaryalis.
For the next two weeks UrbanPromise Honduras will host these young women as they work and learn about Honduran culture. These young women will return to New York City changed, thanks to their experience with the UP community in Copan, Honduras. They will move closer to understanding what it means to be a global citizen…not just a global girl.
Consider bringing your youth group or church group to UP Honduras. Blair would love to talk with you about it! Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org