Water is Life – PSA #9

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Yang
I am a student that loves to volunteer. I am currently studying at Dalian Nationalities University, majoring in Environmental Protection Engineering. I have organized a large scale environmental protection public activity for World Environmental Day and took part in the Roots & Shoots Youth Summit-Beijing. I organized a tea ceremony to show the art of tea to the entire community. In this way my group promoted the spread of tea culture and enriched the life of the elderly in the community. I am a recipient of the Roots & Shoots Award Prize.

Ethan
I am a student at Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago, Illinois. A few years ago I became more interested in nature, and that led me to investigate possible programs or groups to join. I found Roots & Shoots and started a group at my school. Since then we have set up a Humble Park Cleanup Day where we planted trees, cleaned up the park and spread awareness of keeping the park clean; we’ve had a can drive; participated in a walk-a-thon where we set-up a table and told people about environmental issues; and helped raise money for Rebirth the Earth. I am also an apprentice at the Lincoln Park Zoo and was an intern at the Malott Family Zoo for 6 weeks in the summer. Through these experiences I met Dr. Jane Goodall, went behind the scenes of every building, and learned about many important environmental and conservation issues. These events inspired me to pursue a career in wildlife biology. Recently I became a member of the Roots & Shoots Great Lakes Regional youth Council. My other extra curricular activities include the Red Cross Club, Netaid Global Citizen Corps Leaders, the Northside baseball team, Welles Park baseball, Northside bowling team, Key Club and Global Initiative Club.

Ting
I live in Shanghai, China. I am studying statistics in Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. I became a volunteer for the Shanghai Roots & Shoots office in 2006. Since then, I have been working as the coordinator for Eco-Office program, which was a new initiative of Shanghai Roots & Shoots at the time. My role is to work with the program manager to make plans, recruit schools and companies to participate, organize workshops and create databases to record results to report back to the corporate sponsors. My experience with Roots & Shoots has become an indispensable part of my life. My leadership and managerial skills have improved tremendously in the process. I have become more confident in myself and believe that every individual can make a difference. Through Eco-office/Eco-home/Eco-school program, my team and I raise awareness of global warming and encourage people to adopt environmentally friendly lifestyles. Roots & Shoots has had such an impact on me that I will continue to dedicate my time and energy to the sustainable success of the program. I am also interested in electronics and computer science and am the IT person for Roots & Shoots. I also enjoy watching movies in my spare time.

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LaToya
I am a senior at Little Wound High School and plan to attend college next year. As a Roots & Shoots member I do projects such as: recycling, winterizing elderly homes, and other projects that are currently in progress. I have experience in distributing food and jackets to needy people in my community. One of my extra curricular activities is cross country running. I am an active member of the National Honor Society and have received various awards that contribute towards my education.

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Peace – PSA #8

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Itai
I am a master’s student at Iowa State University majoring in Anthropology guided by Prof. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Prof. Jill D. Pruetz and Prof. Lisa Fontaine for a master’s in Chimpanzee Representational Symbology. I received my bachelor’s in Social History and Arts at Tel-Hai Academic College, Northern Galilee, Israel. In addition, I am involved in a number of humanitarian and environmental projects, including promoting peace in the Middle East by helping raise awareness to those in need of humanitarian aid in the Syrian Ragar Village, as well as promoting non-human hominid rights for the purpose of lifetime hostel sanctuaries for Chimpanzees, Gorillas and Orangutans in captivity. Since the year 2000 I have led Roots & Shoots lectures and educational programs in dozens of clubs, schools, and universities. I helped save the endangered species of the Syrian Cat-Eyed Spade Footed Frog by convincing the municipality of Herzliya to protect an Israeli wetland called “Bassa.” I am the coordinator of The Jane Goodall Institute’s R&S Israel, and a board member of Negiot an Israeli Autistic and Communuicationally Disabled Children’s Association. My articles include ” King of The Wetland ” and “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité’ in Ma’ariv National Newspaper Weekend Edition. In 2005 I received the Dr. James Gillihan Award for a Life of Peacemaking presented at the Teachers of Experiential and Adventure Methodologies (TEAM) Conference, from the North Eastern Illinois University. I was recently invited to present my research at the 2007 JGI Chimpanzoo Conference at Wichita, Kansas.

