Earth University Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Education, Food, International

Location: Five Piedmont Center Suite 215 3525 Piedmont Road Ne Atlanta GA 30305 USA

Mission:

EARTH University Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to support scholarships and programs for EARTH University in Costa Rica.  EARTH is an international, private, non-profit university located in Costa Rica, dedicated to education in the agricultural sciences. EARTH strives to prepare leaders with ethical values to contribute to the sustainable development of the world and to construct a prosperous and just society. EARTH’s actions are aimed at building a future in which all countries and their communities achieve social, economic and environmental well-being.


Programs: As part of EARTH University's rigorous curriculum and concentration on ethical values, the following three programs were developed:The Community Development Program (CDP) trains students to become leaders in their local communities, working as professionals with strong ethical and social values. The Program, which consists of two modules: community work and family experience-creates space for interaction, research, and educational processes between local farmers, students, and professors. The Program promotes students' social consciousness, encouraging them to remain involved and continue to work for holistic social development after leaving the university. The Entrepreneurial Projects Program systematically develops in each student an entrepreneurial mentality as well as the business skills required by agricultural professionals in the twenty-first century. The goals of this Program are to: Train students to become entrepreneurs, capable of integrating the economic, social, and environmental aspects of a business; Promote the creation of economically profitable, ecologically viable, and socially acceptable food production enterprises, and to develop value added businesses in the agricultural food system; and develop students? leadership skills.The Center for Entrepreneurial Formation (CFE), was created as the point of entry for graduates seeking financing through the Graduate Business Initiatives Program. The potential clients of this loan program, who must be EARTH University graduates, submit a fully developed business plan to the CFE for review. The CFE evaluates the proposals, provides feedback, prepares detailed profiles of all applicants, and makes a recommendation to approve or decline all proposals. Successful proposals, in addition to being financially sound, will embody EARTH's mission to promote sustainable development. Other programs include student recruitment, research, and internships.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have the honor of working with two of Earth University's alumni for the past four years. I admire their deep connection to their alma mater's beliefs and mission. They have inspired children at our school to become greener citizens by sponsoring The Green Team, a group of students that stay after school to go room by room to collect and dispose of paper for our city to recycle. These alumni celebrated last year's Earth Day by finding tree donors and having all of the schools in our learning commmunity plant trees. If you ask these two global citizens where their drive comes from to make all of us global thinkers as well they will inevitably trace their passion back to Earth University.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The ex-alumni I have the priviledge of working with every day that are dedicated teachers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them promote their organization so students from all over the world had the opportunity to choose it as their higher education home.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Ever since I first heard a presentation about Earth University, I've been in love with it's philosophy, educational approach and impact on those it reaches. Earth faculty (not just "recruiters) recruit students from small towns and villages, young community leaders that may not have ever gone far from home but have leadership potential.

During the first week of school they ensure that all students are able to share their expertise creating an environment of equity and respect that crosses economic and ethnic lines.

The curriculum includes a focus on sustainable agriculture, community service and entreprenurism. All students participate in a project that creates a product or service related to sustainable agriculture that earns money. The balancing of sustainable economic development and stewardship of the earth is what we need for future generations to have a viable place on this earth our common home.

Jane

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing students speak at presentations in the Bay Area, learning about projects that cumulatively have substantive impact on sustainable rainforest agriculture, and meeting with staff and faculty over the years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it easier for donors and interested citizens to visit Earth in Costa Rica.

 
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