I hope this fund will help students find and affirm the voices of people everywhere who fight for freedom, justice and equality for themselves and their peopleMs. Charlayne Hunter-Gault
The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism awarded IVolunteer International the “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” grant to support the Writers’ Council Fellowship. The grant will support the Writers’ Council program to empower future young leaders to represent their local communities and to shed a light on local issues for justice, progress, activism, and increased quality of life.
In late 2019, IVolunteer International launched the “Writers Council Fellowship” with the objective of training young activists and leaders from around the world to spotlight local issues. Participants are recruited for a period of 6-months and are provided with training on WordPress, SEO management, and other reporting basics and ethics. The virtual infrastructure of the program enables IVolunteer International to recruit young leaders from every corner of the world from all walks of life who are actively engaged in their communities through grass-root movements and public service organizations. The program also provides the participants monthly professional development seminars, presented by industry experts.
Participants of the Writers’ Council Fellowship author and publish research and opinion pieces to the IVolunteer International blog covering a variety of topics to shed a light on local issues that are not usually addressed in national and international media, giving a “Voice to the Voiceless.” The topics include advocacy, capacity development, human rights and security, sustainable development goals, women and youth, youth engagement, and volunteer stories. Since 2019, over 100 articles have been published and over 30 young leaders have graduated from the program. Each month, these articles attract over 3,000 readers from around the world.
The “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” endowment was established at the University of Georgia by Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Ron Gault to inspire and support students in projects that give voice to the voiceless, the charting light of the life and work of Charlayne Hunter-Gault. This fund provides grants to students from all disciplines across the university. It is fueled by the spirit of Charlayne’s career as a journalist and her journeys to the horizon that intellectually and geographically give voice, in Charlayne’s own words, “to people whose voices are needed—to help them realize their dreams for themselves and their communities, to help contribute to human understanding, and to enlarge our capacity for empathy.”
For more information about the fund, visit the University of Georgia official website.
About IVolunteer International
IVolunteer International is a 501(c)3 tech-nonprofit organization registered in Savannah, Georgia. It is a Platinum Seal nonprofit organization on Guidestar and a Top Rated Nonprofit on Greatnonprofits. In 2019 and 2020, IVolunteer International was awarded finalist for the “Peace Through Trade Competition” by World Trade Center Savannah. IVolunteer International is also a member of Volunteer Groups Alliance, a global coalition of organizations that contribute to sustainable development through volunteering. IVolunteer International is also a Civil Society Associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications. Access the Media Kit here. Website: www.ivint.org. For more information contact Nipuna Ambanpola on [email protected]