We are breaking down culture barriers. Our program promotes cultural awareness between students in Charlotte and West Africa. We also partner with The Park Church to impact future leaders of the community. Read more about how we are impacting students in Charlotte through the Penpal and Community Sponsorship programs.
The Pen-pal program establishes a “pen-pal” relationship between students of Prosper U at First Church, Charlotte, and the students of the Annie T. Doe Academy in Liberia, West Africa. The PU volunteers help the students write letters, draw, take pictures and record videos introducing themselves to the students of the Annie T. Doe Academy. The students of the Academy undertake a similar exercise. The Pen Pal partnership is designed to:
- Connect children to peers who live in a different part of the world and provide them with a broader world and cultural perspective.
- Enable a Christian based cultural exchange among students who have distinctly different cultures, live in very different environments and who have access to a vastly different set of resources.
- Challenge students to find commonalities with others who on the surface, may seem very different than them or their friends
- Encourage students to understand the feelings and heart of others and search for empathy, compassion, admiration, kindness and respect in people from different walks of life.
- Reinforce the Christian principles of love and gratitude in the hearts of Prosper U students when they observe the impact of opportunities they received at birth compared to the Academy students and their families in Liberia.
- Improve student writing and reading skills and promote creativity and storytelling through letter writing and correspondence among student pen pals
Community Sponsorship Program
As part of the foundation’s commitment to serve the Charlotte, North Carolina community, the Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation provides financial assistance to graduating high school students in the Charlotte community who plan to continue their education beyond the 12th grade. Recipients are selected by participating in an Essay Contest where they share stories about the who and/or what behind their inspiration.