Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Three Dallas Youth Given an International Service Opportunity of a Lifetime
Globe Aware, a Dallas based nonprofit organization that mobilizes teams of volunteers to carry out international service projects in 15 countries around the world is proud to announce that 3 local Dallas Independent School District (DISD) students have been chosen to participate in Globe Aware’s Costa Rica Caribbean program free of charge as a result outstanding support for the Globe Aware Scholarship Fund.
Education is Freedom, another Dallas area nonprofit that works in the DISD schools helped to choose the students awarded with this opportunity. The lucky DISD students for this year’s inaugural scholarship are Alicia Santana, Adan Gonzalez, and Cristal Mendez.
Santana is a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School and is currently ranked 16th in her graduating class of 289 students. Her most recent volunteer experience was with Interact Club at school, where she helped raise money for water wells that will provide fresh water to 10,000 people in Ghana. She hopes to be involved in the Peace Corps after graduating college. Gonzalez is a senior at W.H. Adamson High School. He ranks 4th in his class of 298 students. He is the President of his National Honor Society Club and his passion is to help others “live, learn, and lead in our community.” Mendez is a senior at North Dallas High School and is ranked 6th in her class of 302 students. She is very active in various school and community volunteer efforts; including volunteering with the Dallas Turkey Trot and working the pledge drive with KERA, Dallas’ National Public Radio station.
“We believe that international experience broadens horizons, strengthens resumes, and brings the kind of perspective that can change lives and give shape to dreams. Many youth here, right in our own community, would never have the opportunity to take advantage of such an opportunity. This scholarship fund changes that,” says Kimberly Haley-Coleman, Executive Director of Globe Aware.
Funds to send Alicia, Adan, and Cristal came from the “Globe Aware Youth Scholarship” Golf Tournament which was held in November of 2009 at Tenison Highlands Park Golf Club. With funds contributed at the tournament, in addition to generous sponsorships by Travelocity Global, Kindred Spirits in Lakewood, “Super-Volunteer Supporter” Mary Croft from Colorado, and many other Globe Aware supporters and raffle ticket purchasers, these students are primed to make a difference on a global scale and take their education to the next level!
About Globe Aware (R)
Globe Aware(R) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit charity that mobilizes short term volunteer programs around the world. These adventures in service focus on promoting cultural awareness and sustainability and are often compared to a mini "peace corps" experience. All volunteers are accompanied by a bilingual volunteer coordinator to assist the volunteer throughout their program. The program fee and the airfare to get there are fully tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Globe Aware is a member of International Volunteer Programs Association, Volunteers for Prosperity, the Building Bridges Coalition, was recommended for United Nations Consultative Status for Social and Economic Council, and administers the President's Volunteer Service Awards. Additionally, Globe Aware offsets its carbon emissions with Carbonfund.org, the country's leading carbon offset organization. Our carbon footprint is estimated at less than 70 tons annually, and we have chosen to support carbon-reducing projects in renewable energy to offset the CO2 that is produced in running our offices worldwide, from powering our offices to the transportation used to get to and from our work sites. This commitment places Globe Aware as an environmental leader in the volunteer abroad community and demonstrates proactive steps being taken in the fight against global climate change.
About Travelocity Global
Travelocity® is committed to being the traveler's champion -- before, during and after the trip – and provides the most comprehensive and proactive guarantee in the industry (www.travelocity.com/guarantee). This customer-driven focus, backed by 24/7 live phone support, competitive prices and powerful shopping technology has made Travelocity one of the largest travel companies in the world with annual gross bookings of more than U.S. $10 billion. Travelocity also owns and operates: Travelocity Business® for corporate travel; igougo.com, a leading online travel community; lastminute.com, a leader in European online travel; and ZUJI, a leader in Asia-Pacific online travel. Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation, a world leader in travel marketing and distribution.
If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Globe Aware’s founder and Executive Director, Kimberly Haley-Coleman, please call Catherine McMillan at 214/824 4562 or email Catherine@globeaware.org