(Date TBD) Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service is a unique and innovative partnership between The Angelrock Project; The Salvation Army Bushwick Community Center;The Salvation Army South Africa; and The OLIVE LEAF Foundation that will bring thirty at-risk youth from Bushwick, Brooklyn to Johannesburg, South Africa on July 31, 2008 for two weeks of global service.
The children, ages 12 to 15, will participate in a rich volunteer, educational, and mentoring program. They will volunteer in Diepsloot and Soweto, helping orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC’s) and grannies in their homes, schools, community centers, gardens, and at clinics.
The youth will be partnered with young adults who will mentor the children and accompany them on their service projects, as well as lead team building, leadership skills, volunteer follow-up sessions each evening.
Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service was born out of the crisis
Inner-city youth across America are facing as they enter their teenage years. Many youth succumb to the pressures facing them, whether it is to drop out of school, get involved in gangs, or use drugs, and we need innovative ways to break this cycle. Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service presents a unique and extraordinary opportunity to thirty such youth from the community of Bushwick in Brooklyn, New York.
Bushwick is an underserved neighborhood in Brooklyn with a population of 100,000 people. It has consistently struggled to overcome obstacles, such as drug trafficking, a high incidence of child neglect, rising crime rates, and broken families. Over half of its population lives below the poverty line and receives some form of public assistance. Only a little over 60% of the students of its largest high school, Bushwick High, graduate in four years. Out of the 289 students that started high school as freshmen in 2002, 91 had out dropped by 2006.
Due to the crisis also facing OVC’s on the continent of Africa, as well as in the country of South Africa, non-governmental organizations such as The Salvation Army and the OLIVE LEAF Foundation (OLF) are meeting the needs of this population and their families by tackling such necessary issues as health, education, housing, and nutrition.
Through The Angelrock Project’s (whose humanitarian division is run by philanthropic cause-related marketing executive Malaak Compton-Rock and her husband comedian Chris Rock) support of both The Salvation