Students at Floyd Middle School are participating in the O Ambassadors program, a joint project of Oprah’s Angel Network and Free The Children. These students are working towards the UN Millennium Development Goals, learning about global issues and making a tangible difference in the lives of their peers in the developing world.
They are part of a network of O Ambassadors clubs across North America that are working to find solutions to global challenges through active learning, idea-sharing and taking action. Through this program, youth in North America have the unique opportunity to develop leadership skills and become active and compassionate global citizens.
“We are so excited to be a part of the O Ambassadors program and we’re proud to represent the voices of youth in Mableton,” said Rhonda Tanner. “There are so many issues in our world that need our attention and we’re ready to show that youth in Mableton care and want to make a difference in our world.”
Throughout the year, The Inner Circle Mentor Group/ O Ambassadors Club will raise awareness about the importance of a holistic approach to development by focusing on the Millennium Development Goals. Every two months the club will focus on a different theme (poverty, education, health and sustainable development) in West Africa and organize fundraising and awareness-raising events for their school with the help of posters, how-to guides, regional guides and an Educator binder (with curricula).
The funds raised by students at Floyd will go towards holistic development projects in East Africa, West Africa, South Asia, East Asia and Latin America. Clubs have the opportunity to choose the world regions they would like to research and support. These projects provide local children and their families with the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty. All projects will be carried out in partnership with local communities.
The Floyd branch of O Ambassadors is coordinated by Courtney L. Teague. For more information, please visit www.oambassadors.org.