AFYA website: https://afyafoundation.org/our-mission/
For day of service, five advisories participated in sorting medical supplies for AFYA. AFYA is an organization that recovers unused medical supplies from hospitals, sorts and ships them to 56 countries around the world. They allow countries who cannot afford advanced medical supplies to get what they need, and have collected and shipped $26 million worth of medical supplies. This experience made me aware of the fact that so many other people around the world are not able to get the medical care they need, and it made me want to find more ways to give back to other communities who have much less than we do. After completing our service, I noticed how many more boxes were surrounded by us, and really wanted to come back and help sort. By sorting those medical supplies, so many people are now able to receive the medical care they need, and I’m glad that I was part of the effort.
Coalition For The Homeless
For the majority of the school year, the 9th grade worked on a project partnered with the YPI. YPI (Youth Philanthropy Initiative) is a competition in the 9th grade to win a $5000 grant for the charity of our choice. My group chose Coalition for the Homeless, and although along the way we had some troubles settling on one charity, our experience with the Coalition was great. We visited their headquarters and had an amazing presentation that held all the information about the Coalition. We weren’t able to see their housing or food trucks, which are one of their biggest programs, however our focus was on their job training courses. We were interested in unemployment among the homeless community, so we focused mainly on their “First Step Job Training” Program. At first, I didn’t know much about homelessness or unemployment. I knew some vague details about this social issue, but once we sat down and did some research along with our site visit I was able to learn so much more about unemployment in the homeless community. Our site visit made me realize that not everyone has it easy, and we can actively help out in many ways, from just listening and informing people about our issue to volunteering or donating. Although we didn’t win the YPI, I would definitely volunteer for Coalition in the future and maybe help out in some of their other programs.