GILD: GLOBAL ISSUES LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Annual Report 2009-2010
This report reflects the first year of GILD. It presents individuals and organizations who were involved in the process. It also discusses our work with Global Issues Club at RBHS and HHS.

Table of content

Letter from President of the Board of Directors Letter from Executive Director 1. GILD 1.1 History 1.2 Getting off the ground 1.3 Mission 2. GILD Programs 2.1 Leadership Seminar 2.2 Sharing our world 3. GILD Schools 3.1 Rock Bridge High School 3.2 Hickman High School 4. GILD Staff 5. GILD Board members 6. Financial Report 7. Contributors

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Letter from President of the Board of Directors

Six years ago I was invited to a meeting with other high school students who wanted to learn about human rights. We poured our hearts into creating a student group that would bring the world to Midwestern teens, what is now the Rock Bridge Global Issues Club. Looking back, my time in Global Issues shaped my future and expanded my worldview. That is why when Nadege asked me to serve on the board for Global Issues Leadership Development, I had no hesitation. I wanted to give back to an organization that had such a deep impact on my life. I feel like I have done that and more during our whirlwind inaugural year. This first year has not always been easy. Paperwork, tax documents, 501(c) 3 certification- it was a learning experience for everyone on the board. We persevered and had a successful start because of the dedication of the board members, the unwavering optimism of our executive director, the support of the Hickman and Rock Bridge teachers, and the enthusiasm of the students. When I was in high school, the Rock Bridge Global Issues Club motto was the Haitian proverb, “Beyond mountains there are mountains”. As I have continued to study and travel, I understand that phrase now more than ever. Life does not have quick fixes and neither do the human rights concerns that GILD addresses. This may sound dismal, but it is really is a call to action. Working with these students reinforces my hope, because with youth this passionate I am certain they will change the world in numerous positive ways. As my term as president ends, I feel honored to have served GILD and grateful for what it has brought to my life. Amy Williams

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Letter from the Executive Director
One of the world leaders that continue to inspire me is Nelson Mandela. He said, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” This quotes taught me that it was not enough to „set myself free‟ but that I have to find ways to set others free in my personal and professional life. In my professional life, I chose a career that will teach the younger generation to grow -up and lead their lives in ways that „respect and enhance the freedom of others‟. I am a fierce believer that as young people, we understand our responsibility to our communities and our capacity to effect positive change n these communities, with this inspiration in mind, that why I started GILD. In high school, I was given the opportunity to learn about the world and to contribute in a positive manner. After college, I was excited to return to high school and present the same opportunities to high school students. I was eager to teach students that they have an opportunity to become socially conscious when they learn about the world and choose to change their behaviors. I also want to teach them that high school students have an opportunity to utilize their interests and skills to benefit others. With our first year, under our belt, the journey has been overwhelmingly rewarding. I watched our students connect with each other and learn about the world. I felt privileged to have the opportunity to take part. I remember, staying up late with Lauren talking about GILD and generating ideas for how to raise money for HEAL Africa. From our conversations, students decided to plan a benefit concert. They found a venue, got four bands to play for free, designed and posted flyers all around the school and downtown! I also remember another experience that touched my heart. After speaking to the co-founder of FrontlineSMS, Isman came to talk to me afterward. He was thrilled to see that our speaker was from Bangladesh and was in Medical School, which is the same thing that his parents were encouraging him to do. Our speaker had showed him that he could also go around the world and help impoverished people and not just work in a hospital. In that moment, you could see him come alive and he could not contain his joy—he had found his niche. He could merge his interest with his skills—to be a doctor and yet work with impoverished populations across the world. Experiences like these affirm the need for our work. As we teach high school students about global issues, we can provide a platform for them to merge their skill and interest to serve other people.

