Kansas City is one of the most beautiful cities in the nation, known for its entertainment, performing arts, shopping centers and amazing landscape. There are hundreds of things one could possibly brag about on the behalf of Kansas City. However, for some teens, who reside in the heart of the city, couldn’t give two facts regarding the city they’ve been raised in. To change this, Young World Foundation was established to cultivate young minds to explore not only their backyards, but the backyards of neighbors: locally, nationally and internationally.
As a Youth Advisory Council member, I am pleased to introduce Young World Foundation to the world! Young World Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving back through community service/outreach. Founded in January 2012, by the Co- Founders, Debrina Wright and DeOtis Williams Jr., two bright scholarly minds collaborated to introduce adolescents to the culture of philanthropy via community service projects, volunteer opportunities, and exposure to different regions around the world. The goal of YWF is to bridge the achievement gap and innovate cultural experiences, by allowing the participants to grow as global community leaders.
The organization was inspired on the behalf of teens. Ms. Wright and Mr. Williams recognized that there are teens who are hard-working, goal-oriented individuals who could use a helping hand to make their dreams become reality. Not only did the Co-Founders want to help the teens they already knew, but open a door for teens all around the area. The wonderful young people of YWF will range from ages 13-18 and reside within the Kansas City Metro Area. There will be three different groups, 6th-8th, freshmen/ sophomore, and junior/ senior (rolled out in phases). The participants will learn to make healthy life choices while traveling and helping out others around the globe in different communities. Also, YWF participants will learn a lot about their inner-selves and build functioning relationships within their own community.
As a participant of the organization, there will be plenty to do! The participants of the organization will reach out to their communities in addition to communities nationally and internationally. Such projects will consist of “Christmas in July” at the Ronald McDonald House for patients and their families in Orlando, Florida. Super exciting! Another project on YWF agenda is the monthly cleanup and landscaping of a highway, recently adopted by the foundation, and distribution of Lasting Ubiquitous Value Packs (L.U.V Packs) to people in need. The packs consist of everyday necessities. Such as non-perishables food items, hygiene products, inspirational readings etc.
“The future of the world rest in the gentle hands of today’s youth. The most brilliant ideas are envisioned by young minds. We want to nurture and cultivate our youth”. This statement speaks for itself as to why the organization was an idea in the first place. Youth Leadership Conferences have been set in place to allow YWF participants to interact with people of different races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and more, to experience something new outside of their comfort zone. With this, it is bridging the achievement gap which is a part of the goal.
Debrina Wright, Co-Founder of Young World Foundation, took the time out of her day to answer a few questions I had in mind about the organization.
Q: How do you go about deciding which locations to visit for service-learning/outreach?
A: Decisions for traveling is primarily decided based on what the youths want to experience. As a group, there is open discussion as to what activities each individual wants to do. From there we find community service projects in the area and locations of communities that we want to reach out to as well.
Q: Do you plan to have Young World Foundation in other locations throughout the nation?
A: Absolutely! We plan to have locations in various cities such as: Minneapolis, Seattle, Los Angeles, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans, Boston, Baltimore, and Oakland…and that list WILL grow.
Q: In what ways do you hope to see the organization flourish?
A: Growth. I am anxious to see the impact YWF has on the youth, volunteers, communities, and other organizations. The level of involvement from these groups of youth will have a tremendous effect on their outlook of sustaining a community, a beneficial aspect to YWF.
With the mission in mind: to cultivate global community leaders by having youth consciously connect to their communities and communities abroad can continue to happen with the help of supporters. Donations are greatly appreciated and valued by all members. For more information visit us at: www.youngworldfoundation.org and sign up for one of the different sponsorship levels or make a donation which may be repeated! Your support is just the beginning of new beginnings!