Ashinaga USA held its second annual Orientation Camp

September 1, 2017 — Ashinaga USA completed its second annual Orientation Camp for new scholars studying in the US as part of the Ashinaga Africa Initiative. The Camp was held in New York, NY from August 10th to 15th. 10 scholars attended, including 5 new scholars from 5 different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Staff members and volunteers also joined in the program, which was meant to introduce the new scholars to American culture, prepare the scholars for university, and to promote leadership among our scholars. In the process, and now with 16 scholars studying in the US and Canada, the Ashinaga USA family grew bigger and closer.

IMG_0499During the Camp, scholars had the opportunity to participate in workshops hosted by Ashinaga USA supporters and members of the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. Kathleen Durham, KT member, and Lenelle Moise, a poet, hosted leadership and creative workshops in Hyde Park at the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Center. Scholars also had a Q&A session with Dr. William Easterly, KT member and Professor of Economics at New York University, and Ms. Denice Babirye, a recent graduate from Harvard Law School, hosted at NYU. In addition, scholars received plenty of advice and guidance from current Ashinaga scholars, former interns, and staff members.

 

Overall, the 2017 Orientation Camp was a success and we are grateful to everyone involved and who continue to support our efforts!