Nadege Uwase

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GILD History of GILD Global Issues Leadership Development (GILD) has been a project in the making since December 2007. The project was developed in the Community Leadership Development course offered under the Fellowship Office at the University Missouri-Columbia. To be admitted into the class, I had to write a project proposal. That course was the most challenging class I took at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The answers were not in book, they had to come from my head! All the other classes I had taken only required me to regurgitate answers found in textbooks. The most difficult aspect was proving that there was a need. I knew no one else was doing anything similar, but I also had to prove that students would want the project. I also had to get over the fear of talking to people. I needed to be able to talk about my project during the course of an elevator ride, but in greater details as well. After the class, I was not sure what I would do with the project. I had started my senior year in college and I needed to consider graduate school or a job. Midway through the fall semester, I learned about Global Engagement Summit (GES.) GES is a five-day training conference for students committed to global change and Northwestern University in Illinois. Using the project from my course, I applied and was accepted into the conference as a delegate. The conference made an incredible impact on me and the project. I was one of 50-60 students from across the USA and the globe. I met students from South Africa and Tanzania, to Argentina and Italy. There were students from Princeton from Magnolia and MIT from Bangladesh. It was such a joy to realize that there were people my age who were actually doing things I wanted to do with my life. The whole time that we were there, I felt this incredible surge of energy around me. For the entire week that we were there, we visited sites, met people working in the nonprofit sector and had various workshops. I walked away not knowing what I would do, but I knew that if I decided to make my project a nonprofit, I would have all the necessary tools. Getting off the ground In June 2009, after graduating, I gathered friends with various skills together to brainstorm ways to move forward and contemplate how to create an organization out for my project. At the table was Julie, Amy, Azeema, Erin, Dana, and Chelsea. Julie VanMater: I had worked with Julie previous to this. She founded a chapter of STAND Mizzou: a student anti-genocide coalition. Julie is a great designer, but even more important her dedication, passion, and work ethic appealed to me. I knew that she would be critical, but would understand my urgency to undertake this project. Amy Williams: Amy and I met at RBHS. She was part of the first Global Issues Club as well. Once in college, she continued to work with social justice issues. She also had a certificate in Nonprofit Management and I thought that this would be helpful. Azeema Akram: Azeema and I meet my freshman year in college. We are great friends and I valued her input. I had talked to her about what I was doing and she encouraged me to start the project. Essentially I wanted someone on the table who believed in me.
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Erin Horakova: Amy recommended her. I did not know her, but as we worked together, her brilliance and candid comments were helpful. Dana Ranes: I met Dana through Azeema in college as well. Dana and I had become really good friends. Like Erin, I knew she would be candid. Chelsea Laun: Chelsea and I had attended junior high school together. She was in Columbia for the summer, after graduating from USC. That fall, she was heading to Thailand for two years, to teach English. Chelsea and I spent countless hours talking about how we were dismayed by people our age. Most were not interested in the world, outside of their immediate reach. Because of her international experiences, she had traveled to a range of places, I felt that Chelsea would be an asset, especially since I really wanted to introduce the idea of traveling abroad, as part of the after school experience By August, we had picked a name, created a mission statement, written the first draft of our bylaws, created a Board, and received our incorporation in the state of Missouri. Looking back, I am grateful for the generous time, effort, and skills they put into getting GILD off the ground. Mission GILD is a nonprofit organization created to help promote human rights through youth afterschool programs to generate behavioral change among participants. The youth after school programs that we work with are called Global Issues Club and they are both at Hickman and Rock Bridge High School. GILD partners with businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and communities to provide educational information and hands on practice in the form of leadership training and curriculum development. We recognize that there is a global connection of communities; thus our purpose is to create a holistic understanding of human rights. In essence we: a) Develop and foster leadership skills among youth. b) Holistically educate participants on global human rights concerns. c) Provide hands on service opportunities for participants. d) Encourage youth towards globally and socially conscious behaviors. GILD programs Leadership Seminar Global Issues Club members participates in a seminar (workshop) that sharpenes their leadership skills, and improves their research practices as well as their learning abilities. This activity is conducted by the current Executive Director, Nadege Uwase. We conducted the leadership training with RBHS students in Memorial Union on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus. The seminar is for the student leaders who are selected by their peers. (No fee is charged for attendance.) At the end of each school year, students who would like to be part of the leadership

