SPARK a Change May 2015

As of 1 May, chapters have dedicated 16,408 hours, touched the lives of 13,417 people and raised $3,665.66 towards SPARK a Change since its launch in July 2014. These collective actions are impacting the lives of youth around the globe! (Chapter leaders, please remember to record your events on the Golden Key website promptly after the event so we can include your accomplishments in our monthly statistics.)

Follow SPARK a Change on social media. Each month, Headquarters will be posting a challenge and a contest for SPARK a Change. Be sure to follow Golden Key on Facebook and Twitter as well as SPARK on Instagram for articles on the benefits of volunteering and posts featuring great SPARK events. If you think your chapter has a great event, please email your event details and pictures to:

May Featured Service Project:

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This month, we’d like to highlight the GK chapter at Queensland University of Technology. They have created a partnership with Yeronga State High School where they send volunteers weekly to participate in classes and help students with their work in a number of subjects. Yeronga State High School is an award winning multicultural school, with a wider range of cultures than any other school in Brisbane. As a majority of students come from refugee backgrounds, Yeronga has implemented an ‘English as a Second Language and Dialect Program’. This program requires volunteers to deliver a helping hand in classrooms for one on one based tutoring with English Comprehension.

The Golden Key QUT Chapter has had the privilege to play an active role in participating, and raising awareness for the program, as the chapter’s ongoing initiative over the last few years. Head of Special Education Services, Jessica Walker, and Volunteer Coordinator Enija Neskovic, have been a welcome presence at QUT’s last two New Member Receptions, and were deservedly made Honorary Members last year. They hope to continue this partnership over the years to follow.

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