Deus
I am a 23-year old Tanzanian and a very active member of Roots & Shoots. I am currently traveling around the United States to raise awareness about the Roots & Shoots program and Roots & Shoots projects in Tanzania. Roots & Shoots is in my blood and in my heart. My projects range from keeping baboons out of fields to teaching villagers about more efficient adobe ovens.

Maria
I am currently a senior at Nauset Regional High School. My school based activities consist of student government, world music ensemble (where I play the guitar), varsity tennis, debate club, Invisible Children, and Model United Nations. I have also participated in French exchange and have helped with German exchange events. Outside of school I am very involved with volunteer work, because I am passionate about helping the environment, my community and solving world conflict. I am also involved with Habitat for Humanity, Roots & Shoots, and Cape Cod Youth Council on Sustainability. I am passionate about learning about the world, especially through my studies in international relations. My dream is to work for UNICEF or be an American ambassador for Germany. I have won a variety of awards including: the German Award, Tennis Award, Smith College Book Award and Adam’s Scholarship.

Farouq
I am from Jordan and am now a second-year student in the NYIT (New York Institute of Technology) University in Jordan, studying business MIS. I lived in Nablus-Palestine until 2003, but my parents sent me to Amman to continue studying in school, because in the West Bank we don’t go to school everyday. For the past two years, I have helped out with children’s games at my school’s Food Fair day. I also helped organize a talent show as part of my group’s efforts to fundraise for the tsunami victims. One of the most amazing things I have done is to work with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society. This society helps injured people by sending food and milk to families when they can’t leave their homes. In my university last year, my friends and I gathered clothes from students to give to those without enough.

Haya
I am an 18-year old Palestinian student. I am studying business at Al Najah University where I am a freshman. I have worked with several organizations, including PYALARA. PYALARA conducts workshops to discuss issues related to my community and we have announced our accomplishments to the community through national television stations. I have conducted a workshop about gender discrimination. I also participated in the Cultural Children’s Club in Nablus where we conducted activities for teenagers and children. I was one of the representatives from my country chosen to participate in a program called Hands of Peace, for which I was chosen to be an Extraordinary Leader.

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Woman Abuse – PSA #7

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Mayra
I was born in Mexico and raised in Chicago. I grew up with a family who taught me how to be strong and do the best I can. I am a junior in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I am motivated to reach outside what is normally expected and go above and beyond with ideas and activities. I enjoy learning new things and love to travel the world to learn about other cultures and traditions. I am a soccer fan and have played since I was in third grade. I embrace different traditions and incorporate them into my everyday life. I am an artist who looks at art as information and action.

Idessa
I am a sophomore at Al Raby High School. Earlier this year I participated in a youth summit that involved educating youth on everyday issues such as bullying, teen pregnancy, and much more. This project helped me to grow more as a person and as an African American young lady growing up in a low income neighborhood. Currently, I participate in an academic decathlon and plan to start tutoring in early 2008. I consistently take honors classes and was ranked third in my class of 145. I hope to continue to improve.

Ashley
I am a 15-year old who will be celebrating her birthday at theSummit. I attend Al Raby High School on the Westside of Chicago, Illinois, and I am a sophomore. Currently, I rank number third out of 149 students. I have particip ated in the Youth Leadership Conference at the Garfield Park Conservatory, and also volunteer at a HIV/AIDS conference. My future goals are to go to the University of Illinois and major in Childhood Education.

Wildife Conservation – PSA #6

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The makers of this PSA have since gone on to form the Global Youth Council for Wildlife Conservation. A group of young people dedicated and passionate about conserving the wildlife of our planet. Check out their website, www.youthforwildlife.org.

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Camden
I was born in the small town of Denton, Texas. In Texas I attended Woodrow Wilson elementary school where I played football, soccer and baseball. When I was 11 years old my family moved to Eureka, California where my father achieved a job as a professor at Humboldt State University. I am now a sophomore at North Coast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy where I am part of the Youth Actors Guild. I recently performed in productions of “King Henry the IV and V,” “Cyrano de Bergerac” and with the San Francisco Operas production of “The Barber of Seville” (I had a non-singing part in the opera). I have also been volunteering at the Sequoia Park Zoo for the past six years, doing over 700 hours of work. When I turned 16 in 2007, the zoo gave me a job as a zookeeper, which I greatly enjoy. I also helped to start the Sequoia Park Zoo chapter of Roots and Shoots, for which I am currently treasurer. I was a member of my school’s cross country team until I was injured in 2006. I also recently obtained my drivers license as well as my life guard certification. I have also had the privilege of going on international trips with my parents, the majority of which have been to Europe and Central America.

