What does GVP do?
Global Village Project operates an innovative high school preparatory program that serves teenage refugee girls who have interrupted education and limited English proficiency. We also operate a mentor program to support alumnae who are now in high school and college. GVP was founded in 2009 by tutors and volunteers who had been working with refugee after school and Saturday programs. They recognized that many refugee young women, resettled and placed into local public middle and high schools, needed more intensive and individualized support to help them succeed academically and socially. With a strong educational foundation and ongoing support, GVP alumnae are staying in school, graduating, and going to college. At least 15 GVP graduates are enrolled in area colleges and universities including Berry College, Agnes Scott College, Georgia State, and Georgia Tech.
How many students do you serve and where do they come from?
We enroll about 40 students in our full day academic program. Our students have been in this country for 3 years or less. This year they come from 15 countries including Afghanistan, Burma, Central African Republic, Nepal, Rwanda, Syria, and Somalia. We serve more than 75 students and alumnae in our mentoring program.
Why do you serve girls and not boys, too?
Globally, it is estimated that more than 130 million girls are not in school. Of the more than 120 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who cannot read or write, 61% are women. GVP students are representative of these statistics. Their lives and opportunities have been directly impacted by war, displacement, economic hardship and cultural norms that place a low priority on girls’ formal education. As an all-female learning community, GVP empowers refugee girls to learn, take risks, work collaboratively and creatively, ask questions, imagine new paths for their lives, and pursue the dreams that led them to this place.
How do these girls come to your school?
Most of our students are referred to us by other refugee serving agencies, including New American Pathways, IRC Atlanta, Catholic Charities, and World Relief. We also receive many applicants through word-of-mouth, recommended by friends and families.
Why can’t these students go to public school?
We admit refugee young women ages 11-18 who arrive in this country with interrupted, limited or no formal education. They typically have Kindergarten through 2nd grade skills in reading and math when they arrive at our school and limited or no English language proficiency. Public schools often do not have the resources to provide older students like these with the intensive support and individualized instruction they need to “catch up” and succeed in high school.
How do you fund your programs?
Our organization is funded mostly through private donations from individuals and foundations. We do have some federal funding through the Refugee School Impact Grant. Our students’ families pay no tuition; lunch and transportation are also provided free of charge.
I have some wonderful barely used clothing and books—can I donate them to your school?
No, we do not have the storage space to take in-kind donations but hope you will visit our school’s Amazon.com Wish List if you would like to purchase and donate particular items. We also have a winter essentials drive (socks, gloves, hats, and scarves) in December each year, but we ask for new items only and that you speak with our staff before making any donations. Otherwise, please go to our website and consider making an online contribution to our school.
How can I help?
We depend on private donations to support our school and provide full scholarships for all of our students. The best way to help is to sign up as a monthly recurring donor. For just $50 per month, less than one average trip to the grocery store, a GVP student is able to eat lunch at Agnes Scott College every day. We have a “Donate Now” button on our website homepage, and that is the easiest way to give. Please also follow us on your social media accounts and help us spread the word about our school.
How can I sign up to volunteer at GVP?
Sign up on our website under “Get Involved”. We have more than 150 volunteers weekly who act as tutors, mentors, lunch walkers, classroom helpers, and office helpers. We have great group opportunities to fundraise for GVP during our Connecting Communities Walk or to serve by providing lunch for our students when Agnes Scott is closed. Contact our staff and find out more!