Magnolia High Rides for Change

Written by Team Mentor Kamrie Yeung

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On Saturday, November 23, 2013, six students from Magnolia High School left the comfort of their beds and stepped into their backyards – America’s backyard. Magnolia High School’s NGC team had organized a Ride for Change event to ride their bikes around their local park to pass around “goody bags” for the homeless in the park. These bags, carefully arranged by the team, contained water, granola bars, and socks. These were small offerings, but like coals in the snow, a precious gift. Team leader Ailene Ortiz recounts that in this deceptively simple act, they had learned that “a small token of care can have such impact on someone’s life”.  They became more aware that “poverty is happening in our own backyards, and we have the power to make a change”.

People in developed countries are often preoccupied (although sometimes rightly so) with what is going on in other countries and what is unjust in other societies that they overlook what is happening in their own backyard. Sometimes, in the midst of learning about and helping distant issues, we must remember that although America as a country is thriving, there are bubbles of poverty within itself. These are often overlooked, not receiving nearly as much care and attention as the “Red Cross” areas, and yet needing just as much. Magnolia High team’s event was sustainable, thoughtful, and enjoyable, which is what NGC, I believe, strives for our students.

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Tolleson NGC Uses Indiegogo to raise funds

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For an entire month, from February to March, the Tolleson NGC team worked towards developing an awareness video which would educate students and staff and the community about A Ban Against Neglect.

Now, the team is working towards raising $500 via indiegogo to help the young mothers of A Ban Against Neglect in Uganda, Africa.

If you wish to donate and help the team meet its goals, please click here!

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Join NGC for Our First Global Citizen Hangout

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NGC will host Maya Ajmera, founder of the Global Fund for Children, to discuss Universal Education in the first Global Citizen Hangout.
To view the Hangout, visit the NGC Youtube site at 1:30 pm EST April 24th to watch live. Additionally, students and teachers can submit questions for Maya through NGC’s Facebook or Twitter by tagging #GCHangout. Questions should be submitted by April 23rd.

Maya Ajmera

Founder and Board Member, The Global Fund for Children

Visiting Scholar, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

Maya Ajmera is the Founder of The Global Fund for Children (GFC), a philanthropic intermediary whose mission is to make small grants to innovative, community-based organizations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth. She is also the co-author of several Global Fund for Children books, including Children from Australia to Zimbabwe and Faith.

Maya serves on the boards of directors of Echoing Green, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, The Global Fund for Children, and New Global Citizens. She also serves on the advisory board to numerous philanthropic entities including the American India Foundation, Global Philanthropy Forum and the Emerging Markets Foundation.  Recently, Maya was appointed as a trustee of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. She also served as a trustee of the Blue Moon Fund.

Maya received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Bryn Mawr College and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. 

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