Xin
I am a graduate student at Sichuan University majoring in evolution with a focus on amphibians and reptiles. I have been involved in a student organization called Sichuan University Environmental Volunteer Association (SCUEVA) since 2002. This involvement has played an important role in my university life because it has provided me with many opportunities to participate in different kinds of projects: battery recycling on campus and surrounding communities; environmental education on campus, parks and elementary schools; holding a discussion forum on environmental topics; fundraising and managing books in our reading room. I was president of the association from August 2006 to June 2007 and received one of the Top 10 Leaders Awards in my university. As SCUEVA has wide connections with other NGOs and student clubs, I have found an avenue to learn more about conservation jobs. I have been a volunteer in WWF and helped to finish the GIS maps of some giant panda nature reserves. At present, I could say I am the most experienced Roots & Shoots volunteer for the South West Office. I love wildlife! I always had a hard time tearing myself away from the Discovery Channel and National Geographic. Recently, I have purchased a digital camera and now taking photographs has become a new hobby for me.

JJ
I have just finished my first year of veterinary science at Sydney University. I enjoy a wonderful life living with my parents and as a member of WIRES wildlife rescue. I spend my free time surfing and rock climbing. After finishing high school at SHORE School in North Sydney, I traveled alone to Europe for five months and then to the Democratic Republic of Congo where I worked in a chimpanzee half-way house. This was an experience that changed my life. I am currently writing a short chapter to be included in the book “Heart to Heart,” which will look at the relationship between chimps and humans.

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Don’t Take It Lightly – PSA #5

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Mark
I was born and raised in San Diego. At age 12 I began studying Ninjitsu and acquired my first paying job as a surf camp counselor/instructor. I still work for Ocean Experience during the summer. As a freshman I joined the junior varsity basketball team and joined the cross country team my sophomore year. Currently I am captain of the cross country and track teams. Aside from working as a Ninjitsu instructor, I work with the San Diego Food Bank and Storefront to serve the community. Storefront is a shelter for abused or abandoned teens. The experience was eye-opening. For nearly seven years, I have been a surfer. I live two blocks from the ocean so I have always considered it my playground. My strong interest in international policy led me to join the Model United Nations team in my freshman year. In the four major conferences I attended, I achieved three outstanding recognitions and one best delegate. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my community and extracurricular activities. They have polished my interest in being well rounded and well balanced.

Todd
I am a senior at Little Wound High School. I plan to go to Stanford and become a biologist. I have always found biology to be a very interesting subject. There are so many living creatures, it’s an endless study. I have done many community service projects, mainly dealing with people in my community. I have helped to winterize the homes of the elders living in my community. I also donated coats to less fortunate children in my community. I was not raised in a wealthy home and rarely got what I wanted. However I would always give whatever I could to other people because I knew what it was like to be without. In the spring I plan to do a dam restoration. Currently the dam is polluted and there is graffiti in the area. I am on the cross country team and play basketball. I like to work out and keep healthy. I am also in drama and am the senior class president.

Chelsea
I currently attend Hunter College as an upper sophomore in the City of New York. I intend on pursuing my environmental passions through an environmental studies minor, and intend on majoring in Earth Science Education. I will graduate from Hunter College with a master’s degree in Education to teach Earth Science on a high school level. I have been involved in the Roots & Shoots program since 2004 when I founded a group in my hometown Babylon, Long Island. The Roots & Shoots program has given me many opportunities to participate in community service events, as well as give me an organization to run my own community service events through such as beach clean-ups. I am truly interested in working with others on community-based projects. Upon completing high school in 2006, I received the most prestigious award in my community, the E. Donald Conroy Scholarship Award, showing excellence in community service and academics. I am currently pursuing my interest in the Roots & Shoots program by establishing a New York City Network through the creation of a New York City Office. As the NYC Outreach Coordinator, I feel it is necessary that the people of NYC are aware of the pressing issues involving the environment, people, animals and the global population.

