Every summer since 2012, University of San Diego students and faculty have been traveling to the village of Makuleke in South Africa to work with a group of ambitious teenagers. We were introduced to this village through the nonprofit Sharing to Learn, which builds libraries and provides crucial educational programs. We collaborate with Sharing to Learn and the village on a Youth Leadership Workshop fostering civic engagement and leadership skills as well cross-cultural exchanges with USD students. Our USD students return from these trips energized about global citizenship and inspired by the friendships they have made with village teenagers. They also learn that college is a dream for most of Makuleke village. Families cannot afford college tuition, even for the brightest young people. We are committed to the youth in this village. They have stolen our hearts and we ask for your support to see them through to a brighter future through the empowerment of a college education.
• College scholarships for Makuleke youth –this includes tuition, room and board, books, and application fees.
• Salaries and stipends for local Makuleke villagers to work as co-directors and community liaisons for the Youth Leadership Workshop.
• Materials and supplies for future Youth Leadership Workshops.
Your donations will enable USD to continue to offer Youth Leadership Workshops for both the youth in Makuleke and USD students who participate side-by-side. Over forty USD students and hundreds of Makuleke teens have participated in these workshops since 2012.
The donations will also provide scholarships for Makuleke youth to attend college after graduating from high school. While less than 1% of the community of Makuleke village have a college degree, the goal of the scholarship program is to provide for more opportunities and to increase the number of youth that can attend and graduate from college.