Essay The Youth Media Advocacy Project
As a participant, I was deployed into a high school to serve as a mentor to students and assist them in uncovering an issue within their school that they felt passionately about changing. Together, the students and I gained support and developed a strategic plan to raise awareness. In the process, we became leaders and agents of change.
With the Presidential Scholarship for the “Around the World” voyage, I intend to build upon my experience with YMAP by replicating a similar mentoring and advocacy relationship between Semester at Sea students and children in Myanmar. I will also use video and audio to document the process. After the voyage, I will edit the footage and submit it for consideration to be presented at my university’s annual Scholarship Day.
I have selected Myanmar (Burma) to be the center of my research and efforts because of the severity of the need to improve education. Burma has a tumultuous and convoluted political history, filled with unrest, oppression, and the violation of human rights. According to BBC, “from 1962 to 2011, the country was ruled by a military junta that suppressed almost all dissent…