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team run for the leadership positions and their peers vote for them. The club sponsor (a teacher) counts the votes. The leadership seminar is significant to our activities because providing leadership training for these students is crucial to the success of the club. The training enables students to run their meetings and plan events. The seminar is also an opportunity to put our vision in motion. Our first goal is to develop and foster leadership skills among youth. We want to truly teach students that they can be social entrepreneurs and thus help change the world. We provide this service to differentiate between showing mere interest and having good intentions in an issue. The aim is to provide the actual skills necessary to take on leadership roles and thus actively participate in initiating global issues education and awareness. For the workshop we addressed the following questions: o What is leadership? o Who are Change Makers? o How to work in groups and functioning as a team o Effective learning o Event planning Overall, we want to give our students tools to change the status co. The ability to change the status quo demands efficiency, knowledge and mobilization. Students will learn efficiency by preparing for their meeting properly and being able to accomplish set tasks. They will gain knowledge through the global issues/ human rights they choose to study. Lastly, they will mobilize as they raise awareness of those issues at their school and in their communities.

Sharing our World (website) Towards the end of the first year, we received funding from MU Interdisciplinary Innovation Fund to start work on a website. This website is called Sharing our World (SoW.) SoW is an educational tool for organizations, educators and agencies to promote cultural understanding and an awareness of global Issues. SoW is an opportunity for our students to learn through discourse. Discourse will be from conversations from an array of individuals who have lived, worked, researched and/or traveled extensively. We want our student to learn about countries from natives, to learn about the issues from the experts who are in the field and to help further the mission of nonprofits by learning about them. Names of contributors and users are collected by GILD‟s staff. We have volunteers who work on the development of the website and identify contributors and users. In the future, we will have a staff or volunteers dedicated to outreach by planning and carrying out events that will showcase the utility of the website. Resources (speakers, articles, etc...) provided can be utilized in the classroom, at our club meetings, at events in the community and can be utilized by anyone. There are no fees charged. The targeted audiences of contributors/sources are individuals who are natives or have lived,
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worked, researched and/or traveled extensively. The targeted audiences for users are educators, organizations and agencies who are interested in promoting cultural understanding and an awareness of global issues. This program is crucial to our mission because it helps us achieve our second goal—to holistically educate participants about global human rights concerns. In order to provide such education, we aim to attain it through our community members, especially those with global issues experience and human rights expertise. GILD School Rock Bridge High School (RBHS) Rock Bridge High School‟s Global Issues Club started in the summer of 2004 with five seniors in Matt Cone‟s class. These seniors spent the summer reading books and articles about ways to get informed about global issues and make an impact on the world. That fall, the Global Issues club was formed as an afterschool activity. During the club‟s first year, students learned about HIV/AIDS and raised money for Partners in Health. It has been five years since the inception of the Global Issues Club and it continues to remain a vibrant part of the high schools‟ opportunities for extracurricular activities. Hickman High School (HHS) By 2005, students at Hickman High School decided to open a chapter of their own. During the 2005 fall semester, students focused on learning about regions of the world. That spring semester, the club held a conference on Saturdays called Goodwill Conference: Crossing Borders and Bridging Roads. Speakers such as writers, filmmakers and university professors taught the students and others in the community about the regions studied during the previous semester. Hickman High School continues to host these annual conferences. GILD Staff Founder & Executive Director Nadege Uwase has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Minor in French from the University of Missouri. Nadege devotes much of her time volunteering in her community. She is mostly involved in social justice issues with a particular emphasis on genocide. As an Advisory Board Member of Step Up! American Association for Rwandan Women, she spends time speaking about her experiences as a genocide survival to raise awareness about the issue. Volunteers For student volunteers, we partnered with the Service Learning Office. The University of Missouri-Columbia offers Service-Learning as a way to integrate community service into curriculum taught in their courses. Service is performed within the context of university course work, which supplies an informational and support structure for outreach activities. This year we worked with three students.

