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Project will send 9 to West Africa

A nine-member team of teens and young adults from the YMCA of Greater Charlotte will travel to Dakar, Senegal, in West Africa in November to explore literacy and education through service.

This Global Service Learning Project – designed to engage participants in service learning before, during and after the trip – includes five students from Charlotte-area high schools, and four YMCA young adult staff members. Before the trip, team members will volunteer with the Y Readers, the Y’s after-school literacy program for first- and second-graders.

"I will be able to learn firsthand the awareness and value of literacy in another country," said Anjelica Pendergrass, a junior at West Charlotte High. "I am excited about reading to the children at the programs in Senegal."

After volunteering in Charlotte, the team will spend Thanksgiving in Senegal visiting several YMCA sites, including a school operated by the Senegal YMCA. Throughout the trip, participants will engage in cultural activities and experiences with West African YMCA staff, volunteers and young people.

The teens were selected from existing YMCA leadership programs such as Leaders Club and Y Achievers. Upon their return, the delegation will share their experience with YMCA leadership, Y members and their high school peers as well as other YMCAs throughout the country.

The Y still needs support for the cost of the trip ($2,800 per person). To make a donation, contact Blair Campbell at blair.campbell@ymcacharlotte.org.

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