Analy Ecuador Spring Break 2018
March 24 – April 1, 2018
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I definitely gained more confidence and I’m not as shy anymore. I’ve begun to care less of what people think of me and I feel that I can handle anything that comes my way.Mary Rose Ohlin
Kyle Meador is the Global Student Embassy Sonoma County Program Coordinator. Originally from Sacramento, California, Kyle studied Ethnic Studies and Bilingual/Multicultural Education at California State University, Sacramento, earning his Masters. Kyle has developed community action projects and has spent a significant amount of time working with some of the most innovative schools across the country and traveling, hosting and working with young people to develop safe, sustainable spaces for students to learn and grow. Kyle loves to work in the garden, travel, and facilitate transformational experiences with young people.
Sonoma County Program Coordinator
Global Student Embassy at Analy High School
and the Village Park Garden
Global Student Embassy (GSE) uses hands-on eco-action projects and international cultural exchanges to provide students with life changing learning opportunities. Students develop ecological literacy and participate in grassroots international relations while building crucial 21st century skills such as cross-cultural communication and collaboration.
Analy High School and the nearby Village Park Garden were GSE’s founding projects (2009) in collaboration with Argentine and Peruvian exchange students. Analy students wanted to make organic produce available and accessible to lower income community members and inspired Sebastopol’s City Council to allow the use of city land to build the Village Park Garden. Students practiced public speaking and leadership skills during their advocacy for the project and further applied those skills, as well as their new agricultural knowledge, throughout the garden design and implementation process.
Students from Analy engage in in-school and after-school garden programs and have a hand in each aspect of caring for the garden, planting, harvesting, turning beds, and more. GSE staff and youth leaders facilitate weekly workshops in our outdoor classroom to develop skills in leadership, cross-cultural knowledge, ecological literacy, sustainable agriculture and stewardship, while being a positive influence and role models for others in the community.
To date, the Village Park Garden has produced over 6,000 pounds of organic produce for Food for Thought Food Bank, Ceres Project, Graton Day Labor Center, and residents of the Village Park.
The community is a place of the highest importance. I have learned to be more honest and helpful within a group; providing constructive criticism and doing my share. Knowing how to work together is what makes a community.Jamison Burks
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