Duke students will take part in a program that provides children with summer enrichment opportunities in Bennettsville, S.C., thanks to a $174,000 gift from The Duke Endowment of Charlotte, N.C.
The gift will fully fund one of the eight new programs to be offered through DukeEngage during the summer of 2012.
The Freedom Schools Program—an initiative that dates back to 1964 but was reborn in 1992 under the leadership of Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund – aims to help children fall in love with reading, increase their self-esteem and generate more positive attitudes toward learning.
The new DukeEngage program in South Carolina will place eight participants at the Bennettsville site each summer over the next three years to work with K-12 students on their academic enrichment, leadership and civic engagement. Duke’s Program in Education will partner with DukeEngage and the Freedom Schools on the program.
“We are deeply grateful to our friends and partners at The Duke Endowment,” said Eric Mlyn, executive director of DukeEngage. “Their immense generosity helped launch DukeEngage in 2007, and we have benefited greatly from their ongoing support as we now look toward our sixth summer of service in 2012.”
In total, during the summer of 2012 DukeEngage will fund the placement of as many as 435 Duke students in 42 domestic and international group programs, and dozens of independent student projects.
New international opportunities for DukeEngage students include programs in both Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
In Cambodia, DukeEngage students will partner with Projects Abroad to assist with community-based projects focused on human rights and youth development in Phnom Penh.
A program near Chiang Mai, Thailand, will offer students the opportunity to promote projects that generate sustainable income for the local community through environmental conservation, research and education initiatives.
DukeEngage also is offering a new program in Jordan with the School for International Training, a leading provider of learning experiences abroad. The program will support the efforts of local organizations in and around Amman that are focused on educational, environmental, economic, health and social issues.
In addition, a program in Lebanon will focus on a public health outreach campaign and explore community development opportunities. The program will be led by Kathryn Wood, assistant professor at the Duke University School of Nursing, in partnership with the American University of Beirut’s Office of Civic Engagement.
International program additions also include new initiatives led by Duke faculty in Uganda, Guatemala and Russia.
In Russia, in addition to leading a joint DukeEngage-study abroad program in St. Petersburg, Professor Edna Andrews will lead a traditional eight-week initiative in which students assist the Russian Ministry of Health’s Rehabilitation Center for the Blind. Andrews is professor of linguistics and cultural anthropology; director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian & East European Studies; and director of Duke’s FOCUS Program.
In Calhuitz, Guatemala, Duke biomedical engineering professor Robert Malkin will oversee a health care service and leadership program that brings together Duke students, U.S. high school students and local health care providers to assist disadvantaged Guatemalan communities. Malkin, who serves as director of Duke’s Global Public Service Academies, is also overseeing continuing DukeEngage programs, in partnership with Engineering World Health, at sites in Nicaragua and Tanzania.
Engineering associate professor David Schaad is leading a program in Kaihura, Uganda, where DukeEngage students will support a local, faith-based organization focused on child and family education, community empowerment and sustainable development. Schaad, associate chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering, has previously led DukeEngage programs in New Orleans and Las Mercedes, Honduras, as well as Beaufort and Hillsborough, N.C.
Says Mlyn, “While we largely focused in 2011 on the development and enrichment of our domestic programs, we also want to continue broadening the opportunities available to Duke students by establishing DukeEngage programs in parts of the world where our presence is not as deep and which are responsive to student interest.”
Students can explore all group program opportunities available for summer 2012 at dukeengage.duke.edu/immersion-programs. Interested students may apply online at the DukeEngage web site. The application deadline for international programs is Nov. 8, 2011.
Since 2007, DukeEngage, working with hundreds of community partners in more than 50 nations worldwide, has provided more than 1,400 Duke students with a broad range of immersive service opportunities lasting a minimum of eight weeks.