Aspiring young changemakers can become Global Youth Ambassadors for Literacy – FE News

Applications are now being accepted for the World Literacy Foundation Youth Ambassador Program.

The three-month online training opportunity, starting June 2022, develops skills in leadership, community advocacy, fundraising and connects aspiring changemakers to a global network of thousands of like-minded young people (aged 16 and over).

This year, young people will strive to reach and support 200,000 children facing lifelong illiteracy. They will provide free children’s books, tutoring and engagement activities in communities that need it most. The application deadline for this youth global citizenship program is May 27.

Rosario Aran, the project coordinator said:

“Our Ambassador program is a perfect opportunity to inspire young people who want to take action, develop new skills, be a voice in their community and connect with young people who want to have a social impact. Nearly 61% of children from disadvantaged homes do not own a single book and risk illiteracy and lifelong poverty if nothing is done. Young Ambassadors learn to bring their own ideas to life and develop important skills through an enriching learning experience. »

Arron Smith, 21, says that in his early years as a student he struggled to read a sentence. It was only through the intervention of a literacy tutor that he discovered an interest in books. Arron’s life was transformed with a dramatic improvement in his reading skills and he says his success in college was mainly due to his love and habit of reading.

With one in four children from low-income backgrounds facing illiteracy, Arron decided to be an agent of change and join young people around the world to improve literacy rates. Arron will be one of 3,500 World Literacy Foundation Youth Ambassadors.

The Youth Ambassador Program creates community, education and awareness about the importance of eradicating illiteracy. Alumni have started their own NGO, book groups and won awards for their social impact.

For more information and to apply, visit https://worldliteracyfoundation.org/ambassador-program/

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