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November 1, 2017

GVP’s Connecting Communities Walk 2017 – PRESS RELEASE

GLOBAL VILLAGE PROJECT WALK FOR REFUGEE GIRLS’ EDUCATION

 

Decatur, Georgia- November 1, 2017- Global Village Project (GVP) hosts its fifth annual Connecting Communities Walk on November 4th. CCW is a 4.8 mile walk along the PATH Trail between Clarkston, where most refugees start their new lives in Georgia, and Decatur, where our school is located. The walk starts at the Clarkston International Bible Church, 3895 Church Street in Clarkston  at 10 a.m. and finishes at the Decatur Presbyterian Church, 205 Sycamore Street, Decatur.  All community members are invited to walk with GVP’s parents, students, staff, and volunteers to support refugee girls’ education.

The registration fee for students is $15 and $25 for everyone else. All participants will receive a t-shirt. All funds raised will support the Global Village Project. To register to walk or to donate please visit: https://globalvillageproject.secure.force.com/default/cnp_paas_evt__ExternalRegistrationPage?Site_Id=a2i0f000000lBSUAA2

This year, GVP will host an Open House immediately following our Connecting Communities Walk 2017. All CCW participants and volunteers, GVP family and community members, and supporters are welcome to explore our school to see our newly renovated space and learn more about our programs and upcoming events and activities for the 2017-2018 school-year!

GVP is a nonprofit, accredited special-purpose middle school serving teenage refugee girls who are just learning English and often have had interrupted educational experiences in their countries of origin. The students attend the school free of charge. GVP relies on private donations to support its educational programs. GVP is located in the Decatur Presbyterian Church.

Clarkston International Bible Church is at 3895 Church Street, Clarkston GA 30021.

 

For More Information Contact:
Erin Alred
erinalred@globalvillageproject.org
www.globalvillageproject.org
404.371.0107

October 26, 2017

Global Village Project’s Connecting Communities Walk 2017!

On Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM, Global Village Project, a tuition-free, nonprofit private middle school for refugee girls, will hold its Fifth Annual Connecting Communities Walk. CCW is a 4.8 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 and/or walking with us! 

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.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

REGISTER to walk with us

Click here to register yourself as an individual walker.

Help us raise support by building your own FUNDRAISING ‘team’ or donating to an existing team

Click here to become a fundraiser or donate to a team for the Connecting Communities Walk.

Click here for instructions on creating a peer-to-peer fundraising page for CCW 2017.

VOLUNTEER to help the day of the event

Email taogunjobi@globalvillageproject.org to get more information about volunteering for the event on November 4th.

October 25, 2017

11-28-2017: Georgia Gives on Giving Tuesday

 

Georgia Gives on Giving Tuesday, an annual “flashmob of giving,” is when people all over Georgia give to their favorite nonprofit organizations within a 24-hour period. This year Georgia Gives on Giving Tuesday is November 28th. Since GVP started participating in the annual event four years ago, supporters like you have given over $200,000 through the campaign – putting us in the top 10 on the statewide giving leaderboard!

Please visit our #GAGives on #GivingTuesday page at: https://www.gagives.org/c/GGD/a/globalvillageproject

 

Global Village Project (GVP) is an innovative special purpose school for refugee girls and young women with interrupted education. Our mission is to develop a strong educational foundation for each student within a caring community using a strengths-based approach and intensive instruction in English language and literacy, academic subjects, and the arts. With an approach focused on students’ strengths and resources, Global Village Project demonstrates how adolescent English Language Learners with limited and interrupted education can be highly successful students and empowered citizens. GVP aims to provide an exemplary model of excellent and equitable education for newcomer refugee learners. For 9 years now, Global Village Project has provided free, high-quality education to refugee girls ages 11-18. Our full-day academic program emphasizes a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) framework that integrates units of study across subject areas. Field trips and learning excursions are a vital component of our STEAM Education and Career Exploration program because they allow for hands-on, experiential learning and exposure to real-world applications of drama, music, history, STEAM, and career opportunities.

This year for GAGives on Giving Tuesday, we’re celebrating the friends and supporters that make it possible for our students to explore learning outside the classroom through field trips and off-campus learning expeditions!

