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N IO T A M R O F S N A R T L GLOBA THROUGH WOMEN’S EDUCATION HERE, EIGHT OAD SCHOLARS SHARE THEIR STORIES. Your collective voice is loud and you can get involved by spreading awareness and joining the conversation. Rally support at your college to include an OAD scholar at your school. Our best supporters, just like you, host drives for clothing, computers and frequent flyer miles, and fundraise, volunteer and intern.

Malika Ghafour Afghanistan, Oberlin College, Class of 2017 HER STORY: Malika is a sophomore at Oberlin. She was selected as a Bonner scholar because of her commitment to public service. She is considering a major in Economics and a minor in Arts, and is an America Reads tutor, where she helps public school children develop reading and writing skills. HER WORDS: “I am very fortunate; my mentor and the group I call aunties provide me with lots of great support. They are a huge emotional support for me. Whenever I feel down or homesick, I call my mentor and she makes sure I feel better.”

Sandrine Uwisanze Rwanda, Muhlenberg College, Class of 2018 HER STORY: After spending three years in a refugee camp, Sandrine returned to Rwanda with her mother and cousin. As a representative for Nike Girl Hub, she has researched the barriers to education for girls in Rwanda. She has a passion for public health, and is majoring in Biology with a minor in Women’s Studies. HER WORDS: “I will apply my knowledge and experience from the U.S. in Rwanda to affect health care. I was empowered by OAD’s powerful women, who made me confident and strong. I want to inspire other women in return.”

BAY AREA NONPROFIT EMPOWERS LEADERS FOR CHANGE IN POST-CONFLICT COUNTRIES Open A Door (OAD) believes that educating women from the world’s most disadvantaged places can change the course of history. OAD’s mission is to become a powerful force in building female leadership in post-conflict countries. They connect smart, ambitious young women with a team of U.S. female mentors to help them win U.S. college scholarships and return home as change agents. They have helped 20 female scholars come from Rwanda and Afghanistan, where some were orphans, refugees, and house slaves. Now, they have earned full scholarships at top schools like Smith, Harvard, Lafayette, Haverford, Whitman, Bennington, and Bucknell.

REAL Youth Culture Magazine Issue 2  

Misha Collins of Super Natural: Love + Persistence, Joseph Morgan of The Originals: Passion for Social Good + Animals, Millennium Movers + S...

REAL Youth Culture Magazine Issue 2  

Misha Collins of Super Natural: Love + Persistence, Joseph Morgan of The Originals: Passion for Social Good + Animals, Millennium Movers + S...