Founded in 2009 by volunteers with a grant from the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, the Global Village Project is an innovative special purpose school for refugee girls and young women with interrupted schooling. Our mission is to develop a strong educational foundation for each student within a caring community using a strengths-based approach and intensive instruction in English language and literacy, academic subjects, and the arts.
Our most important measure of organizational success is the number of students that complete our program and continue their education in high school or through a GED program. Currently, over 90% of students who completed our program in 2012 and 2013 are enrolled in a public or private high school program, GED program, or college. Bertha, 18, is a shining example of this group and their achievements. A refugee whose family originally came from Burundi, Bertha completed our program in 2012. While most of our exiting students enter public high school, Bertha, a diligent worker, was eager to accelerate her high school studies. Her GVP mentor found a small school, St. Nicholas Academy in Atlanta that offered her a scholarship and allowed her to do independent study. Now a senior, Bertha was just accepted to Berry College, where she will study nursing. This May, GVP will honor eight of its former students who are graduating from high school this year. The majority of them will be attending college next year, joining two GVP alumnae now actively pursuing college degrees in science and engineering.