STEAM is an interdisciplinary approach, which recognizes that creativity, communication, and collaboration are integral to learning. Alongside intensive literacy instruction, STEAM is at the core of our curriculum at Global Village Project. Last school year, groups of GVP students had the opportunity to go on more than 25 field trips across Atlanta, allowing them to practice their classroom knowledge through hands-on, project-based learning experiences.

Arts integration provides an invaluable medium for learning, expression, and empowerment – especially for students like ours who lack the language skills to grasp new and challenging concepts. Throughout the year, students visit arts partners like the High Museum to gain a broader understanding of creative expression and learning.

GVP’s STEAM Career Exploration program is critical to opening our students’ eyes to new opportunities and encouraging ambition. This program brings together an entire learning unit exploring careers, and includes visits to companies and colleges across metro Atlanta.

 

 

October 23, 2017

SCHOOL CLOSED OCTOBER 23, 2017

 

 

 

Global Village Project is closed on Monday, October 23rd. Due to a scheduled power outage related to construction at our school site, GVP will not have power for a few hours on this date. No GVP students, volunteers, or interns should report today. We apologize for the inconvenience. We will reopen on Tuesday, October 24th.

Please check Global Village Project’s website, emails, calling posts, social media, and/or local news media outlets for updates regarding school closures. If you have any questions, contact us at 404-371.0107 or info@globalvillageproject.org.

October 4, 2017

GVP Newsletter – September 2017

FEATURED STORIES

Volunteer Spotlight:
Ellen Dotts

by Bethanne Jenks

Who is Ellen Dotts?

Ellen Dotts, chair of GVP’s Executive Board and weekly volunteer, is an executive coach who has helped pharmaceutical, human resource, and other industries around the world. After earning an undergraduate degree in psychology, she completed a Masters of Business Administration degree. She has been on the Executive Board of GVP for four years, and will be Chair of the Board for the 2016-2019 term. When asked to reflect on the time management challenges of being a parent, an executive coach, a GVP board member, and a volunteer, she said, “Successful time management is deciding to set aside time intentionally and then be intense—not just to be at a place, but of choosing just a few priorities. And stick to that choice of how to spend time! Do it well. Be fully focused and fully present without distractions.”

In speaking about the Board and its role apart from governance responsibilities, she commented that the Board strives to expose more people to GVP and invite them to know the students and the school.  She has observed that, when people encounter the individuals of Global Village Project, donations flow. She also stated that another role of the board is political advocacy for and promoting awareness of refugees in general.

In describing possible reason for the high level of commitment of board members, she noted that half of them have teenagers at home now, and most of these are girls. These include Ms. Dotts’ own teenage girls who, at 16 and 18 years old, are within the age range of GVP students. She also spoke about the importance and impact of GVP’s volunteer program. Before joining the Executive Board, 40% of the members had already been engaged with GVP students as volunteers, tutors, mentors, lunch walkers, or attenders of the Tribute to education. In other words, they had gotten the “touch and feel” of the students at GVP

Ms. Dotts understands first hand some of the challenges of being a newcomer in an unfamiliar place. She said, “When I lived in the Netherlands and when I travelled for business in Asia, I felt out of my comfort zone when I did not understand what people were saying or what the street signs meant.” The writer and Ms. Dotts discussed the awkwardness of being in a new situation and needing a translator and needing to know how to ask for help of natives without becoming a burden. They agreed that it takes some time to reach “a new normal” when in another country. Insights like these have supported Ms. Dotts’ understanding of the needs of GVP students. From her own experience, Ms. Dotts has advice for students who are looking ahead to what they want to become. She suggests that they “seek people who have already ‘assimilated well,’ notice how they succeeded, and ask for advice and feedback.

 

Staff Spotlight:
Linda Smiley

by Daphne Hall

Introducing Linda Smiley, Mathematics Teacher

Go ahead and discard your notions of geeky, boring mathematicians. Ms. Linda, GVP’s math teacher for Forms 2 and 3, is a person who is not afraid to take risks and try new things. Teaching at GVP is a prime example of one of those risks. She explains that, “Working at GVP is different from anything else I’ve ever done.”

When she’s not teaching or grading papers, Ms. Linda likes to walk, hike, bike, read, and knit. She enjoys putting things together, like IKEA furniture. She has joined a writer’s group and has enjoyed writing some character sketches.

