In The Field
PLC Grad Wins Grant for PPiA
LOCAL YOUNG BOULDER ROTARIANS WIN $500 FOR WORLD-CHANGING EFFORTS
A team of young Boulder Rotarians were named as DoSomething.org Seed Grant Winners, aiding their efforts to implement their innovative program, Peruvian Promise in Action (PPiA).
Boulder, CO (January 7, 2013) – DoSomething.org, a national not-for-profit that helps young people change the world, announced today that the Peruvian Promise in Action team has been named as a 2013 Seed Grant Winner. This grant will help the team in their efforts to bring leadership education to 19 young Andean women who will enact sustainable development initiatives of their own to tackle pressing environmental issues in communities of the Peruvian Highlands.
“We are thrilled to be recognized and supported by Do Something as we prepare for the pilot program this March,” said member of the PPiA team Genevieve Smith, “It will help us implement our program model and build partnerships as we continue to grow.”
Peruvian Promise in Action is a project of seven members of the Boulder New Generations Rotary Club (BNGRC), a satellite club of Boulder Rotary and pilot program of Rotary International for young professionals. PPiA is supported by Rotary International. The team members include Abigale Stangl, Genevieve Smith, Lindsey Ratcliff, Marika Meertens, Natalia Azarova, Paul Spurzem, and Zoey Ripple. The mission of PPiA is to provide young Andean women with the education to initiate beneficial change in their own communities and beyond.
The program idea began in May and June 2012, when Smith and Ratcliff visited a home for girls from backgrounds of extreme poverty, called Hogar de Niñas, in the rural town of Anta, Peru, outside of Cusco. The Hogar is supported by Peruvian Hearts, an NGO founded in 2003 by a then 11-year-old girl, Ana Dodson. Peruvian Hearts has staff in Colorado and in Peru. The girls and staff at the Hogar expressed a strong interest in, and need for, leadership development that would benefit not only them, but also their families and communities in the areas of identified need. Additionally, through interviews and independent research, including with the Cusco Rotary Club, the team identified local community needs including unaddressed environmental degradation due to tourism, water contamination, and indoor air pollution. With support from Peruvian Hearts and Rotary International the project and team grew and will be implemented in March and April 2013.
The program consists of a two-week leadership institute led by Peruvian professors designed to cultivate leadership traits and community project development skills, followed by six-week applied activism tracks in which the young women will exercise their newly acquired skills through implementing hands-on projects under the guidance of female mentors. Program outcomes include sustainable community development projects developed by the young women addressing environmental concerns including topics of water and sanitation, indoor air pollution and sustainable tourism.
“Young people possess the energy, creativity and motivation to rock the world. The Seed Grant will help them do just that,” said Nancy Lublin, CEO of DoSomething.org.
A Do Something Seed Grant is designed to put exciting ideas into action. These grants can be used toward project ideas and programs that are just getting started in order to help young people expand their project and grow their impact. DoSomething.org is one of the largest funders directly to young people in the US. The grant winners, all under 25, are chosen based on overall impact and creativity.
In further efforts to fund their project, the PPiA team is hosting an event on Saturday, February 2nd called Prom for Peru! The event will be held at Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place on Pearl Street. The event, from 7 pm to midnight (21+ after 9 pm) will feature a silent auction and live music from West Water Outlaws. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. For more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/110136799158819/?notif_t=plan_user_joined.