President Obama has encouraged America’s students to reach out and offer service to their communities, thus developing the habits of civic participation, responsibility, and service that are essential to American democratic life. The GOYA Project challenges all our fellow students to simply get involved, somehow, somewhere.
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.
From Fall 2000 to Spring 2002 a group of students began working with Professors Olubayi Olubayi and Denniston Bonadie of the Rutgers Africana Studies Department to collect books and literacy supplies for dozens of rural schools in Kenya, East Africa. They first helped to collect 17,000 books and raised funds to ship them in 2000. Between 2001–2002 they helped collect another 70,000 book which were shipped in February 2002. A group of the volunteers then decided to visit Kenya in the summer of 2003 where they volunteered in a number of schools and community centers which had received the donated books.
In the meanwhile, many of those same volunteers were working on raising local New Jersey awareness around issues of homelessness, domestic violence and access to basic health care. Inspired by Reshma Roshania of “RU w/the Homeless,” Sivan Yosef, Arpan Dasgupta and Renee Mcanney co-founded the Rutgers student organization, the G.O.Y.A Project, around the idea of an on-campus group developing activism and leadership with Professor Olubayi and then Professor Bonadie as faculty advisers.
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.
The GOYA Project is always looking for students and groups with innovative project ideas to get involved with. Furthermore, GOYA prides itself as being an intimate club that works closely with members to conduct programs in any topic that they might be interested in.
Teaching the value of service to others through volunteer projects reaching from the local to the global.
The G.O.Y.A. Project
Student Activities Center
613 George Street
Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
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. We encourage ideas that foster intercultural awareness as well as practical projects to assist families and communities.