Welcome to my Nyah Project Fellows Page!
“I bleed orange”. This is a phrase that goes hand and hand with the Syracuse University experience. This fall I’ll be attending Syracuse University on a full-tuition scholarship thanks to the POSSE program. All my years at Pace, I’ve always been involved on campus. Whether it’s getting ready for our next theatre production or leading our school as Student Body President. I’ve always found a way to get involved in the opportunities and extracurriculars Pace had to offer. As I started reaching the end of my high school career, I realized just how much I’d done. It wasn’t that Pace didn’t have enough opportunities for me but that I had already done more than some students do in four years. I had to broaden my horizon. Having a faith-based education always pushed me to look beyond. What could I do that elevated me to new heights? What could I that would evolve my character into a person I’d be proud of? Then I found it.
This past summer, I had the once in a lifetime experience to travel to Ghana all expenses paid with the Nyah Project. They provide fellowship experiences abroad to South Florida High school students because they believe, “travel awakens leaders”.Without Nyah Project, I wouldn’t have had my first paid internship with Radical Partners nor would I have had the chance to win the POSSE scholarship. I was the first Pace Spartan to win the fellowship and now I’m the Alumni President of the organization. This school year, I’ve been assisting with recruitment and community outreach. My goal was to make sure more students had access to this opportunity. Thankfully another Spartan has received the same opportunity I did. I know first hand how transformative this fellowship can be and this year I have been given the opportunity to travel with the Nyah Project again. Normally, past fellows aren’t invited to travel again with the organization after they’ve already attended. However, I have been offered the opportunity to travel with them again this summer as a peer facilitator, but this time I would have to cover my travel expenses which total $1,500. I wouldn’t advocate for if I didn’t feel strongly about it. My travel experience has shown me what’s possible. But not by passivity, but rather through saying Akwaaba, meaning welcome in Ghana, Africa. Akwaaba to vulnerability, kindness, to looking at society in the eye, and letting them see me for me. The deadline to make the $ 1,500 payment is May 31st. Please assist me with reaching my goal. Any contributions would be greatly appreciated and would contribute to further nurture my leadership potential. Any contributions that exceed the $1,500 will go towards college expenses for Syracuse. Blessings to you all.
All The Best,
David Anthony Barbier Jr
Monsignor Edward Pace HS
Class of 2019
Student Body President
National Honor Society President
Nyah Project 2018 Ghana Fellow
IN SWAHILI, NYAH MEANS PURPOSE.
We provide fellowships for diverse youth from underserved communities to experience worlds beyond them and discover their true purpose.
EACH YEAR WE SELECT A TALENTED COHORT OF DIVERSE TEENS FROM UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES AS NYAH PROJECT FELLOWS.
We expose them to prominent leaders from the civic, business and professional community, both locally and abroad.
We provide intensive training in human factor leadership, social entrepreneurship, and experiential learning in amazing international destinations, including Ghana, Costa Rica, South Africa, Indonesia and Namibia.
This connection to new cultures through service and transformative experiences abroad allows the Nyah Project fellows to discover their true leadership potential.
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100% of online donations go towards awakening young leaders through travel and service abroad.