After visiting Ecuador in 2017 and Cambodia in 2018, our 2019 project involves working with victims of the current crisis in Burma. In the summer of 2019, through a partnership with Into the Wild, twelve Newburgh students will travel to northern Thailand, where they will work to support Burmese refugees who have fled their homes. We will partner with an NGO that is working to support the refugees, as many of them will be unable to return to their home villages for the foreseeable future. Because our program also focuses on spending time with grassroots change-makers who have identified a need in their own communities and worked towards solutions to address those needs, we will learn from the organizers who run that organization about community problem solving.
After our trip to Thailand, our students will act as project managers for a community impact project in the city of Newburgh. In the past, our students’ projects have involved creating and facilitating a Newburgh Youth Leadership Summit and they recently were finalists to win $100,000 to fund the 2018 project to create a shared public learning space in Newburgh that traces and celebrates our city’s rich history.