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100 Projects for Peace

Andrew Eslich ‘17 has been awarded the Davis United World College Scholars 100 Projects for Peace prize
For his project entitled: Empowering Youth through Mentorship
Description of his project:

Andrew will be working in the areas of Dover and New Philadelphia with the local non-profit organization Latino Cultural Connections (LCC) and several Latinx students this summer to develop and implement a mentoring program that will serve middle school and high school Latinx students.  Based on the needs and desires of the students, the summer long program will focus on two main goals: empowerment and development of one’s voice, and bridging the knowledge and cultural gap between Latinx and non-Latinx communities.  The program will serve four groups of students: middle school girls, middle school boys, high school girls, and high school boys, each of 5-10 students.  Given these groups, the program will be tailored to the desires of each group.

This project seeks to empower by providing a safe space, going on field trips to both academic and recreational sites, bringing in guest speakers, and participating in literary and art workshops.  The goal is to provide a safe and welcoming space for Latinx youth to continue to develop their voice and collectively implement and develop projects that will create greater understandings in the area.

100 Projects for Peace an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer of 2013. Through a competition on over 85 campuses, 100 projects were selected for funding at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and tryout their own ideas for building peace in the 21st century.
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