The participants had the advantage of having a hands on experience. By having meetings at One By One’s world headquarters, working behind the scenes at One By One’s benefit event, and having the possibility of traveling to Washington DC. The students have the opportunity to gain perspective and learn about the non-profit world.
ABOUT THE YOUNG GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAM
As part of our strategic plan to create cross-cultural activism and awareness around international maternal health issues, One By One started a Young Global Leaders Program. We accepted Middle and High School students Seattle-area schools to join us to learn more about obstetric fistula and One By One’s work to eradicate it, as well as women’s and girls’ issues worldwide, global development, and complex public health systems. Students had the opportunity to use and develop their leadership skills through various presentations and projects.
Young Global Leaders serve as a vital resource to connect our local community to One By One’s work in Kenya by working together to create awareness and encourage conversations about global and maternal health, gender equality, and development. Through the Young Global Leaders Program, we hope to spread the word about obstetric fistula.
WHAT PREVIOUS YEARS’ STUDENTS HAD TO SAY
The Young Global Leaders Program of 2011-2012 consisted of twelve high school and junior students from five Seattle-area schools to learn about obstetric fistula and One By One’s work to eradicate it, as well as women’s and girls’ issues worldwide, global development, and complex health systems. The students had the opportunity to learn from guest speakers and each other as they presented an issue they researched and were passionate about.
“The Young Global Leaders Program was a unique opportunity for me to gather with my peers and learn about global health.”
-Clara, a YGLP alumnae
“I loved being in the Young Global Leaders Program with One By One!..my favorite part of the program was getting to go to Washington D.C.! On the trip we met with a lot of non-profit organizations and talked to them about their issue that their organization works with and how their issue relates to obstetric fistula…Out of the experience of working with One By One I am going to take with me all of the amazing memories from working with everyone. Most importantly though I am going to take with me the new leadership skills I learned and the knowledge that I now have about obstetric fistula and other women’s health issues.”
-Asha, a YGLP alumnae
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