Graduation Day!

APgrads

Saturday, June 28th was an exciting day for our Apprenticeship Program!  For the past year, everyone enrolled in the program has attended school full-time, received tutoring, and participated in our Saturday program, which teaches business and artisan expertise.  That Saturday, however, the twenty students in the Program, along with their professors, tutors and the RG staff, celebrated their graduation!

 

To help prepare for the festivities and evaluations, Emily Davenport, who catalyzed the program last year and has since continued to volunteer with REBUILD globally (RG) stateside, flew in to Port au Prince.  The students as well as the RG staff were overjoyed to have her back!  Emily, who now works with the CDC, gave an educational seminar on TB and HIV to both the employees and the students.  Although the program is only three years old, Emily noted its remarkable growth and the exceptional commitment of the teachers and tutors.  We cannot thank her enough for her input and involvement!

 

Before the students received their certificates and awards for the year, they each delivered a final oral presentation on a topic of their choice.  Each presentation was unique – students sang, read a thought-provoking quote, or asked challenging questions, such as, “Silence- can it speak?” With each topic, the students engaged in discussion, asking meaningful questions and exploring solutions.  Their passion and interaction highlight the true power of the Apprenticeship Program.  Through business and artisan classes, our program cultivates students who seek knowledge through creative design.  Their foundations are further solidified through courses including sanitation, family planning, civics, English, and more.

 

After presentations, the party began in full force!  We celebrated each student for graduating from the year-long program and gave awards for diligence (Perfect Attendance certificates were handed out to 5 students!) and dedication.  Our professors then chose an “Artisan Student of the Year” and a “Business Student of the Year.”  A time of laughter, food, and music (selected by our very own “DJ,” Brunel – otherwise known as our Community Liaison and Education Manager), the party was a special time for our students and for RG.

 

Each year our Apprenticeship Program continues to grow and refine.  As RG’s community development initiative, the Program financially supports the education of 20 high school students living vulnerable lives in dangerous situations here in Port au Prince.  We support them with help from our gracious friends, families, donors, and sponsors.

 

After each year, the Program’s Professors Theano and Elio, and our Education Manager, Brunel, select specific students to be exempt from the application process and guaranteed a space for the next year.  They base their decision on the students’ participation, attendance, grades, and behavior.  This year, all 8 of our juniors have exceeded expectations and are guaranteed a spot for their senior year!

 

Because senior year is the final stage before access to University or vocational school in the Haitian education system, school fees increase to $525 per student to fund their intense national exams–and that’s before adding the additional costs for books and uniforms!  In order for RG to continue funding these students’ final year, we need your help.

 

Please consider supporting our motivated and dedicated students as they begin their final year – follow this link to learn more – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rebuild-globally-students-let-s-fund-their-senior-year/x/7075352.  By investing in their education, you will propel them into the future. Through our Apprenticeship Program and with your support, these hard-working students will gain a marketable edge when they graduate high school and enter the work force, empowered and able. Opportunities are exponentially higher with a high school education, which is why these students have worked so hard to make it this far.

 

Thank you to our students, professors, tutors and all our supporters for an incredible third year! We are so grateful for your dedication to creating change in Haiti.

 

APgrads

Saturday, June 28th was an exciting day for our Apprenticeship Program!  For the past year, everyone enrolled in the program has attended school full-time, received tutoring, and participated in our Saturday program, which teaches business and artisan expertise.  That Saturday, however, the twenty students in the Program, along with their professors, tutors and the RG staff, celebrated their graduation!

 

To help prepare for the festivities and evaluations, Emily Davenport, who catalyzed the program last year and has since continued to volunteer with REBUILD globally (RG) stateside, flew in to Port au Prince.  The students as well as the RG staff were overjoyed to have her back!  Emily, who now works with the CDC, gave an educational seminar on TB and HIV to both the employees and the students.  Although the program is only three years old, Emily noted its remarkable growth and the exceptional commitment of the teachers and tutors.  We cannot thank her enough for her input and involvement!

 

Before the students received their certificates and awards for the year, they each delivered a final oral presentation on a topic of their choice.  Each presentation was unique – students sang, read a thought-provoking quote, or asked challenging questions, such as, “Silence- can it speak?” With each topic, the students engaged in discussion, asking meaningful questions and exploring solutions.  Their passion and interaction highlight the true power of the Apprenticeship Program.  Through business and artisan classes, our program cultivates students who seek knowledge through creative design.  Their foundations are further solidified through courses including sanitation, family planning, civics, English, and more.

 

After presentations, the party began in full force!  We celebrated each student for graduating from the year-long program and gave awards for diligence (Perfect Attendance certificates were handed out to 5 students!) and dedication.  Our professors then chose an “Artisan Student of the Year” and a “Business Student of the Year.”  A time of laughter, food, and music (selected by our very own “DJ,” Brunel – otherwise known as our Community Liaison and Education Manager), the party was a special time for our students and for RG.

 

Each year our Apprenticeship Program continues to grow and refine.  As RG’s community development initiative, the Program financially supports the education of 20 high school students living vulnerable lives in dangerous situations here in Port au Prince.  We support them with help from our gracious friends, families, donors, and sponsors.

 

After each year, the Program’s Professors Theano and Elio, and our Education Manager, Brunel, select specific students to be exempt from the application process and guaranteed a space for the next year.  They base their decision on the students’ participation, attendance, grades, and behavior.  This year, all 8 of our juniors have exceeded expectations and are guaranteed a spot for their senior year!

 

Because senior year is the final stage before access to University or vocational school in the Haitian education system, school fees increase to $525 per student to fund their intense national exams–and that’s before adding the additional costs for books and uniforms!  In order for RG to continue funding these students’ final year, we need your help.

 

Please consider supporting our motivated and dedicated students as they begin their final year – follow this link to learn more – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rebuild-globally-students-let-s-fund-their-senior-year/x/7075352.  By investing in their education, you will propel them into the future. Through our Apprenticeship Program and with your support, these hard-working students will gain a marketable edge when they graduate high school and enter the work force, empowered and able. Opportunities are exponentially higher with a high school education, which is why these students have worked so hard to make it this far.

 

Thank you to our students, professors, tutors and all our supporters for an incredible third year! We are so grateful for your dedication to creating change in Haiti.

 

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