COMMUNITY PARTNERS: 2019 Equality theme
Shadhika works with young women in India ages 10-24 in order to address the gender inequality that is huge and persistent in Indian culture. We invest in education, empowerment, and economic self-sufficiency so that the young women can realize their aspirations. We also work with young men to educate them on the importance of respecting women and girls.
Marshall Direct Fund runs a modern day pen pal program called "Global Kids Connect" which facilitates meaningful dialogue between students and teachers in Pakistan and the United States weekly over the course of half an academic year. Scanned and uploaded letters, photos, and video are shared on a secure blog. Curriculum segments include themes about family, school, leadership, peace, culture, and geography.
GlobalMindED is an educational and research non-profit organization committed to creating a capable, diverse talent pipeline for first-generation-to-college, at-risk and low-income students and job seekers. By incorporating research and implementing action based on our results, GlobalMindED's mission is to improve access and equity in K-12 and higher education through improved graduation rates and sustainable careers.
US-Brazil Connect believes that our greatest challenge as an organization doing leadership, education, and development work on an international scale is in the building and maintenance of strategic partnerships. We would like the students participating in the World Affairs Challenge to help us research solutions and take action on how we could more effectively engage partnerships with governments, the private sector, and civil society.
Sustainable Schools International (SSI) is a non-government organization that works to bridge gaps in access to education in Cambodia. Our self-sustaining model improves government schools and builds up community resilience in rural areas. SSI provides direct support to eight rural schools and higher education scholarships to their graduates. SSI uses a give-back model empowering students and alumni to start social enterprises and lead community service projects.
Women in Kind (Wink) focuses on women, their needs in business and in the business of life. Wink works to identify and anticipate what women needs to be successful at work and integrate those things into the workplace. That means thinking about how to make women’s lives easier, to remove challenges and obstacles in their path to professional success.
The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking is a leading 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Denver, Colorado working to inform social change to eliminate human exploitation. Human trafficking is a severe form of exploitation of another person involving force, fraud, or coercion for labor or commercial sexual purposes. WAC students could help LCHT to develop an age-appropriate, locally relevant, anti-human trafficking training, and help deliver it to fellow students.
Walking Tree’s mission is to inspire students to become curious and compassionate global citizens by taking an active interest in the world. Collaboration and travel discounts for WAC participants interested in engaging educators and students with hands-on experiential immersion programming and opportunities.
Blue Star Recyclers exists to create meaningful jobs for people with autism and other disabilities by ethically recycling electronics. Blue Star Recyclers meets the highest environmental standards in the industry and is a certified e-Stewards® recycler. It can provide WAC teams with onsite tours (Colorado Springs, Denver, and Boulder facilities), classroom presentations, and mentoring via email.
ALIGHT is a 501(c)(3) startup nonprofit based in Colorado that connects human trafficking survivors to an army of lawyers through innovative technology. Our team is comprised of a dedicated group of professional volunteers with expertise in law, technology and human trafficking. WAC teams are invited to participate in their ALIGHT Ambassador of Light Program.
The mission of World Child Cancer USA is to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment and care for children, and their families, across the developing world. It’s vision is a world where every child with cancer has equal access to the best treatment and care. Educating the broader community regarding this issue is the first step towards solving it.
The Road to Hope builds self-sustaining communities through partnering with individuals and organizations in the U.S. and Haiti to learn from each other and build mutually supportive relationships. It helps children, families, and communities break the cycle of poverty by empowering people of all ages to dream, aspire and achieve.
CorpsAfrica is a non-profit organization that recruits and places ambitious Africans in remote, high-poverty
communities in their own countries. These men and women live in the community and initiate sustainable projects that fulfill key needs and whose impact and success can be carefully measured, all through a transformative volunteer experience. WAC students have the opportunity to be connected to CorpsAfrica current and alumni volunteers who have worked on development issues at a grassroots level in communities in Morocco, Senegal, and Malawi.
CareerWise Colorado offers modern apprenticeships that provide students with multiple pathways to success. Youth apprentices earn a wage while receiving hands-on work experience where they can apply their high-school classroom learning each week. CareerWise looks to the Swiss apprenticeship system for inspiration and has borrowed elements of that model to adapt in Colorado. WAC students are invited to check out their resources and apprenticeship programs.
EWB-USA builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. EWB-USA’s vision is a world in which every community has the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs. WAC students may contact EWB for mentoring, presentations about EWB’s projects and guided development-themed student projects.
The Denver for CEDAW Campaign is spearheaded by The United Nations Association Denver Chapter and Supported by many local allies. The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a set of universal standards for eliminating gender discrimination, adopted by the United Nations in 1979. Often hailed as the international Bill of Rights for women, the aim of CEDAW is to ensure the rights of women and girls around the world.
UNA-USA/Denver Metro Chapter is dedicated to informing, inspiring and mobilizing the Denver community to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. WAC participants are welcomed to reach to UNA Denver to obtain resources and information on how to advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in their local communities and how to support UNA Denver.