The World Youth Alliance Georgia State University (GSU) Chapter focuses on educating and advocating for the dignity of the person on Georgia State’s campus. Members participate in monthly community service projects as well as attend monthly meetings to gain a better understanding of WYA’s mission. The following provides a summary of achievements made by the GSU Chapter this school year.
In November, WYA GSU participated in Kate’s Club, a unique grief support organization in the Atlanta area that offers recreational, social and therapeutic activities for children. Our chapter members worked directly with the kids during their weekend program. We assisted the children with grief-related activities, monitoring and supervising groups of children, and with keeping the environment emotionally and physically safe.
In December, we participated in CRN’s Adopt a Child for Christmas campaign. The Children’s Restoration Network (CRN) strives to ensure a memorable and meaningful Christmas for over 3,000 homeless children in Metro Atlanta. We had the pleasure of “adopting” a two-year-old to whom we donated clothes, diapers, shoes, and a Walmart gift card. We plan on making this particular volunteer program a yearly commitment for our chapter.
In January, our community service project was to volunteer at Holt International. They use programs that strengthen and preserve families that are at risk of separation by providing critical care and support to orphaned and vulnerable children. Our role as volunteers was to help Holt International find sponsors for the children during the Annual Winter Jam Concert.
In February, WYA GSU participated in both Cafe 458 and Safehouse. Cafe 458 is through the organization’s Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency. Their mission is to empower homeless individuals to achieve economic self-sufficiency and their ultimate potential to thrive in life. Safehouse’s mission is to help transition people experiencing homelessness from the streets of Atlanta to self-sufficiency. At both organizations, we provided help by feeding the homeless people that seek food from them.
In March, we volunteered at My Sister’s House. My Sister’s House is an overnight shelter and residential discipleship that provides programs for homeless women, as well as for women with children. For this wonderful community service, we prepared and served food to approximately 250 women and children.
In April, we capped off the semester by conducting a successful Krispy Kreme Fundraiser. As we sold donuts, we were able to inform many students on the chapter’s activities and World Youth Alliance’s mission. We were able to raise over $110 from students who either purchased a donut or donated money to our cause.
The chapter looks forward to another series of accomplishments in the 2017-2018 school year.