Step 3: List our local group (RPCVHI) as the ReferralStep 4: Contact RPCVHI and let us know you have submitted a proposal to the Peace Corps.
For more information on Peace Corps Small Grants Program, please visit www.peacecorps.gov/ggm/smallgrants.
For more information on RPCVHI Aloha Grant, please contact Amy Thompson, RPCVHI Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Aloha Grant Recipient
Anna M. Alden
Literacy Support (April 2016)
Peace Corps Response Volunteer, Anna M. Alden, worked in Guyana with the Step By Step Foundation School for students with autism. The Step By Step School is one of only two small schools in Guyana that provides services to students on the autism spectrum and with other pervasive development disabilities. It is a registered charity in Guyana and is listed with Guyana’s National Commission on Disabilities.
The Aloha Grant was awarded to the Foundation in late April 2016. The grant was allocated to provide literacy and organizational assistance to the 7 tutors currently teaching at the Step By Step School near Georgetown, Guyana. All budgeted items were purchased in June 2016. These items included a cassette player to enable students to listen to stories aligned with their programs of study and also for playing music for gross motor activities. Grant monies were also spent on reams of paper, accordion files, and plastic drawers for the organization of teaching supplies. Materials of all kinds are in very short supply at the school and this grant was gratefully received.
2015 Aloha Grant Recipient
This Youth Leadership Camp will invite 48 Mongolian adolescents to participate in a three day camp intended to empower youth in the community to become leaders and role models. We hope this camp will teach youth that their voice and contribution is vital to the improvement of their communities. During camp, youth will develop leadership and life skills, such as communication, emotion management, and empathy, through art, sports, and various experiential learning activities. Camp activities are designed to improve youths' critical thinking, self-esteem, problem-solving skills, and create plans and goals for their future. By developing these various skills, youth will be more self-aware, learn how to create stronger positive connections with others, and be able to resist peer pressure to engage in risky behaviors. This camp is intended to be sustainable and serve as a real model of youth participation. Six Mongolian young adults will work alongside Peace Corps Volunteers as junior counselors. Counselors will learn different methods of positive interaction with youth and how to collaboratively develop student-centered lessons. They will also gain basic case management skills through their monitoring and evaluation of campers' progress. In addition, campers will be offered the opportunity to serve as counselors the next year. These youth will become peer mentors and practice the skills they learned to teach more youth. This way, camp can continue on without Peace Corps Volunteers in the future.