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!
On Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM, Global Village Project, a tuition-free, nonprofit private middle school for refugee girls, will hold its Fourth Annual Connecting Communities Walk. CCW is a 4.3 mile walk along the PATH Trail between Clarkston, where most refugees start their new lives in Georgia, and Decatur, where our school is located. We hope that you will join us in supporting newly arrived refugee girls and their families, by sponsoring our walk.
GVP students arrive in the United States eager for education. Some are older than traditional middle school age. Most have had little previous formal education because the violence and instability that forced them to flee their home countries made it unsafe to go to school. All dream of finishing high school, and attending college. Most are the first in their families to go to college. We believe they deserve that opportunity, and our innovative high school preparatory program and nurturing environment give these highly motivated girls space to grow into very successful students and empowered citizens. Every dollar we raise by walking helps provide life-changing educational opportunity to refugee girls at GVP.
Register to walk with us as an individual
Sponsor the event
Help us raise support by building your own fundraising ‘team’
Volunteer to help the day of the event
Email email@example.com to get more information about volunteering for the event on November 5.
Fund a scholarship for a GVP girl through your Georgia state tax dollars. The Georgia Private School Tax Credit (aka. Apogee) is a diversion program which lets you allocate your state taxes to the private school of your choice. This means that businesses and individuals like you can decide what to do with tax money that you would already be paying when you file your taxes: it’s a dollar-for-dollar tax credit.
The state sets aside $58 million dollars in taxes to divert into this program, and we are hoping to claim $75,000 of this money in scholarships for GVP students, through commitments from supporters like you. Last year, this $58 million dollar cap was completely met on January 1, the official opening date of the program, so we are asking you to pre-register as soon as possible, if you’d like to participate!
1. Click here to sign up online. (It’s very easy!)
2. Enter your name and contact information, and select our school in the drop-down box.
3. Hit “Submit,” and you’re good to go.
2. Submit the forms to Apogee via fax or mail.
Fax: (404) 419-7101
Mail: Apogee Scholarship Fund 3330 Cumberland Blvd, Suite 400 Atlanta, GA 30339
You will receive a copy of your completed forms from Apogee via email, for your records. Apogee will contact you regarding payment in early 2016.
We also gladly accept less than the maximum or splits, if you support another school!
Individuals: up to $1,000
Couples filing jointly: up to $2,500
Married couples filing separately: up to $1,250
S-Corp/LLC/Partnerships – shareholders of an S-Corp, member of a LLC or partner in a Partnership: $10,000
C-Corporations and trusts that pay Georgia taxes: 75% of their GA tax liability
It is extremely easy to re-apply. Sign up via the online form with your email address and/or Donor ID number, and it will auto-populate your contact information.
Contact Rachel Miller or Erin Halstead for help, and we can walk you through the process:
Rachel – firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call our office and ask for one of us: 404-371-0107
We are so proud of our Form 3 Graduates who are headed to high school, and our alumnae who graduated from high school this year!
On May 21, we celebrated twelve Form 3 students who have graduated from our program, and are headed to the next step in their educational journey. We are so proud of each and every one of you girls, and what you have accomplished! The future is yours to enjoy and conquer.
We are pleased to have four new staff members joining our team this summer! If you see these ladies in the office, please introduce yourselves and help us welcome them to GVP.
Director of Philanthropy
Rachel Miller, new Director of Philanthropy, is very excited to be a part of the GVP family. With over 30 years experience in fundraising and program development. Rachel is looking forward to expanding the financial opportunities for GVP to benefit the students. Her favorite thing about GVP so far is the hugs from the girls; her second favorite is the competency displayed by the faculty under the leadership of Dr. Amy and the valuable volunteers. She loves to travel, go to theater and concerts, workout, and take walks. Rachel is the adoring great aunt of Judah, Ella, and Mina and is waiting for her next great nephew to be born in mid-June.
Joining Global Village Project as the new Development Associate, Erin Halstead recently graduated from Georgia State University with her Master of Public Administration degree, concentrating in Nonprofit Management. Erin has over six years of professional experience in nonprofit organizations across a wide range of functions. She most recently completed a one-year communications fellowship at The UPS Foundation. With extensive experience working with database systems, she is dedicated to integrating data analytics with development operations at GVP to broaden our community impact and fundraising capabilities. Erin has a deep passion for working in cross-cultural environments and serving newcomers to the United States.
Amy G. grew up in Portland, Oregon and has lived in DC for the last eight years where she did her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University in International Politics and her graduate school at American University in Education. Amy taught in the DC Public Schools for three years before moving to Atlanta, where she is thrilled to work with GVP as an Assessment Coordinator. One of her favorite things about GVP is the students’ enthusiasm for learning and the teachers’ an staffs’ dedication to supporting every individual student. When she isn’t at GVP, Amy enjoys traveling, learning French and Arabic, exploring Atlanta, and running.
Community Engagement Associate
GVP welcomes Teni-Ola Ogunjobi as our Community Engagement Associate. Teni-Ola is a Nigerian-American and Metro Atlanta native. In the past year, she served the refugee population as a volunteer coordinator at New American Pathways. She also lived in West Africa for four years, where she served in the Peace Corps in Mali and Senegal and taught at intercultural schools in Senegal. Teni-Ola earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Howard University and a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Relations from the University of the Pacific. Teni-Ola is committed to serving diverse communities in international and domestic settings and seeks difference in her personal and professional contexts. She loves learning from the girls about the impact that GVP has had in their life and she is excited to join the GVP family to support volunteers, mentors, and partnerships and work with both the Development and Academic Program teams.
Sisters Bae Meh and Soe Meh graduated from high school in December and are now making their plans for college. They spent three years at GVP before moving on to Stone Mountain High School. After a year, they both transferred to Elizabeth Andrews, where they were able to complete their graduation requirements in only two years.
Bertha Nibigira is in her second year at Berry College, where she is a Bonner Scholar with a full tuition scholarship. Bertha is a pre-nursing major, and hopes to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. This summer, she plans to go back to East Africa for a study abroad and service learning trip.
Meh Sod and Zik Da are both seniors at Clarkston High School, where they are honors students taking AP courses (including AP English!). Recently, both were accepted, with scholarships, to Agnes Scott College.
On Saturday, November 5, 2016, join us for the fourth annual Connecting Communities Walk. For the first time this year, we are moving CCW to the fall! Please join us as we walk with our students and families from the Clarkston Community Center to our school in Decatur, a distance of only 4.3 miles on the PATH trail.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. If you’d like to support our community, through a walk sponsorship, you can download the Connecting Communities Walk 2016 Sponsorship Packet here. Email Erin Mills, Operations Manager, for more information.
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
5140 Memorial Dr
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Join us to celebrate the 2015-2016 Form 3 girls as they leave us to continue their educational journeys! Graduation will be held in the sanctuary, followed by a potluck in the courtyard. Feel free to bring a dish to share!