The Youth Educational & Exchange Program –
Offers opportunities to young men and women, aimed at reducing truancy, and improving academic performance by providing alternative learning techniques in after-school tutoring, and educational programs; which includes…..RITES OF PASSAGE PROGRAMS
Rites of Passage Program
Under this program, participants are afforded the opportunity to perform self-exploration; develop cultural competence & consciousness; as well as boost confidence levels.
Services are specifically offered to adolescents (ages 15 and up) who are struggling with normal daily activities for youth in this age range. Normal activities consist of school attendance, GPA scores, and/or home/community interaction.
The program requires participants to complete a nine -month curriculum, during which they are taught personal and community development skills, African heritage, and other key skills needed to become a productive member of society. Upon successful completion of this program, members will have rites of passage, thereby giving them an opportunity to participate in a rare and enriching exchange program with Tanzania youth.
The coordination of this exchange is conducted through MLADEF (formerly VIWIDA Tanzania); Mizat Tours & Travels, and other partners of VIWIDA-USA.
First-year goals to the participants of this program is to substantially lessen truancy issues, increase GPA scores and/or assist adolescents with obtaining their GED
Rite Of Passage (ROP) Program is offering intensive training workshop that will provide the participants with strategies, options, information and resources that they will need to educate and support them. The program is being facilitated by Mr. Yumy Odom, Chief ROP Facilitator at http://www.thefratorheruinstitute.org/rites-of-passage.html
Cultures Exposures Program
There are several reasons why we must learn about other cultures; because they help us to improve our understanding of history. Depending on your comfort with “differences” there is a psychological drive to reinforce the worth of our culture/religion when confronted with differing cultural perspectives. Recognizing the importance of culture in the business world is an important step toward success in the global marketplace. Understanding a country’s culture is a sign of respect. It also helps to foster effective communication, a vital factor in business success.
For many of us, sports are similar to culture. It’s hard to explain what Philly fans feel when they walk into Lincoln Field, or why Packers fans do what they do, but suddenly it’s perfectly acceptable to wear wedges of cheese as hats. Seems like culture also encourages us to do things that may look silly to others. Likewise, according to criminologist Thorsten Sellin, the root cause of crime is based upon various values and beliefs for what is acceptable behavior. The clash of these values and beliefs result in crime and the criminal act is simply a clash over what is the acceptable behavior-culture conflict.
All over the world, different countries and different cultures engage in different holidays, customs, cultural practices, religions, and more. These differences make up our diverse world, but also create culture conflict. There’s no cultural element that causes upset tempers as much as religion. Religion still causes deep conflicts. Need proof? Look back into history at the wars forged between Catholics and Protestants in Europe, or the current conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims in many parts of the Middle East.
So, here is exposure to different cultures! Enjoy the Swahili song from Unguja
The Transition re-integration – Transitional Housing & Supportive Programs
This program is designed to specifically assist and empower homeless families, and displaced individuals to become self- sufficient, self-empower and promote employment & self- employment.
A ViWiDA-USA transition & re-integration housing/supportive service offers long term placement programs, as opposed to short term; thus ensuring our participants have successful experiences that they can motivate other participants and the community around them.
Participants are required to live in a communal housing environment for a period of no less than one year, for which they become members of; provided they adhere to the terms of their leases and follow house rules and policies.
Members are supplied with counseling, education, job assistance, life-skills and more, which equip them with confidence, structure, and specific knowledge; enabling them to become productive members of society and begin to see their ambitions come to fruition.
Upon successful completion of the program, members, they then will be required to become volunteers of VIWIDA-USA also for a period of no less than one year; ensuring that the first requirement for becoming a productive member of society is executed through volunteering activities. This practice will allow the participants to socialize, and invigorate the community in order to empower it economically.
Thereafter, these members will be afforded Permanent Supportive Housing and encouraged to participate in Supportive Housing Programs to ensure Homelessness is dealt with permanently.
Target Population: – Women, Men & Youths who are homeless and have children. Women, Men, and Youths who are HIV+ &/or GLBT and are homeless, Women in domestic violence relations and in need of a safe haven + life skill, Men and women with children that have drug and alcohol issues and are homeless
(Victory Women In Development Association-USA strive to keep families together!)
The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
There is also a chance to become a YALI partner for those interested go here http://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/partners/ – To sign up and receive updates just click http://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/contact/
President Obama announced the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the new flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Beginning in 2014, the program will bring more than 500 young African leaders to the United States each year for training in public management and administration; business and entrepreneurship; and civic leadership. Training in each of these sectors will focus on the skills young African leaders need to run better ministries, start and grow businesses, and serve their communities. Within the next five years, the initiative aims to grow to 1000 young leaders each year. It will also create unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to use their new skills to propel economic growth and prosperity, and strengthen democratic institutions.
Washington Fellows will primarily be between 25 and 35 years old, have a proven track record of leadership in a public, private, or civic organization, and demonstrate a strong commitment to contributing their skills and talents to building and serving their communities.
At the University of Johannesburg – Soweto, President Obama discusses youth empowerment and leadership with young African leaders in a town hall meeting. June 29, 2013.