Taking action for the benefit of others by giving our time, talent, or treasure is among the most laudable expressions of human society. However, all too often the work performed under the guise of service takes place without the input of the larger community that is ostensibly being served.
This summit takes a fresh look at service learning and altruism, seeking to empower participants to move beyond ‘counting hours’ and learn to find meaningful and ethical opportunities to serve others.
Drawing on what we learned from interviews with experts in the field, we work in small intercultural teams to design service projects that result in responsible engagements with our communities, both local and global.
Stephen Ritz is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning educator, author of best-selling book, The Power Of A Plant and Founder of Green Bronx Machine. Known as America’s favorite teacher, Stephen is responsible for creating the first edible classroom in the world. He and his students have grown more than 100,000 pounds of vegetables in the South Bronx, have been celebrated at the Obama White House three times, have been featured on the cover of TIME for KIDS and are the subject of a new, full-feature documentary, Generation Growth. Stephen was just awarded the 2020 Change-Maker Award by NYC Food Policy Center for his work, advocacy and impact in public schools across NYC and America.
“I really enjoyed this program and thought that I got a lot out of it. The amount of experts that the Envoys program was able to pull and make available for us to ask questions was impressive and was definitely my favorite part of the program.”
“My favorite part was getting to meet and befriend new people from around the world, which is especially hard right now.”
“I liked being able to listen to people who make solving the SDGs their life's work. Not only was it interesting, but they offered valuable insights which I think most people enjoyed.”
[What was the best part of this program?] “Meeting new people from different backgrounds, making real relationships and understanding each other face to face despite what we see on social media, news...and avoiding stereotypes .”
[What was the best part of this program?] “The different points of view and opinions about many topics, which make the discussion more interesting” -- Program Rating: 10
“The best part of this program was the ability to learn about other cultures (even those within my country) while simultaneously learning about global issues that need to change.”
“I loved being able to interact and collaborate with people all around the world. I really liked learning about other people’s cultures, and I loved how even though we all came from different backgrounds, we were able to come together and work on something we were all passionate about. Some of my favorite parts of the virtual exchange was when we went into breakout rooms and got to know each other through different activities.”
“It's an amazing program and has amazing qualities. I believe that the best part of this program is not only that you are able to learn more and talk about the important issues occurring in today's world, but also that you are able to meet such amazing people and make new friends.”
[What was the best part of this program?] “The best part was how it forced me to think outside of my experiences, of issues faced by people in other communities in the U.S. and around the world.”
[What was the best part of this program?] “Watching the students take leadership roles and learn about each other's lives. I liked the final project- giving options for student ownership, also letting them choose the SDG and getting appropriate speakers”
Saturday, February 19th, 2022