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GILD Board members President—Amy Williams Amy Williams is law student at the University of Missouri. She has a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences and a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management. Amy has previously worked in the fields of suicide prevention and sexual violence prevention education. Her involvement with the original Global Issues Club at Rock Bridge High School fostered an interest in GILD‟s mission. After obtaining her Juris Doctorate, Amy intends to continue advocating for social justice in the nonprofit sector. President-Elect—Tessy Rusera Tessy Rusera is a young Rwandese woman devoted to making a change in the world. She graduated from Brenau University with a B.A in Conflict Resolution and Legal Studies, and a minor in International Studies. She is currently pursuing her MBA degree with a concentration Project Management while working as a Graduate Adviser at her Alma mater. Her experience in prestigious organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and Sigma Alpha Pi Leadership Honor Society and her professional experience working for the UNIFEM CARO have instilled in her strong leadership skills and challenged her to be proactive towards positive change. She has been involved in various community building efforts such as feeding the hungry, building houses for the displaced and promoting awareness of issues such as AIDS, genocide and education. Secretary—Aline Mukashyaka Aline Mukashyaka is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Family Resource Management and currently working on her MBA. She supports organizations such as the One Dollar Campaign for the orphans of the 1994 Rwandans genocide. She is stronger believer in extending a helping hand but primarily through educating people, as she encourages people to be the change they want to see. Her hopes are that one day the continent of Africa will be able to stand on its own two feet with little dependency on foreign aid. Treasurer—Azeema Akram Azeema Akram is a law student at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Multicultural Certificate. While in college, she worked with the Office of Disability Services, which spurred her interest in health law. Recently, she was an active supporter of several members of the Missouri Democratic Party-Asian American Caucus officers who ran for local and state legislature. She has done work in Kansas City providing food, clothing and toys for refugee families, and raised funds for breast cancer research in Columbia, Missouri through Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. Financial Report GILD‟s total revenue: $8,600

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Where funding came from in 2009-2010

Usage of funds 2009-2010
Operation 5%

Donations 14% Grants 85%

Programs 87% Savings 8%

We raised the money from two fundraisers—Swap Meet and Arts & Craft. We also received individual donations and one grant from MU interdisciplinary Innovation Fund. Contributors We would like express our heartfelt gratitude to our 2009-2010 club sponsors: Kathryn FishmanWeaver at RBHS and Brett Kirkpatrick at HHS, the amazing students in our Global Issues Clubs at both high schools and the officers who helped run the organizations. We would also like to thank the following individuals and organizations for contributing to the work of GILD as donors, partners, and volunteers: Volunteers: Dana Ranes, Julie VanMater, Ashley Crimaldi, Amy Bowes, Erin Horakova, Chelsea Laun, Laura Convery, Phillip Klopfenstein, Meigan Lopez, Sarah Nussbaum, and Naomi Lahore. Donors: Individuals: Devoney Looser, Cassie Shields, Andrea Gunn, Angelica Murray, Joseph Beeman , Allie Scott, Susan Smith, Amy Williams, Karen Smith, Salem S. Fekadu, Terri & David Williams, Saad Rahmat, Michelle Byusa, Gary R. Hunt, Lynn Williams, Nabihah Maqbool, Rachel Mayer, Naomi Lahiri, Kate Hertweck, Ben Datema and Jennifer Williams. Organizations: Underground Café, Kaldi's Coffee House, East Side Tavern, Buffalo Wild Wings, Peace Nook, Slackers, Maude, Lakota Coffee Company & Roasters, Jimmy Johns, Sycamore, and MU Interdisciplinary Innovation Fund. Presenters at clubs: FrontlineSMS, Stop Traffic, SPROUT, Mizzou Hydrogen Car Team, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Mustard Seed, Sampath Devram, Valerie Kaussen, Sandra Beldor and Vewenda Mabengo. Contribution to fundraisers at RBHS: Punam Sethi, The Shine, Sunifyde, Cascades, Bloodvember, MUDRA, Hindu Temple and Community Center of Mid-Missouri, and The Global Village Dancers. This year students raised money for HEAL Africa and Free the Children.
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Service learning C.A.R.E Gallery, MU Life Science Business Incubator, Office of Service Learning, Peace Corps Fellows Office, William Woods University, and Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. Special thanks to Vicky R. Wilson and Stephen Jeanetta for their patience and guidance.

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