Michelle Mann (GYV 2012), travelled to Indonesia, last summer, as a participant in the Indonesia-US Youth Leadership Program, one of Legacy’s hands-on environmental action planning and leadership development programs. When she returned to her school in Illinois, she established “Project U&I”, to promote greater cultural and environmental awareness in the St. Charles area amongst teens and young adults.
Michelle made this amazing documentary to teach people about Indonesia, with student interviews, and exploring some misconceptions of Indonesian youth about American youth, as well as highlights during the trip to various environmental endeavors in Indonesia.
At her school, she prepared Indonesian food and taught some Indonesian dance. Working with student volunteers, she coordinated activities and presented to 3 different students clubs- National Honor Society, Daram Club and the Upward Bound Program. Michelle also recruited 4 adults to help with
cooking, printing, and location support as well as an Indonesian dance instructor.
“I am proud to say that the project as a whole was quite successful. I saw people repeating the Indonesian dance lesson for friends of theirs at school as well as speaking a bit of Bahasa. The advertisements resulted in a family coming that had lived in Indonesia for 10 years and “had been craving some home cooked nasi goreng.” Additionally, by spreading the word about IULX, three students at the Upward Bound program asked me for information on how to apply for more programs such as this. To this day, I still have people coming up to me saying “selamat pagi! Can I have some more nasi goreng?”
Read more about U.S. participants environmental activist projects as well as the Environmental activist projects of Indonesian participants.
Read about Christo’s “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” project, a trash management program with separation bins plus workshops on how to make saleable products from recycled materials.
The Indonesia-US Youth Leadership Program (I-US-YLP) is a two-way exchange that focuses on community activism to address local and regional environmental issues in the U.S. and Indonesia. I-US-YLP and highlights young people as our future leaders and as valuable contributors to their communities. The I-US-YLP initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs and implemented in partnership with the Center for Civic Education Indonesia (CCEI).