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To stand in a position to create something that’s meaningful, impactful, and transforms the lives of an entire generation of students has been the ultimate gift.

Student Journal: Shatinique

“Ever since I joined [OSI], I’ve seen improvement in my life. I rode a plane for the first time, visited Ghana, West Africa, and had new experiences along the way.”

Seth Dei Invites OSI to Dei Center

Youth Global Ambassadors met with Seth Dei, philanthropist, CEO and co-founder of Blue Skies. Blue Skies has the largest fresh fruit and juice factories in Ghana.

Student Journal: Tadariel

“I was very excited when I went to the Cape Coast castle. I had a visual history lesson” 2016 Youth Global Ambassador Tadariel writes an online journal about her first-time travel experience overseas with One Step Initiative. Cape Coast Castle Dungeons experience through the eyes of a Memphis, TN high school student.

A Day with H.E. Dr.Rawlings

Dr. Zenator Agyeman-Rawlings is the daughter of the 4th President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings and a current Member of Ghana Parliament.

Student Journal: Alexia

“Overall the experience was enlightening to say the least. Seeing that we as African Americans could be so similar to our native land though there are thousands of miles and an ocean between us helped me to see that we still have a connection.” 2016 Youth Global Ambassador Alexia writes an online journal about her first-time travel experience overseas with One Step Initiative. Church service comparison between Ghana and America from the eyes of a pastor’s kid.

Student Journal: Tekia

“After that great experience on the planes as a first time flyer, I could say that I really enjoyed myself and I would love to travel more.” 2016 Youth Global Ambassador Tekia writes an online journal about her first-time travel experience overseas with One Step Initiative. Group departure and arrival in Ghana.

Student Journal: Kyla

“I am glad that I did not let fear hold me back because it was a beautiful sight to see what God has created. I am very thankful for the opportunity, and I know that this a learning experience that I will take back to my family and friends.” 2016 Youth Global Ambassador Kyla writes an online journal about her first-time travel experience overseas with One Step Initiative. Group departure and arrival in Ghana.

Student Bio: Rashad

My name is Rashad. I was born in Houston, Texas, on May 3rd, 2001.  I have resided in Houston and in Memphis, Tennessee. I am currently located in Memphis. I am of a single parent household. My mother, Kimberly Speight, is an educator. She is a coach to high school science teachers. My grandparents and…

Donor Appreciation 2015

Our first program was a success because of you! Our team wants to formally thank everyone that supported OSI and our Youth Global Ambassadors.

Youth Global Ambassador: Briyana

“Today is the day that we get to see the king and meet chiefs of the Ashanti Kingdom. This actually occurs during the Akwasidae Festival.”

Youth Global Ambassador: George

“The organization can’t be described in one word, it has given me the opportunity to travel again. It was so enlightening because, there’s so much more than Memphis but you have to take that One Step.”

Youth Global Ambassador: Tim

“OSI is a great program. Anyone who wants to study abroad, to further themselves, and learn other people’s culture, you too should try OSI.”