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This fundraiser ended on 12/31/11

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"Denote towards a opportunity to do community service at Dominican Republic, Haiti and Nicaragua and live with a host family."

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Our mission:
To provide urban youth from low-income communities with the skills and perspective that enable them to effect positive change in their lives, communities, and the global community, through engagement in leadership training, social entrepreneurship, international cultural exchange and service learning.

Our vision is that Global Potential (GP) empowers low-income urban youth aged 16 to 25 to create positive change in their lives and communities. With GP, “Challenges become Opportunities,” and the philanthropic process is turned around: those who might typically receive help, learn how to use their own strengths and life experiences to help others and, in turn, themselves.

For 12 weeks, youth participants engage in a social entrepreneurship and leadership training program run at their high school, where they gain skills and knowledge that will prepare them to live and volunteer for six weeks in a rural village in a developing country (where at least half the students have a cultural background). This fosters increased global understanding and tolerance among communities and youth who would not normally interact, and improved ability for the youth to put their problems into context and discover solutions.

With improved skills to negotiate across cultural divisions, and having learned how to integrate problem solving in real time situations, the participants return to their diverse local communities and create culturally-appropriate social enterprise ventures, in partnership with Ashoka Youth Venture, to address needs they have identified—becoming catalysts for local social change.

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Bio:
Andres is a Junior at Fenway High School and a graduate of 2012. In his life he has done many activities such as community service at the Museum of Science and worked in offices like Human Resource and Marketing and Communications at Northeastern University. He attends Youth Development Initiative Program (YDIP) a scholarship program that gives its students enrolled a scholarship for Northeastern University. He has been there since the 7th grade in the hopes of being a successful man in the near future and working with the community.

Andres wishes that GP help him prepare to meet new people and go to new places to influence his career to help others. He defines global as meaning the “world nations as one people helping each other out ideally globally.” He sees potential as meaning “success, to not give up and keep striving higher.”


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