The MRULE-ICA program works to build continued partnerships, so relationships can grow alongside our service. With partnerships over time we can achieve relationships with dialogue, mutuality, and confidence to communicate the genuine needs of a community. MRULE has partnerships from the local to global level.
GLOBAL YOUTH FOR EDUCATION AND CHANGE, STUDENT ORGANIZATION
East Lansing, MI
With a mission to connect youth around the world to each other and to their purpose, GYEC offers international internships to U.S.-based college and university students. GYEC also works intentionally with all of its partners, whether in Detroit or Zonkizizwe, to share knowledge and build skills that help advance the mission and amplify the impact of each of their partner organizations. In addition, GYEC has a chapter at MSU that helps to develop the potential of Spartans to serve humanity.
For more information about GYEC and the MSU chapter, contact Jeanne Gazel.
The MRULE program began a partnership with Neighbors Building Brightmoor in 2011 and since then have participated in several service projects alongside neighbors from cleaning, building and maintaining community and youth gardens and boarding up empty homes to mitigate effects of blight. We visit 2 times per year and this has led to relationships with NBB that invites students to participate on their own when their availability allows. Global Youth for Education and Change, (GYEC) a local non-profit has partnered with the MRULE program to offer students opportunities to fund raise for local projects. This led to the building of a garden pavilion and rainwater catchment in 2013. Our most recent visit involved accompanying local neighbors in repurposing a small dump site into a garden for senior citizens who live down the block in senior housing.
MRULE/ICA has supported Village Summit since its inception in 2010. We have helped with after-school youth center’s community garden, children and youth tutoring services, and facilities clean up.
We began our partnership with Allen Street Neighborhood center in 2014 by providing weekly service in the Hunter Garden Park for Community Supported Agriculture and other neighborhood initiatives.
VUMUNDZUKU-BYA VANA/OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE (VVOCF), NON PROFIT
ZONKIZIZWE, SOUTH AFRICA
With a mission to help orphans and vulnerable children and youth in Zonkizizwe thrive, VVOCF provides after-school activities (e.g., arts, cultural, recreational, academic) and hot meals to children and youth every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
The center also conducts regular home visits to ensure the safety and well-being of the children and youth it serves. Through VVOCF’s initiative to promote community health and safety, the organization provides psychosocial support and peer education courses. The peer education courses include violence prevention, gender equality, and HIV programs that engage youth in the community as leaders.
With the support of MSU students through the Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience (MRULE) and an MSU study abroad program focused on race relations in South Africa, VVOCF opened its doors in 2007 and has sustained impact for the last 10 years.