The Youth Hope Organization (YHO) is an Ann Arbor non-profit dedicated to volunteering within the university campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, throughout the greater community of Michigan, and most importantly, overseas. Youth Hope is a grass-roots organization, established in April 2007 by four college students who had a vision of providing underprivileged Chinese children,especially orphans and those whose families cannot afford to care for them, with the much-needed educational materials and medical care. One of our primary goals for the summer of 2008 is to send a team of students to China to do service and gain a better understanding of the children who are directly or indirectly affected by HIV/AIDS; as a result, these children may lose their relatives and be left vulnerable in an environment that had previously isolated them. We hope that our presence and mentorship will help the children develop a sense of self-confidence and empowerment to gradually overcome the stigma associated with the illness.
YHO is seeking to work with an organization based in China which brings together people dedicated to service and have a passion for working for children’s rights and the equality of healthcare and education. In the past few months, we have been searching for different organizations to collaborate with for the summer of 2008. As of October 2007, we will most likely be collaborating with an organization, which may or may not be an orphanage, which deals with children affected by HIV/AIDS. Although some of these children are not directly affected, they are socially ostracized because of the great stigma associated with the illness. Unfortunately, these children have no where to go when their
relatives, afflicted by the illness, pass away. With no support system, they are thus left to care for themselves and hope that state assistance will arrive soon.
We will work at the site everyday, and act as positive role models and a general support group. Additionally, we will teach them core academic skills, but most importantly, gradually guide them to gain a sense of self-confidence and empowerment. As YHO builds its image as an organization focused on service directed toward disadvantaged youth, we hope to expand and work with other organizations and countries.
Check out our website for more info- umich.edu/~youthop