January 27, 2010

Boulder, Colorado: Local Nonprofit holds event for the Future of Uganda.

In the midst of the Haiti crisis, it’s tough to talk about much else.

But during this time when people around the world are opening their hearts (and wallets, thank god) for those in need, it’s important to open up our compassion to those countries in the developing world that have been wrecked by human-caused disasters, from genocide to political mayhem, and whose suffering too often goes unnoticed. What is most important to note is that help is not best received through a check (although sometimes not possible without) but through creating something that pays for itself.

Educate!, a Colorado and Uganda-based organization, has created a new model of education that channels the untapped potential of youth in Africa to become part of the solution not the problem itself. The work of Educate! aims to empower the next generation of socially responsible leaders in Africa through a unique social change curriculum that encourages students to think outside of the book and in a socially responsible, entrepreneurial way. Educate! students create locally-grown, market based initiatives that solve the challenges that Africans are faced with.

The curriculum is focused on the skills and experience students need to find solutions to problems in their communities. The teachers are mentors who build powerful relationships that give youth confidence to lead change. And the classroom is the community itself where the Educate! students start initiatives that solve the problems of poverty, disease, violence and environmental degradation.”What our students learn in the class doesn’t stop here. It goes out the doors, the windows and into the community,” says Educate! Mentor.

Boulder Native and Fairview High School student decided to create the change he wished to see. Eric Glustrom founded Educate! in 2002 at age 17 after a visit to Kyangwali Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Impressed by the potential and drive of the African youth to solve the numerous challenges facing their community from poverty to malaria and corruption, Glustrom started Educate! to equip the next generation of leaders in Uganda.

“We’re thrilled to hold Educate!’s First Annual Ball, coming up February 6, an event that gathers our community together and at the same time fully benefits our students in Uganda,” Says Glustrom. “Our hope for the event is to gain community awareness and raise support to help the Educate! students solve the critical challenges facing their communities.”

If so inspired, please join Educate! celebrate and support the growth of Uganda:

Educate!’s Annual Ball – For the Future of Uganda with special musical guest FACE

A Fundraising Event to Benefit Students in Uganda

Saturday February 6, at Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Event Center,

1301 Spruce Street in Boulder.

The Ball is for all ages with dancing, live music by the nationally-recognized Boulder-based band FACE, a great silent auction and speech scheduled by Congressman Jared Polis. Also enjoy wine from Superior Liquor, beer tastings from Asher Brewery (Colorado’s 1st all organic brewery) and food provided by Whole Foods and BJ’s Pizza Grill and Brewery. Besides being a wonderful time, the Ball is a benefit event to empower youth across Uganda to transform their communities by addressing poverty, disease, hunger and ignorance.

Doors open at 5:30PM.

About Educate!

Educate!, founded in 2002, empowers students across Uganda to drive the social, political and economic development of their communities. We teach a two-year curriculum on how to lead social change, provide long term mentoring, and create a life-long, national network that equips students with the skills and confidence necessary to transform their communities. Educate! students create locally-grown, market based initiatives that solve the challenges of poverty, disease, and environmental degradation.

The 830 Educate! students currently enrolled in the Educate! Experience—a two-year curriculum focusing on social change, mentorship, and leadership that equips students with the skills and confidence necessary to transform their communities—have started a variety of self-sustaining initiatives and enterprises. Students at a refugee settlement have built an orphanage and sent over 80 students to school while directly impacting 10,000 refugees. Others have started planting over 20,000 tree seedlings city-wide, seedlings donated by their local government with a value of $15,000.A recent winner of the Champions of Quality Education in Africa competition, a collaboration between Ashoka’s Changemakers and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Educate! was also recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as one of 100 Brilliant Companies in 2009, by DoSomething as an organization started by one of America’s top five change-makers under 25 and by the Echoing Green fellowship, recognizing the highest potential startup social change ventures worldwide.

Educate! Mission: To educate and empower the next generation of socially responsible leaders in Africa.

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