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Program coordinator, website editor, development partner
Youth Envision and The University of Arizona
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea."
First and foremost, I am a partner for education. I firmly believe that any sustainable solution to the world's challenges must involve education. Systemic solutions to energy, health, and economic challenges must involve those who are afflicted. Thus, I am a huge advocate for collaboration and facilitation of partnerships.
I hold post-graduate degrees in Global Health and Curriculum Development for Education. My experience with international development began in Russia, where I worked with a non-profit to provide vocational training to HIV-positive communities. I was training and curriculum designer for this group; we partnered with victims of HIV and businesses in St. Petersburg to help negotiate employment, salary and benefits for people afflicted with HIV.
More recently, I partnered with an upstart NGO called Youth Envision. The organization seeks to create sustainable solutions to development challenges that hinder education in the mountain communities of Haiti. It has been in operation since 2004. I am the current coordinator for Youth Envision's sustainable development program.
I am also a Master's student at The University of Arizona studying Development Practice. My focus is to better gain skills of project design, analysis, and adjustment. At the university, I have partnered with TANGO International and various faculty members at the university. Together, we have analyzed and evaluated dozens of ongoing development projects around the world.
I have found that the more I study, the stronger I feel about collaboration. In order for a solution to become sustainable and truly improve people's lives, it needs to involve those people. Transparency and accountability are becoming increasingly visceral in project design, implementation, and evaluation.