Notes from the Road
UPDATE: You can now view Ashley's video from Sierra Leone by clicking here.
An Invitation: You are invited to journey with YAP's three Monmouth University International Social Work interns as they traverse three countries doing field work. Ashley Terleski, Rachel A. Forbes and Bree Meduna joined the YAP team in September working in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to support our sister agencies in Sierra Leone and Guatemala, the International Youth Advocacy Federation and general YAP international endeavors. This dynamic group developed a research project that they are about to launch. This month, Ashley, Rachel and Bree are beginning orientation in their field sites of Sierra Leone, Guatemala, and New Jersey. In March, the venturesome researchers will be conducting focus groups simultaneously, pioneering an entirely new track of international internships with YAP.
Coupling travel with an eye on social justice and making the VOICES of vulnerable youth heard, the field study joins the YAP and Monmouth mutual missions nicely. Via the "Travelogue Project," Ashley, Rachel and Bree will write blogs about their experience as North Americans traveling abroad, their cross-cultural exchanges and opportunities, a first-hand account of the political and social climates the youth they work with contend with and simply the adventure that travel promises. You are invited to participate in the adventure by subscribing to Notes from the Road. Join Ashley in Freetown and Mile 91 for "Notes from Sierra Leone," Rachel in Guatemala City and Antigua for "Notes from Guatemala" and Bree in Camden and Essex for "Notes from New Jersey." Invite the youth in your YAP program to read along and post comments and questions for the audacious interns and for the young people they are working with on-site. Whatever corner of the globe this finds you in, click on the links below to travel along on this YAP/Monmouth venture.