Ten U.S. high school students were selected to participate in this leadership training and cross cultural exchange program with ten Indonesian secondary school students. In July, the students met and learned together at the Global Youth Village in Virginia. In November the U.S. students travel to the homes and schools of their Indonesian counterparts to learn about the culture and government of Indonesia.
LINC participant proposals covered a range of ideas and issues.
- David J., Forest, Virginia, “Fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network”: “My team will work with the Children’s Miracle Network to coordinate a fundraising skate and raffle at the local ice center. Money raised will be used to buy intensive care supplies for the local hospital. The skate will be held on Nov 17 and will go from 9 to 2 in the morning, including a 2-3 hr family skate, and a 2-3 hour teen skate with the support of a local radio station.”
- Jaspinder K., Poughkeepsie, NY, “HIV/AIDS Education Assembly”: His goal is to hold educational assemblies on the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic. “Multiple assemblies will consist of first hand accounts of people who have been affected by AIDS, who will also explain how extensive the problem is. Posters will be visible around the school and we will create a ‘fact of the day’ campaign during the morning announcements.” Jaspinder also hopes to hold a fundraiser, donating proceeds to a relevant charitable organization.
- Daisy K., Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, “Be the Change Leadership Conference with International Awareness Workshop”: “Many students in at Stroudsburg High School lack the proper training to successfully lead a group. They remain culturally unaware of worldly events. My project will bring together student leaders, local community members, fellow LINC participants, college professors and student council members for a daylong workshop dedicated to training student leaders and raising global awareness.” Daisy hopes at least 100 students will participate, with the goal of raising tolerance among her peers, and inspiring others to make change and take on leadership roles. Workshop topics will include: public speaking, team building, Peace Corp, AIDS, the conflict in Uganda.
Andrew K., Dumfries, Virginia, “Community Soccer Field Renovation”: This project will organize a maintenance day for the Prince William County soccer fields. Andrew hopes to sod the fields, repaint goal posts, repair nets, re-line the fields, and introduce a recycling program. “In working together to make the soccer fields more pleasing to the eye and easier to use, we will bring the community together to fix a universal problem.” Andrew hopes to get at least 50 volunteers to make this happen over some 10-15 community soccer fields. “It can be a great project to bring the community together.”
- Mike K., Pleasanton, California, “Global Awareness Proliferation”: “Pleasanton is a very apathetic community; people do not know about issues that can directly affect them. By creating an educational movie and a benefit concert, I am hoping to spread awareness of global issues, such as stem-cell research, the Israeli-Lebanon conflict, and Uganda. This project will be directed at the youth.” Mike’s hope is to inspire young people to become more politically aware and active.
- Kaitlyn M., Poughkeepsie, NY, “Education Connection”: “In the U.S., education through high school is free. Many Americans, including myself, may take that for granted and assume it is free in the rest of the world. In Indonesia families must pay for education; many of the schools receive little or no government funding and are struggling financially.” By holding several events through her school and church, and by seeking donations via local businesses, Kaitlyn hopes to raise $1000 to buy English language books and school supplies for students at the school of one of the LINC participant’s schools in Lombok, Indonesia.
Bartell P., Pryor, Montana. “Keep Arrow Creek Beautiful”: “The objective of this project is to clean up my community and try to implement a regular recycling program.” Project ideas include: clean the main streets and local dump area; recycling as much as possible; buy trees to plant; set up a recycling program for paper and plastic. “The project will focus on the bad open parts of my community.”
- Emily S., Richmond, Virginia, “Interfaith Dialogue Day”: “I plan to bring together youth with diverse religious backgrounds for discussion on their basic values, beliefs and histories of their religions.” Emily’s goal is to promote understanding about Christianity, Islam and Judaism through dialogue in an atmosphere that reflects tolerance. She hopes to reach at least 30 people.
- Mustapha S., Sterling, Virginia, “ADAMS Center Recycling Program”: “There are a lot of programs that go on at my community center. The ADAMS center is always having events in which there is an unacceptable amount of waste. Providing recycling options and informing people about the importance of recycling could easily solve this problem. I plan to meet with the leaders of the mosque to present the information on recycling. If approved, I will arrange for recycling bins to be put by every trash bin and will advertise about the bins and the importance of using them.”
“Learning how to plan a project that can affect change in the community gave me a lot of self confidence. I came convinced that I would be the weakest link of the group and now I feel we all play important roles in our community, myself included.” — Mustapha S.