Zubeda
I am a form-six student in the Dar es Salaam region. I joined Roots & Shoots in 2004 and during that time I participated in beach cleanups, environmental day, Roots & Shoots week, animal week, a public talk at the University of Dar es Salaam, and visited orphans. I was also awarded a certificate of membership and am a member of the planning committee for Roots & Shoots. I prefer to read novels, watch movies and talk about children’s and women’s issues. I also like to play sports.

Washo
I am a junior at Merlo High School. My community activities include working as an intern at the Oregon Zoo, conducting animal education lectures and assisting three Roots & Shoots groups with their activities. I also rehabilitate injured animals. I make some of these animals ambassadors to the schools, so that we can help teach the children why wild exotic animals should not be pets. I was the keynote speaker at the launch of World Pulse Magazine in 2004 and at the Northwest Earth Institute Conference in 2006. I have received the IDA Youth Guardian Award, Ashley Shamberger Award, President’s Volunteer Service Award and many others. I also enjoy photography, fencing and hiking.

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Water – PSA #4

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Rohit – Canada
I am an 18-year-old graduate of John Fraser Secondary School. I have led the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance since 2005, and I coordinate Volunteering Peel, a nonprofit organization I started in grade 11. I value environmental stewardship and strong communities. I am very involved in my community, having volunteered over 2000 hours of community service in my high school years alone. The focus of my volunteering group is local community events, and I have been actively involved in mobilizing over 500 volunteers to attend these events for the past two years. I am an advocate for environmental issues, and my interests are long-distance running, social justice work, and volunteering. In 2006, I was named Mississauga’s Youngest Volunteer of the Year, and was honored by the Province of Ontario with the Ontario Medal for Young volunteers the following year. Described as a youth leader, I have been actively involved in extracurricular activities from day one in high school. I have been part of my school band as a trombone player, led the environmental club for two years, participated in track and field, been actively involved in the arts and music councils, Model United Nations, and my school paper. I was the national Under 18 Representative for the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition this past year. I look up to outspoken environmentalist David Suzuki, and have even met him on a few occasions. I am going to the University of Toronto at Mississauga for Environmental Management in September.

Regina – United States
I was born in Mexico City in 1990. I have three brothers and no sisters, and believe that because of this I have developed a strong and independent personality. When I was eight years old, my family moved to Mesa, Arizona. I am currently a senior at Red Mountain High School and am ranked ninth in my class out of over 800 people. Throughout my life I have been taught to dream big, work hard, and never settle for less. I started volunteering in ninth grade. I have volunteered with the city of Mesa at a kid’s summer program and go to an elderly home once a month. I am also extremely involved with project C.U.R.E. and New Global Citizens. I have received a Latino Leadership Award, and was chosen to speak at a luncheon as a student representative for New Global Citizens this year. I am also a writer for The New Globalist, a newspaper for the New Global Citizens. I truly believe that youth can change the world and if we join together we can have a stronger impact. As each year passes, I hope that I can grow as a leader and make a difference in the world. “Do not go where the path may lead. Instead go where there is no path and leave a trail”- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Maia – Philippines
I study at Canossa College in the Philippines. I have been a member of Friends of the Seven Lakes Foundation (FSLF) Roots & Shoots group since 2003 and am currently the youth president. I was the 2004 Kiwanis Kids President and am the charter director of the San Pablo Leo Club. As a member of the FSLF Youth, I participated in lake clean-up campaigns, tree planting, watershed climbs, mini eco-camps and other environmental activities. The work we do for our local communities through FSLF is something we share with other kids in international conferences. I was one of the delegates to the 2004 Tunza in the USA and to the 2005 Young agenda 21 in Norway. In March 2007, I was the sole delegate to the UNICEF-Biovision Children’s Forum in France and lead delegate in the Canossian Global Youth Congress in Hong Kong in July 2007. I am also very interested in the arts. I have been dancing since preschool and have done ballet performances to raise money for various causes. I am also a member of a choir and enjoy playing lawn tennis.

Calvin – United States
I have been educated at the Albuquerque Academy and at the Outdoor Academy, a small semester school for sophomores that focuses on experiential education and the environment. Both schools provided me with opportunities to do countless hours of community service, like trail maintenance, historic monument restoration, and volunteering on an organic farm. In addition to the Environmental Club, I am also a varsity swimmer, a HOBY leadership alumnus and have a 4.24/4.00 GPA.

