Global Village Project's impact begins one girl at a time,
but the ripple effects quickly expand to encompass our students’ families, the local Atlanta community, and like-minded educators and organizations around the world.
We see the most immediate shift in our students’ academic growth and school success, and the impact this has on their families goes beyond our school walls.
- On average, students gain 1.74 years of grade level growth each year they are enrolled at GVP.*
- 100% of GVP parents and families attend annual Parent-Teacher conferences and are provided transportation and interpretation services.
- Students participate in more than 25 experiential learning trips and hands-on field trips each school year.
- On average, our students have a 96% attendance rate.
100% of students agree…
“I plan to graduate from high school and believe college is important for my future.”
“It is easy for me to share my ideas and what I think at GVP.”
“I like trying new things at GVP.”
“I like learning about people and places that are different from me.”
These are the same students who might have dropped out of public schools. The public school system in Georgia is under-resourced to meet the needs of our students, yet the incredible growth they accomplish at GVP proves that this type of intensive, individualized education is exactly what they need to succeed.
GVP alumnae are not only achieving incredible success in high school and beyond, but are also empowering their families and local communities.
- 96% of alumnae who were enrolled in our academic program for at least 2 years and then matched with a mentor have continued their formal education. (Compare this to the fact that the drop out rate among refugee students in secondary school is estimated to be as high as 75%.)
- 9 GVP alumnae graduated from high school in May 2018 - our largest graduating class yet. That brings our total number of GVP high school graduates to 35.
- In May 2018, our first 2 GVP alumnae graduated from college! Bertha Nibigira graduated from Berry College and Rita Sui Par from Georgia Institute of Technology.
- 19 GVP alumnae are currently enrolled in college. Given the fact that only 1% of refugee students globally access tertiary education, this is a significant achievement.
- 93 alumnae and current students are participating in GVP’s Mentoring Program, supported by 65 volunteer mentors.
“My life would be so different because at GVP we are a big family no matter where you’re from.”
Located in Decatur, on the east side of Atlanta, GVP is playing an important role in engaging and educating the local community on the refugee experience and how to best support them.
- More than 120 volunteers contributed over 2,000 hours of service at GVP this year.
- Our staff designed and launched a new Cultural Orientation session for GVP volunteers, mentors, and staff. More than 100 members of the GVP community attended to learn about cultural competence.
- As a member organization of the Coalition of Refugee Serving Agencies (CRSA), we add our support to the rest of the refugee-serving community on issues relevant to the refugee population.
- GVP partners with more than 25 community and civic organizations, colleges and universities, and local businesses to promote education and advocate for the refugees in our school and community.
GVP is pioneering a teaching and learning model for effective refugee education, and educators from around the world are eager to learn about our methods and results.
- In the past three years, we have welcomed educators from New Zealand, Greece, South Korea, and Brazil interested in our innovative model.
8 GVP staff and faculty attended 10 local and international conferences and gave 5 presentations.
- Each year, GVP hosts 10-20 undergraduate education majors from Berry College for a practicum experience in multicultural education in diverse contexts.
- GVP’s team includes 7-12 interns each school year. Undergraduate and graduate interns from Emory University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, and Agnes Scott College work with teaching faculty across drama, ESOL, and mathematics classes and the development team.
*Students at GVP are assessed and performance levels are measured using three academic assessments at three different times per year: Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Literacy Assessments; Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) online adaptive tests of math, reading, and science; and WIDA ACCESS tests of academic English.