Two Weeks of Immersion Fun

I'm incredibly pumped for the next two weeks. I get to lead an amazing Global Youth Partnership for Africa (GYPA) program in Kampala and Gulu. Check it.

Student Global Ambassadors (SGA): THINK AGAIN! MEDIA AND JOURNALISM! Uganda Immersion

August 2nd- August 18th

OVERVIEW:

Throughout the international media, images abound of the African failure. While there is argument over whether Africans are victims of neo-colonialism or self-destruction, few challenge that Africa is in a constant cycle of mega-crisises; infectious disease, terrorism, insecurity and failed states and leadership. With issues like the war in northern Uganda, HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, and rampant poverty, Uganda serves as a prescient microcosm for Africa's challenges.

While the scope of Uganda's development challenges should not be underestimated, neither should the possibilities for a better future. A new generation of young leaders has both the courage and skills to make a difference locally and for their country. These leaders undoubtedly hold the keys to the future for Uganda’s prosperity, however, their stories are little known.

GOAL:

1. Expose young Americans involved in media to stories that challenge the mainstream narrative of Ugandan helplessness

2. Youth leaders will document these stories and their enterprising and innovative projects.

3. Explore and plan concrete ways, through the use of media, to encourage Americans to think again about Africa, in ways that both encourage understanding and promote practical action for change. I expect both the conversations and the media products created will be extraordinary. Check back here and on the GYPA blog for stories and podcasts.

While I won't have time for anything else in my life for the next two weeks, I expect both the conversations and the media products created will be extraordinary. Check back here and on the GYPA blog for stories and podcasts.

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