Hey, all! I’m taking a break from newborn duties to introduce you to a special friend and to ask for your help. For the past few years, I have been a mentor to a lovely young woman named Jazmyn. She is a sophomore currently at the high school I attended. Jazmyn is beyond super cool. She is smart, focused, hardworking, insightful and inquisitive. In other words, she makes me not fear having a teen daughter some day ’cause I swear some of these kids these days…yikes!! But seriously, Jazmyn is lovely, and I hope that I can take the next step in being her mentor by singing her praises and asking for your help.
Jazmyn has been chosen to travel to Brazil this summer as part of a program called the International Youth Leadership Institute. She’ll be spending time in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia, and both Maceio and Palmares in the northern part of the country. Can I say that I am jealous? I’d love to go back to Brazil! (Check out my posts about my trip to Brazil here). As part of the program, each student must raise money that will go towards their travel costs. Jazmyn is combining her artistic talents and her love of animals by selling sketches of South American wildlife. Samples and more information about the sketches are below. You can also just donate, and there are links below to do just that.
Under normal circumstances, I would not solicit money for me or anyone else on this blog, but I have to say that Jazmyn is a special young woman, and I can’t think of a better reason to hit you guys up for money than to help her reach her goal of learning more about Brazil, its language, history, culture and environment this summer. To me, this blog is just not about telling my story but about inspiring others to create their own stories by exploring the world. Please help Jazmyn create her own lifelong memories.
Here’s Jazmyn in her own words to explain more about the program and her fundraising efforts.
PLEASE SEND ME TO BRAZIL!
“If anybody tells you your dreams are too big, tell them that the world they are living in is too small.” –Brown, 23
THROUGH A PROGRAM CALLED IYLI (The International Leadership Institute), I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY ABROAD IN BRAZIL FOR A MONTH THIS SUMMER. EVERY TRIP IS SUSTAINED THROUGH SCHOLARSHIP, BUT THE STUDENT MUST FIRST DEMONSTRATE THE LEADERSHIP SKILLS THAT IYLI PROMOTES BY RAISING A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY. THE OPTIMAL GOAL IS $1,000 TOTAL, BUT ANY AND ALL MONEY MADE IS APPRECIATED AND WILL GO DIRECTLY TO SUPPORTING THE STUDENT IN INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL THROUGH IYLI.
IN BRAZIL, STUDENTS WILL GET A HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN THE CULTURE OF SOUTH AMERICA, VISITING LANDMARKS AND MAJOR CITIES AS WELL AS BEACHES, FORESTS, AND RURAL AREAS. THE TRIP IS BASED ON COMMUNITY SERVICE, SO ANY MONEY DONATED WILL NOT GO TO WASTE! STUDENTS WILL BE TAUGHT ENVIROMENTAL SKILLS AND WILL DOING COMMUNITY SERVICE WORK THROUGHOUT DIFFERENT AREAS OF BRAZIL.
I BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE PLAY A GREATER ROLE IN THE WORLD THAN WE LIKE TO TAKE CREDIT FOR. WE LIKE TO PRETEND AS IF WE HAVE ALREADY DISCOVERED WHATEVER IS OUT THERE. I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WORLD THEY LIVE IN AND TAKE CHARGE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. THIS MEANS UNDERSTANDING THE ENVIRONMENT AND RESPECTING WHAT IT HAS TO OFFER. WHAT BETTER WAY TO EXPERIENCE THE WORLD THAN TO TRAVEL AND SEE IT ALL UP CLOSE?
YOUR DONATION WILL GO TOWARDS DEVELOPING A MORE VERSATILE STUDENT WHO WILL BETTER UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND HER AND PROMOTE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. YOUR MONEY WILL AID IN HELPING A STUDENT WHO WANTS TO LEARN PORTUGESE, WHO WANTS TO STUDY THE ENVIRONMENT, AND WHO WANTS TO GAIN A NEW APPRECIATION FOR WHAT GOES ON OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY.
PLEASE SUPPORT BY PURCHASING A HAND-MADE SKETCH OF A UNIQUE SOUTH AMERICAN ANIMAL. THE PHOTO THE ART IS CREATED FROM IS CREDITED. HERE ARE SAMPLES OF MY WORK:
ALL DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED!
Please visit IYLI’s website for more information about the organization: www.iyli.org
To donate via PayPal online, go to:
Iyli.org, and click on the “Donate” button. Please put “JazmynBrazil 2013″ when making the donation.
Thank you for your contribution!
If you would like to purchase a sketch or have any questions about IYLI, please feel free to contact me at: email@example.com
I will be taking requests in April for any other South American animals you would like to see on the webpage that are not already there. I will also be taking special requests if you have a friend, family member, or pet you would like drawn in return for an additional donation. Just send a photo of him/her to the email above.
Thanks again for your support!