BOR – Back to Our Roots

A Journey of Cultural Discovery - Back to Our Roots:

AYCO Empowering African Immigrant Students Through Cultural Exploration

Imagine a group of young African immigrant students, their eyes wide with wonder and curiosity, embarking on a transformative journey to their ancestral lands. This is not merely a trip; it is an exploration of roots, an immersion into a rich tapestry of traditions, and a profound connection to a heritage that has shaped their identities.

These students, hailing from diverse corners of the African continent, carry within them a wealth of experiences and perspectives. Yet, their shared identity as African immigrants binds them together, creating a unique bond that transcends geographical and cultural boundaries.

The Significance of Cultural Exploration

For these young minds, a cultural trip to Africa represents more than just a sightseeing adventure. It is an opportunity to:

  • Unearth their ancestral heritage: Delving into the vibrant history, customs, and traditions of their forefathers allows them to trace their roots and gain a deeper understanding of their cultural identity.
  • Embrace diversity and unity: Africa is a continent of immense diversity, teeming with a multitude of ethnic groups, languages, and traditions. By experiencing this diversity firsthand, students develop an appreciation for the richness of their heritage and the interconnectedness of their people.
  • Foster a sense of belonging: Immersing themselves in the warmth and camaraderie of their ancestral communities instills a sense of belonging and acceptance, nurturing their self-esteem and confidence.
  • Ignite a passion for learning: The cultural vibrancy of Africa serves as a catalyst for intellectual curiosity, inspiring students to delve deeper into their heritage and explore the vast knowledge it holds.

The Power of Your Contribution

Your generous contribution to this cultural trip will not only empower these students but also enrich the tapestry of our society. By investing in their cultural exploration, you are investing in their future, their success, and their ability to become pillars of our community.

Imagine the impact your contribution can make:

  • The spark in their eyes as they witness the grandeur of villages and the serenity of sprawling savannas.
  • The pride they radiate as they participate in traditional ceremonies and engage with their ancestral communities and learning institutions 
  • The newfound confidence they exude as they share their cultural insights with others, fostering cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.

Your contribution, no matter how big or small, will make a world of difference in the lives of these students.

Join us on this transformative journey as we empower African immigrant students to embrace their heritage, cultivate a global perspective, and become the leaders of tomorrow.

Together, we can make a lasting impact on their lives and the world around us.

Back to Our Roots Application Form

Back to Our Roots aims to create a lasting legacy, resonating in the lives of participating students and contributing to positive change in their communities and beyond.

Form Due: 01/20/24
Duration: 3 weeks
Age Requirement: 16-24

  • Passport must be 6 months or older
  • Good academic & behavioral standing