by Daphne Hall
Introducing Martice Sutton, Donor Relations Manager
Believe it or not, Martice found her way to GVP while doing a google search for volunteer opportunities. “I’ve always had a passion for girls’ education and wanted to get more involved with international communities in Atlanta. A simple google search to volunteer turned into an awesome career opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
On a day-to-day basis, Martice seeks and cultivates relationships with donors. She might be found at a GVP Authors’ Tea, at a meeting with an Atlanta family foundation, or calling on individuals to secure sponsors for the annual Tribute to Education Gala. Together, Martice’s training, non-profit experience, outgoing nature, and passion for “all things international” make her a good fit for Global Village Project. Her training includes a B.A. from Spelman College and an M.S. in Non-Profit Management from the University of Pennsylvania.
Since her formal education, she has worked both in India and the United States. She began her career in management and operations in Hyderabad, India, working for an organization that focused on affordable private schools. In the states, she has focused on development and fundraising for several organizations, including Ashoka Innovators for the Public, The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation, and Families First.
Even given wide experience, Martice says, “I have truly never experienced an organization that is as dedicated and committed to its mission as GVP students, staff, partners, parents, and volunteers. I love the community and village at GVP!”
Sunday Supper for Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend 2018
GVP Curriculum & Assessment Coordinator, Dr. Cassie Leymarie, and Community Engagement Associate, Teni-Ola Ogunjobi, join volunteer group for Sunday Supper.
GVP Alumnae Spotlight:
by Karen Leary & Daphne Hall
Achieving Her Goals
Zai Iang plans to become a hospital nurse when she finishes school, and GVP has been an important part of her life as she has worked toward that goal. She is currently enrolled in Georgia State University where her mentor Karen Leary met with her to conduct this interview back in October, 2017. When they talked, Zai reflected on her journey as a student and the impact of Global Village Project on her life.
Zai attended GVP for a year in 2011 and credits the school for her success in overcoming her fears. “Back when I first started school at public school, I was very nervous. I didn’t know the language. It was very scary because I barely had friends and was always alone. After I went to GVP and graduated from GVP, it was just like I overcame everything that I used to be scared of. [Even] now, compared to where I was back in the day, it’s very different because I guess I’m not scared of anything anymore. I can do everything by my own [efforts]. I mean, I always need help, but, what I mean is, anything you have to do alone, I used to be scared of, but I overcame that fear.”
She further explains that, “GVP is a very good school for people like us, like me or my sister who got to attend GVP…for the beginning people who come to America and just don’t know anything about American culture. It is a very good foundation for students like us to attend and then continue our lives and know more about Americans and the system of school so that we can achieve any goal in the future.” She also appreciates the teaching at GVP. “When you don’t understand about something, they will explain things to you until you get what you need. You can always go back there any time you need help. They are always ready for you whenever you need help.” Zai also praises mentors. “They help you any time you need help and they are always available when you need help. Yeah.”
How did Zai get from GVP to GSU? “After I left GVP, I transferred to Clarkston High School. Then my parents bought a house in the Tucker area and I moved to Tucker High School. I graduated there back in 2016. Since I graduated, I took a break first semester to get my financial aid ready and then I attended Georgia State University starting in January, 2017.”
Like many college students, she balances part-time employment with attending classes at GSU. “I used to work at Metro PCS, but now I work at Banner Butter,” a small, local business that makes butter from hormone-free, grass-fed cows. “We form the butter, package the butter, get it ready for shipping, and then ship it. I like it because it’s very easy and it matches with my schedule so I can go to school.” What does this mean to Zai? “On my work days, I don’t have any classes, so it’s really good.” She also has the advantage of being able to live at home with her parents and siblings. Her dad works at night for the Cargill company; her mom takes care of her older sister’s children; her sister Siang (who attended GVP) will graduate from Tucker High School this spring; and her brother Samuel is in the 11th grade there.
Even though she knows that it is not easy for people to stay in school, she advises GVP students to persevere because the rewards are worth it. “Sometimes they give up. They say school is too hard.” She encourages other students by saying, “if you stay in school and focus on your work, I am pretty sure that you will achieve your goal. And, later on, you will be a great person in your life and then get a good job. Yes.”
Keep up the good work, Zai!
Shabbat Shirah Service
GVP Chorus sings at a Shabbat Shirah Service hosted by Congregation Bet Haverim.
On the evening of January 26, GVP Chorus performed at the Shabbat Shirah Service hosted by Congregation Bet Haverim (CBH) at Oakhurst Baptist Church. This annual observance celebrates the connections between justice, freedom, music, and dance. This year the CBH focused on the journeys and circumstances of refugees, immigrants, and the Dreamers who are currently at risk. Thanks to CBH for inviting our GVP Chorus to your service and being such a welcoming community.