Diego – Spain
My name is Diego, I was born in Valladolid but now I’m studying in Salamanca. Since I was a child I became aware of the problems that are threatening our environment. This took me to develop a specific way of life and conditioned my studies. Moreover, I have always felt the need to help other people. These facts have made my life be orientated to pursue goals such as justice, respect and solidarity. During my years as a student I founded tworegional organizatiosn to promote environmental awareness named: ACASAL (Asociacion de Ciencas Ambientales de Salamanca) and FECYLCA (Federacion de Castilla y Leon de Ciencas Ambientales) of which I am now the president. My will to help people became a reality when I was elected by my colleauegs in Universidad de Salamanca to represent the students community. For more than six years I have been the students’ representative and, together with them, we developed different projects with a wide range of objectives. The most important ones were: environmental conference, Regional League for Debate; and Environmental Education Project. Thus when I finished my major in Environmental Sciences I decided to continue studying a PhD in environmental engineering. Nowadays I keep on working for the environment and the social communities through JGI Spain’s R&S program “BioDiverCity” which aims at raising awareness among citizens regarding their rich biodiversity and how to protect it. I will try hard to continue this way of life

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One World Youth Project – PSA #3

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Jennifer – Nigeria
I live in Lagos, Nigeria where I am currently studying Mass Communication at The Nigerian Institute of Journalism. I became inspired to build a career around using media for global development and effecting positive social change after my experience on John Pilgrim’s BBC three counties radio show in England where I had the opportunity to talk about volunteering and my writings. I write a youth column called Dis Generation for a national newspaper in Nigeria. My first book entitled “In Days to Come” was published by the Young Poet Society in United Kingdom. Although very passionate about Journalism, I have spent the past three years learning and working on community development issues and volunteering locally and internationally as an active global citizen committed to working for a positive change. I strongly believe in young people; the posterity of every Nation must look beyond their cultural differences and make themselves available for empowerment so that they can make profound contributions to their local environment and world at large. Thus, I maximize every opportunity to learn about global issues first-hand as this helps me make a positive difference. I am currently serving as One World Youth Project’s International Ambassador; I spend time mentoring youths to build their leadership skills needed to achieve United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, while at the same time building intercultural awareness and understanding. I love to work with young people, and I also love to read, write, perform poetry, cook and travel.

Thomas – Australia
I attended Daylesford Secondary from 2002 until my graduation in 2007 in the top 7% of students state-wide, earning the prestigious Trewhella Award for leadership, community work and academic ability. I have recently commenced a Bachelor of Arts (Global) at Monash University majoring in International affairs, Politics and French. I currently serve on the board of the Victorian Government’s Youth Affairs Council which is the peak body and leading advocate for young people’s issues in Victoria. I am also a board member of the Red Cross within Victoria and serve as the Lobbying Team Leader within the MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY Campaign. I have previously served as the National Chairman of the Air Force Cadets representing 6,000 teenagers, an advisor to my local council and as the President of the student community representing 500 of my peers. I am currently undertaking an internship with Australia¿s first youth run aid and development agency and volunteer with the International Affairs Institute and UN Association within Victoria. I have presented on youth and global affairs for several organizations and write prominently on contemporary issues to a variety of publications and online journals. I am a recipient of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and was the 2005 Regional Youth of the Year and the Victorian Cadet of the Year in 2006 amongst other awards. I have also traveled extensively and in my spare time enjoy playing the African flute, learning Kiswahili, practicing the Filipino martial art of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, reading, running and mountain biking.

Jessica – United States
I serve as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization called One World Youth Project. One World Youth Project is a global sister-school initiative for middle and high school age youth, linking together schools and youth groups from around the world in learning partnerships for cultural exchange and action on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. This year 48 schools are involved in One World Youth Project from 20 countries and over 12 U.S. States. I am currently an undergraduate student at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. My involvement in youth activism began over eight years ago when I joined the Jane Goodall Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian program for youth, Roots & Shoots. In 2002, I was one of two U.S. students chosen to travel to South Africa to represent the United States at the Children’s Earth Summit (held in conjunction with the World Summit on Sustainable Development). In April 2005, I also represented the United States and Sustain U.S. at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in New York City. I was the recipient of the 2004 BRICK Award from Do Something, the Massachusetts Governor’s Points of Light Award, as well as the 2005 Brower Youth Award. I have also been a keynote speaker alongside Dr. Jane Goodall and former President Bill Clinton, as well as a speaker at UN World Environment Day, the U.N. Youth Assembly and the Green Festival.

