Womens Education Project
Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Issues: Education, Job Training, Philanthropy, Women
Location: PO Box 1201 New York NY 10021 USA
Programs: Sudar (meaning Light in Tamil) is WEP’s first center. Founded in 2002, seventy students currently attend the WEP-Sudar center, and of these, forty receive scholarships to local colleges. Once the college day has finished, students come to the center to enjoy nutritious snacks with friends and study in the library and garden.
Each semester, students choose between study skills, English, and computer courses. On weekends and during vacations, they may attend a teacher-training program, the lecture series on health, finance, civics and the environment, and local field trips to introduce them to career opportunities.
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I first joined the Women’s Education Project (WEP) when the organization launched its Ambassador volunteer program back in January 2010. In a small workspace in Brooklyn, we met regularly over tea and light appetizers to help stuff and address envelopes, brainstorm ideas and help the President of the organization in any way we could. During my time with the organization, I’ve met a terrific group of young professionals, who are dedicated to enhancing the mission of the organization: WEP provides scholarships for young women in India from poor families to achieve career dreams, because in India women are more likely to lack the support and resources to attend college. Since January, the Ambassador program has evolved and now has subcommittees or teams that volunteers can join based on their interests. These include Events, Social Media, and Athletics. As a member of the social media team I have been very involved in the design of WEP’s Facebook page and have now taken on the additional responsibility working as a co-manager for the PR team. The Ambassador program is great because it allows volunteers to take on leadership roles within the organization. I’ve come a long way from stuffing envelopes back in January, and it feels very rewarding to know that the work I do as an Ambassador for WEP helps young women succeed in college, career and life.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
In addition to being a volunteer, I’ve also become a donor. With each donation, I receive a story about where the money goes and who it helps. It feels great “to invest in women of limited means but unlimited potential."
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
meeting a fun group of people, and knowing that my work as a volunteer is really helping the organization achieve its goals.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
everyone is very friendly and enthusiastic about helping to assist the organization meet its goals.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
establish more education centers so that even more women can have access to education.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
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