On December 28th, two short months from now, 5 of the 6 FUEL Youth team members (we’ll miss you, Mike!) will embark on our (almost) full-team visit to Liberia. We couldn’t be more excited, as this 11-day trip will help us to solidify our relationship with the Liberian communities with whom we hope to build strong, long-lasting partnerships as we move forward. We have a pretty ambitious and hefty agenda while we’re there. Here are a few of the highlights:
We will be visiting the United Christian Academy (UCA), the first school fully supported by FUEL Youth.
At UCA we will be ringing in the New Year with children and their families in the Gardnersville community (tons of Liberian kids + FUEL Youth team + iPod shuffle + silly NYE hats and kazoos = Best NYE Ever!)
Meet with Liberian Female Lawyers Association to explore the possibility of a mentor program to encourage young girls to continue their education and to pursue their dream post-school (background info on disturbing trends)
Meet with student associations from the University of Liberia and other universities in Monrovia to build support for our tutoring programs that engage university students in their local communities and is the basis for a positive community development cycle
Visit the second FUEL Youth school-building project in Grand Cape Mount County, which is underway in the rural village of Messima
Host and experience the final match of a FUEL-Youth sponsored youth soccer tournament to promote unity and community development
Present Medals of Outstanding Achievement and Scholarship Awards to the high school students who have passed their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and who will continue onto University with the support of FUEL Youth
Distribute dozens of life vests donated from a company in New England to rural villages that are isolated by bodies of water during Liberia’s intense rainy season
Meet and build relationships with local representatives and with interested community members to assess the needs of each community and discuss how we can work with the communities to provide educational opportunities
Attract local media attention to the needs—educational and otherwise—of rural Liberian communities
We will do our best to document this trip via photo and video so that we can share as much of it as possible with all of you upon our return! And we humbly accept any support you can offer FUEL Youth to support our programs.
And for all our friends and supporters in the Washington, DC area, we are planning our holiday fundraiser (Libations for Liberia II) complete with DJ Moose spinning records. Please look out for more details.
As always, thanks so much for your interest in and support for our work!
The FUEL Youth Team
Eddie, Sean, Alison, Mike, Christine and Katie