Many of us use the New Year as a good time to set some goals and get going on bettering ourselves. Imagine Scholar, Samkeliswe, or Sami, continues to demonstrate that "go get 'em" spirit everyday, inspiring all who hear her story.
For those new to Sunrise, Imagine Scholar is a highly intensive youth development and education program operating in an underdeveloped region of South Africa. Through an rigourous nine month application process, Imagine Scholars find the brightest, curious, high achieving youth who--given the right opportunities--will one day change the face of South Africa.
Founder and executive director, Cory Johnson, visited with Sunrise Rotary on Wednesday, providing us with an update on our sponsored student, Sami, as well as the Imagine Scholar program as a whole.
Sami is now 14, and continues to excel in learning and leadership. She developed and is now implementing a reading program for younger children that is growing and achieving great success. She is not only teaching children how to read, but is also getting books for them, a huge task in the rural areas of South Africa. Sami continues to dream of becoming a pediatrician, but now wants to be a pediatrician who teaches reading too!
As the Imagine Scholars program continues to grow, now with 8-10 full time staff, Cory has launched an advocate/intern program. These new programs offer upper level college students, retired people, and just about anyone with the desire to help opportunities to fundraise, recruit other advocates, and even travel to South Africa to assist in programming at the Imagine Scholars facility.
Change in South Africa can only happen from within, and Imagine Scholars is creating the leaders of South Africa's tomorrow. For more information, or to contribute to Imagine Scholars, please visit their website .