Houston-area teen seeks project sponsorship for community development projects in Latin America.

I am currently a sophomore at KIPP Houston High School and I have been one of the few chosen volunteers to participate in a youth leadership development program that promotes leadership skills through community service in Houston and Latin America. It is my privilege to have been selected by the Houston Chapter of Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) to participate as a Volunteer in a Latin American country this summer.

A friend of mine came back from the Dominican Republic a changed person. He talked so much about how different, but yet fascinating the Dominican Republic was from the US. These stories, along with many others, are the reason why I want to be an Amigo. I want to have the opportunity to create relationships with other people who distinguish from me and the way I live. I want to gain knowledge of the cultures that this world has to offer, and I can't think of a better way than dedicating my summer to a remarkable cause.

Personally, I come from a bi-cultural family, where I have learned to appreciate and embrace diversity. It has become my professional dream to participate more actively in multi-cultural ventures where I can make a direct impact. I have had previous leadership experience in projects in El Salvador, Mexico and other communities, where I have acquired skills that will enable me to make the most out of this endeavor, that I would be granted should you decide to support AMIGOS, the targeted community and I.

I have not received my country assignment yet, but Amigos conducts projects in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, and Uruguay. In Latin America, I will stay with a host family for 6 to 8 weeks. I will have a community development project that will be created in consultation with my host community, based on their specific needs. Past Amigos projects include reforestation projects, building community libraries, constructing fuel-efficient stoves, and building sanitary latrines. Along with the project, my AMIGOS and I will provide 2 hours per day of educational enrichment activities for local children.

I have earned a competitive partial scholarship to participate in Amigos and my family is making monthly financial contributions to show their support for my participation. I need to raise an additional $2,500 from sponsors to perform my community service projects in Latin America this summer.

I will use this web page to update you when I receive my country assignment and when I'm preparing to travel to Latin America. After I return, I will provide photos and details about my project results.

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