A Belizean woman is showing that finding a way to give back to your community is good for others, and good for you.
Joey Garcia is a writer who lives in Sacramento, California. She created Rise Up Belize! in 2004, after traveling to Belize City for a family funeral.
Garcia was born in Belize and feels that the organization allows her to maintain a close relationship with her original homeland.
Each year, Rise Up Belize! selects ten high school girls from Sacramento to take part in an intensive leadership program. Over three to six months the students learn how to develop curricula, manage classrooms, raise funds and run a nonprofit organization. They also study cultural sensitivity and presentation skills.
Here is Garcia talking about the work of her organization
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Story curated from The Borgen Project