One of the most amazing organizations that I’m supporting on the Peninsula is the Young Dreamer Network in Redwood City.
YDN is a teen leadership and service learning program that is empowering high-schoolers around the world to be difference-makers in their communities. Through local and international community service projects, and cultural exchanges with Young Dreamers from various countries, teens learn to make a difference in a way that taps into their own gifts and passions.
Our Indian Young Dreamers live in Jaipur, Rajasthan in, a slum called Ambedkar Nagar. They come from struggling homes and would not be in school were it not for the scholarships provided by YDN. They all attend a top notch private high school in Jaipur. They’re thrilled to have the opportunity to achieve their potential and pursue their dreams. In addition to working hard in school, the Young Dreamers meet every afternoon to receive tutoring lessons, and engage in community service projects on a monthly basis.
One of these Young Dreamers is Radha, an 8th grader. She is an enthusiastic, engaged young middle school girl in the India Young Dreamer Chapter. She lives in a small room with her parents and 3 siblings. Radha’s family survives under crushing poverty, typically eating just one meal a day. School is her ticket to a brighter future. She is 13 years old, but behaves as if she were the oldest member of the group by setting an example of hard work and deep confidence in herself. She is determined to succeed. This is her third year in the scholarship program. She is hoping for her scholarship to be extended into her high school years.
If this program inspires you in some way, you can help teens like Radha achieve their dreams of obtaining a quality education and becoming the leaders and change agents their communities so desperately need with a donation of any amount at www.dreamvolunteers.org/donate