- Marc Z., La Grangeville, NY, “Promoting Awareness about the Conflict in Uganda”: “Uganda has been in a state of civil war for the past 20 years. The rebel group abducts children for use as soldiers. This has received little media coverage. I am going to organize an education event to promote awareness on this situation and rally people to demonstrate on this issue. We will also organize a bake sale and donate proceeds to UNICEF, the Red Cross or some other aid organization. I will also try to gain support from people for continued involvement in this issue.”
- Rico A., Yogyakarta, “Fun Bike Charity”: “After the earthquake hit, Yogyakarta was a mess. A few places were destroyed and many people were killed or lost their homes and family. I will hold a “fun bike” for everyone where we will give a presentation about the environment and collect money from the participants to help the poor.” Rico hopes to involve at 30 people in the bike event, to raise at least $100, and in the process, raise local awareness among his fellow students about local needs.
- Nanda F., Serang Banten, “Cleanliness in My School”: “Cleanliness is important, it makes us healthy. But many people in my school don’t realize the importance of this. Most students just throw garbage wherever they feel like it. My plan is to create a recycling program. This will make my school more clean and give big benefit of money to my school. From this money I can make my school more beautiful by making a garden and giving it to the orphans in the community.”
“Project planning was an amazing process! Through that, I can find out I am and how I am; it challenges me to be helpful.”
Siska H, Bukittinggi, “Bukittinggi Nan Indah”: “Bukittinggi is one of the tourism places in Indonesia. Many tourists come to visit from other countries. It has beautiful scenery and fresh air, but unfortunately many of the places are dirty and have rubbish on the road. This project is to clean up at least two tourist places. Hopefully by this small clean up project I will inspire others to participate in keeping our environment clean.”
- Diva I, Yogyakarta, “Recycle at School”: “My school has a Green Action Program. It plants seeds and flowers to make a fresh and better environment. To support this program and make a better environment, I would like to propose a recycling program to manage the trash at my school. To celebrate Indonesian Independence Day and make this project fun, I will make a mural competition for the trash bins.”
- Astrid N, Jakarta, “Community Service Club”: “Al-Izhar Pandok Labu, my school, is surrounded by an orphanage, but only a few students care about this. I want to start a club. Once a month we will go to the orphanage and give money we have raised and volunteer for a day: reading books, giving candies and playing with the children. Before we initially go, I will raise funds by selling muffins and placing several charity boxes, and ask parent and relatives of students to donate money, books and clothes. During Ramadan [mid-Sept to mid-Oct, 2006], I want to hold a ‘Sahur on the Road’ in my community because there are many less fortunate people who need to have Sahur but don’t have money. I want to help them, even if it’s not much.” [“Sahur” is an early morning meal, eaten pre-dawn, before the day’s fast begins.]
Bagus P., Jakarta, “Sahur on the Road”: “There are a lot of poor and homeless people in Indonesia, especially in my city. At every traffic light we can see a lot of poor children who are beggars; I want to help them. I will raise funds from my classmates, family and others. I’ll buy food and clothes with these funds and distribute them to the poor children.”
- Ay-Ay S., Tangerang Banten, “Safari Ramadan”: “There are some poor people who like to hang around my school. Probably it is difficult for them to get food for breaking the fast during Ramadan. My friends and I will invite them to break fast with us in a small local mosque twice a week during Ramadan. An hour before breaking the fast we will hear a speech from the chief of the mosque and pray together in the mosque. After the prayer we will distribute 20 boxes of meals.”
Renganis Q., Mataram, “Mobile Library”: “In my community there are a lot of people, especially teenagers, who don’t like reading. Many parents want to see their children doing more reading. My project will increase the reading of the teenagers by making it easier for them to get interesting books. I will find a space and establish a lending library.”
- Harun R., Mataram, “Cleanliness around the Dormitory”: “I’m a student of a boarding school. Unfortunately, cleanliness is not organized, and all day we are busy. This project will clean up and maintain the cleanliness of the dormitory. We will also provide separate places for trash and recycling.”
- Jodi V., Padang, West Sumatra, “Liquid Care”: “Liquid is the name of my racing team. Racing teams usually have a bad reputation… Our project is to change the bad opinion of racing teams and have fun with orphans. We also want to give some education and something that can be useful to them. We want to invite about 25 orphans to break fast and pray with us. Our plan is to help orphans not to be discriminated against, because sometimes they think that they are not our brothers and our sisters. I want to change their condition to become better.”
“I had to be brave to express my ideas. I learned I can be more creative with my proposal, and I can manage my time and be a good leader.” – Harun