UKANDU Corps is an 8-week program for 12 to 16-year-olds to come together and create meaningful service initiatives to better their shared community.
At bi-monthly meetings, August - October, participants meet to hear from guest speakers, learn about service opportunities, collaborate, and ultimately perform a service initiative of their own.
UKANDU Corps (UC) is a logical extension of one of UKANDU’s core values – that leadership can come from everywhere. It is in our DNA – heck, it’s in our name! – to remind people that “You Can Do!” a lot in life, no matter your challenges. We also believe thinking outside of oneself and serving others boosts self-confidence. When we see our efforts have a positive impact on someone else’s life and on the world around us, pride and self-worth flourish.
Young people see the world in wonderfully unique ways. We believe bringing emerging leaders together to identify and address a need that they identify, not only makes a positive impact on our shared community, we know how empowering volunteer service can be. While Camp UKANDU and other UKANDU programs facilitate this growth and learning in critical ways, UKANDU Corps aims to draw on the powerful experience that of serving others. UC will bring together impassioned young people, aged 12-16, cultivating connection and understanding between peers with diverse backgrounds and unique lived experiences.
There will never be another first year of UKANDU Corps! We had 12 young leaders, and 4 committed volunteers, come together every other week in a combination of virtual and in-person meetings for a total of 8 meetings. Our young leaders heard from guest speakers, pondered the definition of "service" and "collaboration," and ultimately split into two cohorts to create and execute two service projects on issues that were important to them!
This cohort of young leaders identified challenges that the LGBTQIA+ community may face and wanted to create a space that was welcoming, accepting, and safe for all people. Weeks of hard work culminated in an hour-long 'Coming Out Panel' hosted by our young leaders and moderated by community mentor, Kashi Maya Tamang. The panel addressed questions such as "How do I come out?", "How can I support my friend coming out?", and "Why is coming out important?". The panel can be found on YouTube and will serve as an online resource!
This cohort wanted to show other young people in their community that there are easy and quick ways to help take better care of our planet! The young leaders planned, wrote, and filmed a video PSA on small changes they can make that will make a big impact on our planet; such as using less plastic, recycling, and spreading the word about sustainability! This PSA was then sent to four local schools to help other young leaders better understand the environmental impact of their everyday choices!
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All UKANDU programming is 100% free to participants. We rely on contributions from our generous donors to continue providing hope, joy, and connection to families impacted by childhood and adolescent cancer.
*As a 501(c)(3), UKANDU is a non-partisan organization and cannot take action on behalf of or in opposition to a political candidate or any specific legislation.