G2G Gambia Youth Project
Click Here to read about Sussex Central YMCA's Give 2 Gambia trip in December 2010.
The Gambia Project is for young people who have shown dedication and commitment to KS4 courses. The goal of the Gambia Project is to teach young people integral skills for maintaining high standards of behaviour, personal development and direction in their education. The goal of the Gambia project is for young people to learn how valuable the opportunities they have in life and learning by seeing the difficulties faced by children and young people living in less fortunate and culturally very different situations. By fundraising and working towards a long term goal which is both individually rewarding and motivating, the young people also learn the value of achieving long-term goals and begin to understand how their lives can change by contributing effectively to wider society and the wider world.
What the young people think about the Gambia trip:
Ross Wignal - Doctral Research in Anthropology
As part of his doctoral research in anthropology Ross is spending a year in the Gambia examining the role of YMCA sports and youth projects on the lives of young people in different countries. After completing a period of research in the UK, Ross is now spending a year in the Gambia setting up and running a Sports Leadership project for disadvantaged Gambian young people, whilst developing the Gambia YMCA's capacity for sports and youth work. The Gambia is an extremely poor country but sport is thriving and can provide a driving force for personal and social development. Sport can also be used to link young people into youth support networks, offering a range of personal and career development opportunities, as well as information and services they would otherwise not encounter. It is also hoped that by involving young Gambians from the outset, the Sports Leaders project will not only be successful but will feed a production line of young Gambian staff and volunteers, who can carry the project on after Ross leave in 2012. As an addition Ross will be joined by Sussex Central YMCA staff, young people and volunteers throughout the year, who will volunteer their time to help make the project succeed.
Gambia Trip 2011
Sussex Central YMCA is leading a team of volunteers including disadvantaged young people from the local area to Gambia in December 2011. Their mission is to help people in the Serekunda region of Gambia, West Africa.
Whilst in Gambia, a team of young people and volunteers from Sussex Central YMCA, will be delivering a range of sporting activities in a local primary school in the Serekunda region. We will also be providing teaching resources so that the schools can continue these programmes in the future.
How can I help?
There are two direct ways to support the Give 2 Gambia Project, firstly by attending one of the many exiting fundraising events organised by the Give 2 Gambia fundraising team. The next fundraising event will be Prize Bingo on Friday 24th June 19:00-22:00 @ Marmion Road please Click Here to get all the details.
All money raised will go towards travel costs for the young people and taking sporting equipment and teaching resources out to the school in Gambia where they are desperately short of all kinds of resources.
Secondly you can make a direct donation either at Marmion Road or throught our Just Giving Page. Please donate whatever you can and help us to help the Gambia and allow our young people to experience a different culture that might change their own lives for the better.
How to Donate:
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