Walkers brave weather to support literacy and education in Ebola intervention strategies

Rutgers University community members braved the threat of rain to make the 2014 event a success
Rutgers University community members braved the threat of rain to make the 2014 event a success

A coalition of Rutgers students, faculty, alumni and New Brunswick community members braved the inclement weather on Saturday, October 11th to make the G.O.Y.A Project’s 2014 “Walk for Literacy and Health” a success by drawing attention to several key policy issues: from the need for early intervention to expose children to literacy materials to the role of education in rebuilding societies after natural disasters (such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti) and how literacy and health go hand in hand (as per the struggle to control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa).

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As the walkers passed through the city they gave out gift bags with books and literacy games to the children they met

The walk was staged between the Rutgers Douglass Campus to the College Avenue Campus passing through the heart of the city of New Brunswick.

Before the start of the walk, however, as organizers gathered mid-morning, preparing to start everyone walking by mid-day, earlier bad weather looked as if it would continue the rains which persisted through much of the previous night. But a refreshing breeze came through around 11 a.m. and the trickle of walkers increased.

Walkers-registering“We really wondered if our motto of ‘rain or shine’ would do us in, but by 11 a.m. in just half an hour we distributed about 70+ t-shirts, especially as several organizations came out with teams,” said Jenelle Ramdeen, a member of the coordinating committee.

Speakers: Professor Denniston Bonadie, Rutgers Africana Studies Department and Dr. Mafudia Suaray, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Speakers: Professor Denniston Bonadie, Rutgers Africana Studies Department and Dr. Mafudia Suaray, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

While this year’s walk continued to support literacy programs within the city of New Brunswick and a continued outreach to aid children in the island of Haiti, a special health focus was highlighted via the “Stop Ebola” campaign.

The speaker on the health issue was Dr. Mafudia Suaray, who grew up in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She started her college education at the country’s only medical school in the shadows of  Sierra Leone’s brutal  11 year civil war. Under threat of their lives, her family was forced to flee Sierra Leone in 1997. Nearly two decades later she now specializes in Family Medicine and Community Health and works as an Instructor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Continue reading

Register for the 2014 Walk for Literacy and Health

10/11   UPDATE. We are a go!!!!!!!!

RAIN or SHINE!!!! We are walking for Literacy & Health!

Taking Responsibility, Taking Action2014_walk_for_literacy_and_health_posterSign-in: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.; Walkers Depart : 11:30 a.m.

Start: Douglass Campus Center Plaza
(The corner of Nichol Avenue and George Street [DIRECTIONS])

End: Community Fair at the Rutgers Student Center, CAC

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Call for Posters: Annual Global Health Fair

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in collaboration with the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, invites all Rutgers faculty and students to submit posters (by October 26) for the annual Global Health Fair, which takes place on December 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. [Poster guidlines Click here; Poster template Click here; Poster example: Danka Paulo and Tara Iyer (USA)] Learn more here.

First Meeting!

Tonight and monday join us for our general body meetings at Scott Hall Rm 115 9:30pm. We are diving into the semester with multiple events and service efforts. See you there!

Update: In our first meeting we interacted with new members and drafted potential programs to organize this semester.  We’re tackling health and wellness education, high school outreach, and immigration and community issues. Please join us and take a stand as we execute these throughout the semester.

Welcome Back! We’re Ready For A Great Year.

Youth Activism

MISSION

Rutgers College students founded the G.O.Y.A Project for the express purpose of teaching other students the value of service to others through volunteer projects that have both local and international impact. We challenge ourselves to live up to the perspective that volunteer work is both a practical and an intellectual opportunity to think about other people and to work with and for other people.

The purpose of G.O.Y.A is to act as a vehicle for the Rutgers student body to address the issues of education, health, poverty and inequality on a local, regional, and international level. Within that framework, The GOYA Project will maintain an emphasis on literacy and education.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Help at Our Holiday Party for Community Kids!

This Friday December 13th the GOYA Project plans to throw a holiday party for the children of Youth Empowerment Services (YES), an after school program for the children of New Brunswick, and we need volunteers!

WHEN: Friday December 13th 2013

TIME: 4:30-5:30pm (please be on time as the event only lasts an hour!)

WHERE: Youth Empowerment Services, 270 George St New Brunswick, NJ (One block after Rockoff Hall)

WHAT WE NEED: Activities for the children vary, so we need people for a few different things.

NB_Library_2010_Holiday_Party-wrapping_books-300x225Gift Wrappers: We are going to be gift wrapping books for the children to take home for themselves and to give as gifts for friends and neighbors in their community, so we need volunteers who can neatly wrap books.

Face Painting: One of the activities we wish to do is face painting, so we need a volunteer who can paint simple designs on the children’s faces.

Arts&Crafts: We’re going to have a coloring/craft station for the kids to design simple Christmas ornaments and Christmas cards to take home and hang on their tree or in their window. Volunteers are needed to assist the children in doing this.

Henna tattoos: This inclusion of this activity at the event depends on if any of our volunteers know how to do simple henna designs. If so, please inform us as soon as possible!

Cultural Holiday Celebrations (presentation): To make this event educational as well as fun, we wish to include a short (15 minute) interactive presentation on holiday celebrations from different cultures (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa). For this activity volunteers are needed to present and engage the audience using visual aids.

Before the event all volunteers and members of GOYA who wish to participate need to meet up for an hour or two Monday Dec 9th at 8pm at Alexander Library (College Ave) AND Thursday Dec 12th to go over individual responsibilities. All those interested please send an email to Elsa at elsabean@eden.rutgers.edu with your phone number/contact info at your earliest convenience.

Thank you!

-The GOYA Project

Hundreds of kids celebrate the 10th Annual Monster Mash with GOYA Project

This past Friday October 25th, the GOYA Project participated in the 10th Annual Monster Mash at Rutgers University. Monster Mash is a safe alternative trick-or-treating event for elementary school children from New Brunswick, Piscataway, Highland Park, and other surrounding areas. Along with giving out candy, Monster Mash is an opportunity for student organizations at Rutgers to promote their cause and give back to the community. Hundreds of student organizations set up tables with activities and give aways for the kids, and GOYA was no different. This year our table was a coloring and construction station where children could cut, glue, and color tombstones any way they wanted. Needless to say, things got pretty messy!

Supplies for Monster Mash
Supplies for Monster Mash

Student volunteers worked on assisting the children with their activities and keeping things under control throughout the day. We also gave out handbooks to the parents of toddlers and first graders that emphasized the importance of reading at a young age. The children had a great time expressing their artistic ability and eating candy, and the volunteers had a great time putting smiles on their faces!

Kids at Monster Mash design their own tombstones
Kids at Monster Mash design their own tombstones

We’d like to thank Sam and Massah for helping set up everything so well!

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