Ashima – Dehradun
I completed my degree in Commerce from the Dayanand Anglo Vedic College, Dehradun. I also obtained a diploma in Foundation Course for the Education of the Specially Abled from the Madhya Pradesh Bhoj University. During school, I organized and led a number of workshops on women’s empowerment in the remote villages of Jaitanwala and Harrawala. Under the School Council Membership, I spearheaded a sanitation initiative for the village of Nakronda. The students donated an amount that totaled more than a hundred thousand rupees that were used for building ten community toilets in the village. I have visited and interacted with students of the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped, the Bajaja Institute of Learning, and the Sharp Memorial School for the Blind and the Cheshire Home for the Mentally Retarded. During this time, I provided free Rehabilitation Counseling in remote villages. In 2004 I joined the One World Youth Project as a Project Ambassador and have since worked with young people on various issues. I have coordinated street plays on Child Labor and helped to create a Millennium Development Goals awareness campaign. I was also a keynote speaker at the Uttarakhand Council for Science and Technology. My interests range from trekking and traveling, to singing and reading.

Hubert – Rwanda
I am 24 and a fourth year student at National University of Rwanda where I study medicine. I am interested in global health and humanitarian work. I am the One World Youth Project Ambassador, a youth organization working to achieve Millennium Development Goals by schools and youth group partnerships. I am also the coordinator of RwanDanmark project which is the partnership-based initiative between Rwandese and Danish medical students who work to promote women’s health conditions in southern region of Rwanda and to help students in capacity building skills through volunteering, workshops and seminars. I have participated in a nine week e-course on PRSPs (Poverty Reduction Strategic Papers) for young people organized by UNFPA and YAC (Youth Action for Change). I have also attended the 4th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights in Hyderabad, India. I have participated in a leadership training organized by One World Youth Project in Maryland, USA. I have attended the 6th Annual Global Linking and Learning programme on Human Rights in Development in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I have good computer skills and speak English, French and Swahili. I work with a good team spirit and responsibility sharing; I have intercultural skills by working with international students. I like swimming and traveling.

Alexandra – Kyrgyzstan
I was born in Russia, Murmansk and moved to Kyrgyzstan in 1995. In 2003 I started volunteering for United Nations Volunteer Resource Center in Kyrgyzstan. Later, I spent some time working with United Nations High Commission of Refugees as a translator and an assistant to local staff from Japan. During that period I came up with an idea to distribute information on volunteerism and its use for the society. I created brochures “Who are volunteers” that were distributed around the country. In 2004 I won the Future Leaders Exchange scholarship that gave me an opportunity to attend Rye High School in Colorado. In 2006 I took a position of Future Leaders Exchange Alumni coordinator in American Councils in Kyrgyzstan where I was coordinating 650 young people from all over the country organizing different social and educational projects. I have organized more than 30 short term projects such as “Two month Tech Club for Village Children,” “English and Computer Club” for people with disabilities and the Charity Ball “Fiesta Primavera.” This year I had a big fundraising campaign “Sharing Joy” to support juvenile detention center. After this Charity Campaign I organized a football game between young convicts and boys from local universities. Having excellent skills working with young people in 2006 I was asked to work with young people from Afghanistan on Youth Exchange and Study Program as a Counselor in a summer study camp. In 2007 I was selected to become one out of 25 One World Youth Project Ambassadors. That became my hobby and combines usefulness and enjoyment working with schools and youth groups from all over the world implementing UN Millennium Development Goals. I have been to different foreign countries visiting conferences and representing Kyrgyzstan.

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This PSA was made with a very specific purpose. The PSA is all about the One World Youth Project, which is an organization that connects schools from around the world to share culture. Founded by Jessica (from above), the organization is truly a youth led intiative that helps young people realize their ability to change the world by showing them that their are young people around the world who care have have the same dive to fix our world’s problems. Check out their website www.oneworldyouthproject.org!

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