Like her students, Ms. Linda has moved around a bit. She was born in Jackson, Mississippi and has lived in Chicago and Washington, D.C. as well as Atlanta. She lives here with her husband and has a son and a daughter who live in the area. Also like her students, she has studied multiple languages. She says French is her strongest language besides English, but she has also studied German and Russian.

Ms. Linda has been at GVP since the fall of 2010, the second year that GVP was open, and shared some of her thoughts about the school. In particular, she gives kudos to GVP’s “excellent staff.” In those early years, the flexible Ms. Linda taught science as well as math. From the beginning, she has been impressed with the ability of GVP students to adapt and learn English—to take risks and learn new things. Additionally, she says, “the happiness factor at the school is an uplifting surprise. GVP is a joyful place to be. I respect our students so much.” She also says, “I really enjoy moments when kids understand things and gain confidence. For example, just last week, a student exclaimed, ‘I’m smart this year!’ I also really enjoy keeping up with students after they leave.  It is so nice to see them making their own way.  The mentor program is such a great part of that trajectory–Michelle Kuperman is awesome!”

Ms. Linda is also part of each student’s trajectory. Thank you, Ms. Linda!

 

October 1, 2017

GVP Frequently Asked Questions

 

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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 45 students in our full day academic program.  Our students have been in this country for 3 years or less.  In the 2017-18 school year, students come from 12 countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Iraq, Ivory Coast, 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!  

 

 

 

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September 26, 2017

Turn Your Taxes into Donations for GVP!

 

 

Fund Our Futures.

Global Village Project
Georgia Private School Tax Credit 

 

 

It’s that time of year again, when private schools across Georgia are telling all their friends about one of the most convenient donation programs of the season – the Georgia Tax Credit Program.

But if even hearing the word TAXES makes you tune out (you wouldn’t be alone if so), the sound of this whole thing might be confusing or intimidating. So this year, we’ve created a little video to break it down for you.

Learn how easy and convenient it is to redirect some of your Georgia state taxes as a donation to GVP and earn double the tax credit!

We want to make sure that friends and supporters of Global Village Project know about the program, and how it allows you to conveniently redirect some of your state taxes as a donation to GVP. These donations become scholarships for the refugee girls at GVP and help cover the cost of their tuition, transportation, and lunch each day.

Thank you for watching and sharing this information about the Georgia Tax Credit Program (Apogee)! Click the button below to sign up at Apogee123.org, or call Global Village Project at (404) 371-0107 if you have questions. We’re happy to help!

Sign Up for Apogee Here

September 19, 2017

Join Our Team!

 

 

 

 

 

WORK AT GVP:

Donor Relations Manager (FT)

(Please see position description for details about how to apply.)

AMERICORPS:

Global Village Project is currently recruiting for two 2017-2018 School Support AmeriCorps member positions through Notre Dame Mission Volunteers (NDMV)! Click the service description below for details on the positions. Learn more about Notre Dame Misson Volunteers and their program before completing your application.

To apply, complete and application via NDMV’s website: APPY HERE. Contact NDMV’s Site Director, Alison Sheldon, at atlanta@ndmva.org, and/or the GVP Site Supervisor, Teni-Ola Ogunjobi, at taogunjobi@globalvillageproject.org if you have questions.

School Support AmeriCorps Member – Service Description

September 14, 2017

Sponsor GVP’s Connecting Communities Walk 2017!

On Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM, Global Village Project, a tuition-free, nonprofit private middle school for refugee girls, will hold its Fifth 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 and/or walking with us! 

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.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

REGISTER to walk with us

Click here to register yourself as an individual walker.

SPONSOR the event through your business

Click here to sign up your business or organization as a walk sponsor.

Learn more about the benefits of sponsorship.

Help us raise support by building your own FUNDRAISING ‘team’ 

Click here to become a fundraiser for the Connecting Communities Walk.

Click here for instructions on creating a peer-to-peer fundraising page for CCW 2017.

VOLUNTEER to help the day of the event

Email taogunjobi@globalvillageproject.org to get more information about volunteering for the event on November 4th.

September 13, 2017

SCHOOL CLOSED SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2017

 

Global Village Project will remain closed on Thursday, September 14th. No GVP students, volunteers, or interns should report. All faculty and staff who are able, should report. Please remain safe.

Please check Global Village Project and DeKalb County School District’s website, emails, calling posts, social media, and/or local news media outlets for updates regarding the weather and school closures.

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