AMBASSADOR PROGRAM FOR NSF ALUMNI (NSF-APNA)
We are excited to formally announce the launch of the AMBASSADOR PROGRAM FOR NSF ALUMNI (NSF-APNA) this summer, a program that will allow Indian American high school and College students to volunteer in India during their summer break.
For the past 22 years, the North South Foundation has been working with Indian American youth in the US as well as with the underprivileged students in India, providing a specialized platform for academic success in both countries. In the US, we have conducted various educational contests and workshops in spelling, vocabulary, math, science, geography, essay writing, and public speaking. Our alumni have attained great heights in national bees in these categories, as well as game shows like Jeopardy. Additionally, we continue to go from strength to strength with our original mission of providing scholarships to the poor but bright children in India, by opening new chapters and increasing outreach there.
The NSF Ambassador Program for NSF Alumni or NSF-APNA is a wonderful bridge between the Indian diaspora and their home country. Today, there are over 10,000 NSF families and the number continues to grow every year. Many of the NSF alumni, who honed their academic skills with NSF since elementary school, are now in high school and beyond. These students often visit India during the summer break. They will now have an opportunity to utilize this time to volunteer with NSF–APNA program, help aspiring children there, by organizing a workshop in spelling, math or science.
How it works
The material and training for this program is developed at NSF, USA and is provided to the Youth Ambassadors. Additional help is available from local chapters in India to determine best venue/school based on proximity and other factors. To facilitate the program, NSF has established a formal arrangement with the JNV schools in India (see more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jawahar_Navodaya_Vidyalaya). With over 600 schools across India, the JNV attract mainly rural and some urban students through merit scholarships in 6th grade. These schools not only provide a good venue for our NSF scholarships, but also for the NSF- APNA program. In addition to conducting workshops, our Alumni have the unique opportunity to work as a liaison between the US and India chapters and provide publicity to our scholarship programs in India. So far this program has been well received in its pilot stage and we are happy to roll it out on a broader level for the benefit of thousands of Indian American youth, who visit India during summer.
How it helps
We expect the Youth Ambassador program, NSF-APNA to
- Develop teaching skills
- Enhance knowledge of and connection with their ancestral homeland
- Share their academic skills, especially with underprivileged students in India
- Hone character building traits
- Utilize their summer vacation in a fruitful manner by volunteering for a great cause
What our Youth Ambassadors are saying
Our Youth Ambassadors Anita Gade and Neil Gade (both NSF Spelling Bee alumni) conducted a spelling bee workshop in Andhra Pradesh during their travel to India in previous years. Anita worked with a municipal school, where the kids knew just Telugu and were mainly introduced to rules of spelling in English, how to refer to a dictionary, and other tools to learn English. Neil, on the other hand, conducted a spelling workshop with an English medium school. In his words, “I thought it was a very good experience. A lot of the kids used rote memorization as their main tool to learn spellings and while this was a school with better facilities, I don’t think they were used to the spelling rules…their skills improved dramatically after the workshop.”
How to apply
You can download the application from this link - APNA Application Form.
For additional info, please review the FAQ document - APNA FAQs.
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Questions? Please contact Venkat Gade at firstname.lastname@example.org.