After re-opening the application window for the Heart of Gold 2020 Nepal trip we received several additional applications and now have a roster of sixteen teens heading to Nepal. We are so excited to have four teens returning for a second trip; returning teens will take part in a five day trek with Team Leaders Amy Weisz and Noelle Adamo. The trek, led by SASANE, one of our partner NGO's in Nepal, supports rural villagers from areas that are prone to trafficking.
At our December meeting the Board of Directors agreed to hire an "independent contractor" to offer administrative and programming support for the Maya Gold Foundation. We recognized the need for this part time assistance in order to continue to grow, secure additional revenue, and offer programming. The position and application is online now; interested individuals may apply online.
Each year we work to produce an Annual Report for our donors, grantees, subscribers, and other interested individuals. The report provides the highlights of our work for the year, with comments from our program participants. We encourage you to take a look and find out what we have been doing.
Alicia Connelly, a SUNY New Paltz junior majoring in Digital Media Production, will be working with us this spring to capture and edit video content. She will be attending our meetings and trainings this spring and producing short clips for our various social media platforms. In addition, during the Nepal trip, Alicia will be receiving content each day and producing highlight videos for posting online. "This internship will help me gain and refine my skills in the area, as well as allow me to help my community, which I did a lot of in high school, but since starting college have been unable to continue. I am looking forward to to working with the Foundation," commented Alicia. Alicia will be a key part of the Heart of Gold Adventures 2020 trip as our New Paltz support team while we are in Nepal.
Caisi Hecht comes to us from Marist College. Caisi is a senior studying psychology and contacted us to gain hands-on experience working with youth. " I hope to hone my skills in community planning and educating youth on mental health during this internship," commented Caisi. Caisi is seeking experience working with adolescents in a leadership role, and wants to manage, plan and schedule programs and events. We are delighted to have her with us this semester!
Renee St. Germain is a SUNY New Paltz senior majoring in Digital Media Production. She will be our photographer for the spring semester, documenting our planning for the 2020 trip to Nepal, and producing still image content for our various social media platforms. Renee will be creating a library of digital content for us to use in the coming year, utilizing images she takes at our events and images we provide from Nepal. Renee told us that "I support the organization's core values. After becoming more familiar with the Foundation, I think that it's incredible that you are teaching young adults to believe in their dreams. I also think that it's great that young adults are able to experience a different culture through the Nepal program." Thank you for joining us Renee.
We are now rated as a Platinum Charity on the Guidestar platform.
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We have been awarded the "Top Rated Nonprofit" Designation by Great Nonprofits.
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At Maya’s funeral, her friend Ana told a story.
We used the story as the inspiration for name of this newsletter.
Ana's story is below.