Last month I closed out the Developing Sports and Games Club Grant with the Peace Corps. This will be my last grant update as I will be closing my service in April. I am proud to say that grant goals and objectives were achieved! Before the Developing Sports and Games Club Grant, the youth of my village told me there is nowhere to hang out in town and they are bored. Now, thanks to the grant, many youth are benefitting from new programming at the youth center and the new youth vocational center, which has increased the capacity of its clubs and encouraged the formation of five new clubs: Library club, Informatics club, English club, Japanese club, and Music club. There are also over 25 new volunteers running these clubs.
The community has responded positively to the grant. They are appreciative of the new programming at the youth center and youth vocational center that helps to keep youth off the streets and engaging in unhealthy behavior. The youth center and youth vocational center are an important part of the community now and resource for youth.
Thank you grant donors!
As I mentioned in the Establishing a library blog post, the Director of the youth center, volunteers, and I decided to use the remaining funds of the grant to support the Library club in establishing a library.
Most of the clubs from the youth center have decided to hold activities at the new youth vocational center, a spacious, new building which opened in the center of town in September 2016.
The most popular club is the English club, which was created by my counterpart Youssef. Last year I trained him on class and behavior management, unit and lesson planning, and organizing activities and events and now I am so proud to say he is leading the English club.
Every week, Youssef, my other counterpart Mustapha, and Rime and Auroi (two other English students at Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakesh) teach English classes for middle school to university students. It’s great practice for their future careers as teachers. I am supporting them by attending classes, encouraging them, giving feedback, and sharing resources.
The new Peace Corps volunteer in my site, Liz, and I will hopefully organize some American culture activities like presentations on American holidays, American games, etc with the English club after university exams in January.
In addition to the English club, the Informatics club, Japanese club, and Music club also have weekly classes. The Japanese club was created by Mustapha, who studied Japanese at Cadi Ayyad University. I attended a couple of classes and loved his enthusiasm.
This fall the Sports club and the Library club, which has expanded into the Library club and board game club, also organized tournaments during the Green March day, Moroccan Independence day, and school vacation. I hope all clubs continue to be active through the winter and spring!
The director of the youth center, director of the youth vocational center, and other dedicated volunteers will ensure the sustainability of the project. They will enforce the rules for use of the materials/supplies and equipment and mentor and coach the clubs and new clubs on how to recruit, make announcements, set goals and objectives, run effective group meetings, and organize activities and events.
So far both directors and other dedicated volunteers are doing a great job! The clubs are successfully teaching classes and organizing activities and events where youth are learning new skills beyond life skills and leadership and healthy lifestyles, which were the goals and objectives of the Developing Sports and Games Clubs Grant. The new Peace Corps volunteer at my site, Liz, will hopefully mentor and coach the clubs at the youth center and youth vocational center during her service.
Thank you again donors! As you can see, the grant has made a huge impact on the entire community, especially the youth.