Fulton County Commission Chairman John H. Eaves, District 1, At-Large is leading 22 Fulton County students on an adventure that will teach them about the Global Economy and its current challenges.
Chairman Eaves and the members of the Global Youth Leadership Program left Monday on a 10-day trip to Brazil that will include stays with host families, visits to Salvador, Recife and Itamaraca Island.
The tour of two Brazilian states seeks to familiarize students with the economy, international business climate, arts, language and culture of Brazil. During the tour, students will visit the Steve Biko Institute, which is designed to help black Brazilians pass the country’s tough university entrance exam. Many black Brazilians need assistance because they attend “poor quality” state primary and secondary schools. The Biko institute offers affordable courses to prepare black students for the test.
Additionally, the group will visit C.E.R.T.O. – The Rehabilitation and Occupational Training Office or Department. (Centro Evangelico De Reabilitacao E Treinamento Ocupacional), which assists people with disabilities.
Chairman Eaves organized the FCGYLP to encourage and challenge Fulton County youth to broaden their horizons by understanding the world from a wide range of vantage points. Youth selected for the program are not only chosen based upon academic merit, but commitment to their communities.
Since its inception, the FCGYLP has won the Governor’s International Leadership Award from the National Association of Counties. The trip to Brazil continues an economic and cultural partnership formed by Chairman Eaves with Brazilian leaders. Prior to the upcoming trip to Brazil, Youth Ambassadors have traveled to China, Turkey, Germany and South Africa.
To participate in the program applicants must be at least a high school sophomore, attend Fulton County, Atlanta public, or private schools and they must be residents of Fulton County. Students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA as well as a “B” average in foreign language, provide copies of transcripts and obtain letters of recommendation. Students who wish to become members of FCGYLP must also commit to 24 months, which include one meeting per week, Saturday events, volunteering boot camps and international travel.
For more information, call Jeoson John Thomas Interim FCGYLP Coordinator at 404-613-1020.