Jernie and her sister Jamie
Thanks to the generosity of John and Patty Brown from Minnesota Jernie Brooks will be able to continue her education and attend tenth grade!
Linda Nickle from Minnesota has kindly decided to support George Green’s schooling.
George on the front porch of his house.
The gift of an education makes all the difference in the world to the youth in Roatan who will be the leaders of tomorrow.
To those of you touched by Jernie’s story, there are many other Movement youth who need educational sponsorship (watch for their essays coming here soon), or you can choose to make a donation to support the programming of World Youth Movement.
Each donation puts us closer to our goal of offering programming to all youth within the immediate vicinity who want to participate, and eventually expanding to include the youth of neighbouring areas.
We operate on a lean mean budget with essentially no overhead costs, so you can know that 100% of your donation goes to supporting activities that directly impact the youth, such as transportation to sports practices and games and pens and notebooks for the leadership groups.
Below are some of the items we’d like to purchase to help us improve and expand our operations on Roatan.
- Vehicle to transport kids to programming and sports practice and games. We’ve been searching for some time, and price a reliable van to be between $5,000-9,000
- Camping Tents and Supplies (sleeping bags, lanterns, flashlights) for 15 youth and 3 adults to be used 6-8 times per year $2,000
- Water cooler to be used for games, practices, events and camping $100
- Fishing Poles and Supplies (net, extra hooks, sinkers, tacklebox) based on a capacity of 5 $500
- Laptop computer to maintain the organizations records and communicate with donors $500
We thank our angels from around the globe for your care and continued support. We couldn’t do this without you!Every little bit helps, and if you’d like to give a gift earmarked for a certain purpose you can easily do that by using our “donate now” paypal button to the right of the website.
When I was asked what an education means to me I had so many thoughts that came to mind. But the one that means the most is that having an education gives me the power to choose.
Having an education means I can choose what I want to study, and how I can help my community with what I learn. Having an education means I will be able to someday choose a job, not just take whatever I can get. Having an education means I get to choose who I want to share my life with, not hope that they choose me. Having an education means that I can choose to start a family when I’m ready, not because I’m out of options.
I can get somewhere with the education I have received so far and the simple fact that I am a strong female even though the odds are against me. But I don’t want to get just anywhere. I want to get where I want to go. And I want to choose where that is.
So I guess having an education isn’t just a piece of paper saying that I can pass Science, or Math, or English. Having an education is a piece of paper that says I can have a future.
It is my power to choose.
Jernie Brooks is a 9th grader who lives in a home with her mother, 3 younger sisters, and 1 older brother. Jernie has been a part of the WYM Soul Sister Program since 2009, and has shown potential to be a leader in her community. Jernie lives in a community that is heavily exposed to violence, sexual exploitation, and drugs, but has chosen to remain as focused on her education as she can be. This year Jernie’s mother told WYM that she can no longer afford to keep Jernie and school and will be taking her out.
$50 a month is all that is needed to give Jernie a future.
World Youth Movement wants to send out a huge THANK YOU to the Loosbrock Family for their generous donation on behalf of the Wendall Loosbrock Trust.
It’s through the generosity of folks like you that we are able to take World Youth Movement from vision to reality, and create programming and activities to meet the needs of the youth and community of Roatan.