Alex Amponsah Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar

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Alex Amponsah Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar

  1. 1. District 5870 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Alex Amponsah
  2. 2. Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship Program The Rotary Foundation’s oldest and best-known program is Ambassadorial Scholarships. The program has enabled nearly 37,000 men and women from 100 different nations to study abroad since its inception in 1947. Applicants express their commitment to furthering international understanding and serving as ambassadors of Rotarian goodwill in their host countries. Compared to other scholarships, the Ambassadorial Scholarship is the only one providing scholars with a full network of support
  3. 3. Alex Amponsah Hometown: Columbia, MD Northwestern University, Chicago, IL BA in Environmental Science Honors thesis: The Realities of Ecotourism Work Experience Environmental Consultant, Austin TX Environmental Impact Statements Urban development Environmental Justice Assistant Language Teacher, Shizuoka, Japan Taught Japanese students Part of JET Programme Extracurricular Soccer Coach Shelter Volunteer JET Alumni Club Karaoke
  4. 4. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars Service work in Ghana
  5. 5. The Trip 6 Weeks in Ghana 8 high school students, 5 adults 3 Peace Corps volunteers Lived in two villages, Wamfie and Kranka, in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana Visits to Kumasi, the cultural center, Cape Coast Slave Castles and Accra, the capital Service projects including building a youth center, HIV/AIDS prevention, cultural exchange classes
  6. 6. Motivation To empower and challenge Texas and Ghanaian Youth Instill “service above self” in Texas students who have not had the opportunity to travel Encourage Ghanaian youth to make a difference in their communities
  7. 7. The Kids: YES Prep Students at YES Prep, public high schools that exist to increase the number of Texas low-income kids who graduate from a four-year college prepared to compete in the global marketplace and committed to improving disadvantaged communities.
  8. 8. The Adults: Ambassadorial Scholars Jeannie Elliott –Ambassadorial Scholar, Austin Alex Amponsah – Ambassadorial Scholar, Austin Haley Fletcher – Ambassadorial Scholar, Yes Prep teacher, Houston Victor Udoewa, Ph.D. – YES Prep teacher - Houston Maureen Israel – YES Prep teacher, Houston
  9. 9. The road to Kranka Taught classes on American culture, HIV/AIDS Prevention Learned about sustainable development and permaculture Learned greetings and introductions in Twi
  10. 10. Kranka Hometown: Dallas, Texas University Texas at Austin Graduate Majors in Anthropology and Philosophy in Plan I Liberal Arts Honors, minor in Spanish Senior thesis: The transformation of identities of Ecuadorian immigrants in Western Europe Work Experience Economic analyst Employment discrimination Racial profiling Urban development Worklife of migrant workers Extracurricular Human trafficking organizations Hoops 4 Hope in South Africa Eastside after-school spoken word programs Dance teacher, choreographer, performer – lindy hop, harlem jazz, West African, Brazilian samba, hip hop YES Prep teacher Water source in Kranka for villagers
  11. 11. Kranka Hometown: Dallas, Texas University Texas at Austin Graduate Majors in Anthropology and Philosophy in Plan I Liberal Arts Honors, minor in Spanish Senior thesis: The transformation of identities of Ecuadorian immigrants in Western Europe Work Experience Economic analyst Employment discrimination Racial profiling Urban development Worklife of migrant workers Extracurricular Human trafficking organizations Hoops 4 Hope in South Africa Eastside after-school spoken word programs Dance teacher, choreographer, performer – lindy hop, harlem jazz, West African, Brazilian samba, hip hop YES Prep teacher Farming and permaculture workshop
  12. 12. Kranka Hometown: Dallas, Texas University Texas at Austin Graduate Majors in Anthropology and Philosophy in Plan I Liberal Arts Honors, minor in Spanish Senior thesis: The transformation of identities of Ecuadorian immigrants in Western Europe Work Experience Economic analyst Employment discrimination Racial profiling Urban development Worklife of migrant workers Extracurricular Human trafficking organizations Hoops 4 Hope in South Africa Eastside after-school spoken word programs Dance teacher, choreographer, performer – lindy hop, harlem jazz, West African, Brazilian samba, hip hop YES Prep teacher Ecotourism: Monkey Sanctuary
  13. 13. Kranka Hometown: Dallas, Texas University Texas at Austin Graduate Majors in Anthropology and Philosophy in Plan I Liberal Arts Honors, minor in Spanish Senior thesis: The transformation of identities of Ecuadorian immigrants in Western Europe Work Experience Economic analyst Employment discrimination Racial profiling Urban development Worklife of migrant workers Extracurricular Human trafficking organizations Hoops 4 Hope in South Africa Eastside after-school spoken word programs Dance teacher, choreographer, performer – lindy hop, harlem jazz, West African, Brazilian samba, hip hop Wamfie dancers at welcoming ceremony
  14. 14. Kranka Hometown: Dallas, Texas University Texas at Austin Graduate Majors in Anthropology and Philosophy in Plan I Liberal Arts Honors, minor in Spanish Senior thesis: The transformation of identities of Ecuadorian immigrants in Western Europe Work Experience Economic analyst Employment discrimination Racial profiling Urban development Worklife of migrant workers Extracurricular Human trafficking organizations Hoops 4 Hope in South Africa Eastside after-school spoken word programs Dance teacher, choreographer, performer – lindy hop, harlem jazz, West African, Brazilian samba, hip hop Governor of region visiting our youth center project
  15. 15. Kids in Wamfie and Kumasi
  16. 16. Sustainable Development projects by Peace Corps
  17. 17. Sheep cross the stream
  18. 18. Sheep take a taxi!
  19. 19. Sheep clown car
  20. 20. The first timber construction on the site was erected in 1653 for the Swedish Africa Company. In 1663 the whole Swedish Gold Coast was seized by the Danes. In 1664 the Castle was conquered by the British and was extensively rebuilt In 1844, it became the seat of the colonial Government of the British Gold Coast. 40 million slaves passed through this castle – 20 million were shipped away as slaves and 20 million died in the castle. Cape Coast Slave Castle
  21. 21. Rotary in Ghana Attended rotary meeting in Accra Personality of club Issues discussed
  22. 22. Questions? Contact Info: Coming Soon! Scholar Website/Blog: http://district5870rotary.clubwizard.com/AmbassadorialScholar.cfm THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!! Lauren Denny 909-938-3230 [email_address] Jean Elliott 214-477-8384 [email_address] Questions?

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