Empowering Youth Through Travel is a Chicago based 501(c)3 charity whose mission is to empower urban teens through hands-on learning of current, worldly issues; developing global leaders equipped with the skills to enact positive change at home and abroad.
Our program is composed of two components: the Supplemental Learning Experience (SLE) and Overseas Integration (OI). We focus on a different country and global theme each year. This theme is not only apparent in our own communities, but around the world. Our 2011-2012 theme is sustainability and the country we will travel to is Costa Rica. A curriculum has been developed which includes topics such as Biomicry, sustainable farming, composting, and geo-engineering. You may learn more about our programs curriculum here.
Through the SLE and OI, students participate in community service at home and abroad. We will partner with non-governmental organizations and institutions involved with and connected to our central theme. This provides our students with a real world, holistic application of the SLE.
We Seek To:
ENLIGHTEN our students through hands on learning of current issues at home and abroad.
DEVELOP future leaders who are aware of the issues plaguing our country and those overseas; providing them with the knowledge and tools to enact positive change.
FOSTER worldly citizens, who will gain an understanding and tolerance of diverse groups of people from various cultures, religions, races, and creeds.