An OSI Recap and Vision for Year 3.
March 6, 2017- On behalf of the One Step Team and our Youth Global Ambassadors, we would like to thank you all for your support through another groundbreaking year! Your prayers, mentorship, and donations continue to help us disrupt the limiting narratives youth have about their lives and their futures. Together, we will educate our youth on the vastness of the world and the great potential young global leaders have to influence it as Americans.
Our Youth Global Ambassadors had an unimaginable experience in Ghana, West Africa. For OSI’s second year, we provided professional development, community service, and international learning experiences with The University of Memphis for our high school teens. 22 students within the Shelby County area were issued their first passports through the support of our donors. As a result, Youth Global Ambassadors from Overton, Craigmont, KIPP Memphis Collegiate, Whitehaven, White Station, Hollis F. Price, Ridgeway, Booker T. Washington, Central, Overton, and GRAD Academy High Schools embarked on their first international education experience in West Africa.
While in Ghana, highlights of our Youth Global Ambassadors’ experience included tours of the Kwame Nkrumah Museum and Mausoleum dedicated to Ghana’s first democratic President; an educational session with Ghana Parliament member H.E. Dr. Zenator Rawlings; visited the rainforest reserve Kakum National Park and Canopy Walk; participated in a fine art lecture by philanthropist and Blue Skies CEO Seth Dei at the Dei Center in Accra; toured the Cape Coast Castle Dungeons and Museum to study the starting point of the transatlantic slave trade that led to the prominence of Africans in America; met with Ambassador H.E. Dr. Erieka Bennett of the African Union Diaspora African Forum in the capital city of Accra; participated in arts, culture, and history educational sessions led by Kokrobite Institute; explored sustainability ideas through organic farming and designing jewelry, clothing, and dishware from recycled materials.
We are continuing our commitment to OSI’s mission, “Education beyond borders,” with expansion under development during 2017 to offer more exciting travel opportunities to Southeast Asia and Western Europe.