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In May of 2017 I had the opportunity to intern at Africa Yoga Project (AYP), a non-profit organization in Nairobi, Kenya, as part of a study abroad program with Saint Lawrence University. AYP was founded in 2007 by Paige Elenson and seeks to “create opportunities for youth to step into their greatness and become self-sustaining leaders in their communities.” The program gives scholarships to young people in low-income areas or informal settlements across Africa to attend a two-week long yoga teacher training class. Following the class, the teachers become part of an academy in which they must teach 3-5 free classes each week within their communities to empower other young people as well. Since 2007, over 200 young people have been trained to teach yoga and now are earning a living wage. AYP has helped to reduce the high unemployment rates among young people in Africa, improved their mental and physical wellbeing, and given them the tools to become leaders within their communities. During my time at AYP, I worked on an application for a grant that would allow the organization to invest in technological advancements that could help them better assess their impact on the community. This presentation will highlight the goals and impacts of AYP as an organization and in particular my work on the grant application.

Africa Yoga Project Internship: A Grant for Resources