“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." -Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
Andrew first found his passion for teaching by tutoring middle school students at the beginning of his high school career. His passion for teaching grew from there to a more comprehensive goal of meeting all of a students' needs. He came to understand, as Project Rousseau now tells its students and extended community, that academic problems rarely have academic causes. Beyond the classroom, he was eager to expose students to all of the knowledges, qualities, and skill sets- altruism and compassion for others, cultural awareness and exposure, self-confidence, study skills, etc. - that he feels are most important. Project Rousseau has grown out of these desires, and he continues to be inspired by the progress of our students.
Andrew holds degrees from Columbia University and Oxford University.
"I was so impressed by the all round approach Project Rousseau takes in helping individuals and feel particularly strongly that Broadening Horizons is key to our students' development."
Beth first joined Project Rousseau as part of the 2015 Oxford summer internship. She was immediately drawn to the internship because it presented her with the opportunity to use her organization skills to make a difference and address educational inequality.
Beth recently graduated from Oxford University (BA Human Sciences) and in the future she hopes to have an impact in the education sector. Beth is a huge sports fanatic - she played varsity cricket, captained the college hockey team and played college netball and tennis.
“There is reason to believe that people everywhere can lift themselves up, but they have to be given tools to do so. We can only open doors so that they can walk through them.” - Jacqueline Novogratz
Having spent many summers as a camp counselor, Alycia was excited by the opportunity to continue working with youth when a Project Rousseau chapter started at Vanderbilt in 2014. She was inspired by the way Project Rousseau was opening doors for its students with its multitude of programs, and is now a proud mentor and chapter president.
Alycia is in her final year at Vanderbilt University with majors in Political Science and Human and Organizational Development. On campus, she is also involved in Vanderbilt Social Ventures and served on the executive board of her sorority. Alycia is particularly interested in comparative and international education, and is a firm believer in the power of education as a force of positive change in communities across the globe.
"I was drawn to Project Rousseau because, as a college student, I felt obligated to allow others the same opportunities that I was lucky to have, and Project Rousseau does just that."
Cecilia first joined Project Rousseau as a Chapter President at George Washington University in 2015. She has since become Director of New Chapter Development as well. She is majoring in Biology and has been accepted to GWU Medical School. She is currently a research assistant in the Biology Department at GWU and a Teaching Assistant for the Chemistry Department.
She enjoys helping students learn - both at GW and throughout Washington, DC with Project Rousseau. Education is something she hopes to continue being involved in even as a physician and she currently combines her STEM interests with education by participating in the GWTeach Program which gives her the opportunity to teach in DC Public Schools and study STEM education.
"My desire to help stems from the idea that true progress only occurs when we all grow and learn together."
Alejandro first joined Project Rousseau in the spring of 2013 as Chapter President of The City College Chapter in New York City. Having such a unique ability to connect to our students and motivate our volunteers we begged him to stay with us and join our team as a Regional Director. Alejandro now manages 5 of our Chapters.
Alejandro holds a degree from The City College of New York having majored in Biology and minoring in Theatre. He is working towards becoming a health professional, catering to the needs of an ageing population. As an undergraduate, he was a first responder in CCNY's volunteer EMS squad. He also held a leadership position in the Golden Key Honors Society chapter.
"Project Rousseau's focus on a holistic approach to mentorship is what really resonates with me because I believe that experiential learning through special events can create some of the most deep-set and memorable learning environments."
Anoosha joined Project Rousseau in 2014 as Chapter President for Rice University. She is a Cognitive Sciences major and plans to go on to medical school to become a physician. She is also involved in the Classical Indian dance group and an acapella group on campus.
"I am one of the students! If it weren't for programs like Project Rousseau that supported me when I was younger, I know I would have ended up in jail or worse inside a casket . We must lift as we climb, Project Rousseau does that and more."
At an early age, Elvis volunteered with the special education program in his elementary school, spending recess and lunch with his new friends. Taking that initial step to cross over the imaginary line dividing their two groups, it sparked his desire to cross other barriers. By having the simplest interaction, a conversation, sharing a plate, or kicking a soccer ball, we add to the infinite waves of change that when connected tear down any wall, line or boundary. It all starts with that first seed of interaction, that germinates and blooms into a flower that makes that change in the world. Volunteering is that first seed.
His journey with Project Rousseau began during his first semester in college. Through the years, he took greater volunteer responsibilities in the organization and is now the newest member of the Project Rousseau staff. He has lived in Thailand and Brazil. Currently, Elvis is pursuing a degree in Political Science at Columbia University.
“Inclusivity works by asking the students, how can we change to help you? We are flexible, and so we must listen.” Abraham Magendzo
Lucy first heard about Project Rousseau in her second year of university, and has now joined the organization in order to put her research skills to practical use. She has recently interned at an education research institute in Germany, where she was struck by the enormous potential for educators and NGOs to instil a culture of dignity and rights among young people, and thereby enable social change. She is therefore eager to take a more hands-on role in the education and social justice sector.
Lucy will be graduating from Oxford with a BA in History this summer and hopes to soon begin a Masters in Medieval History at Oxford. Ultimately however, she is planning a career in broadening educational opportunities and encouraging an enthusiasm for learning.
“Knowledge and education have always had a great impact on my self-perception. That’s why I believe it’s crucial to give students the opportunity to reach their full academic potential.”
Emilie first got in touch with Project Rousseau when she was in her last year of secondary school in Denmark. After getting to know the work and goals of the organization, she felt this would be a perfect place to make a difference, so when she was offered an internship, there was no question of whether or not to take it.
Emilie is very engaged in international affairs and is planning to start a bachelor in Political Science next semester.
“ So I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where to go from there.” - Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Anna first learned about the work of Project Rousseau through the extensive Global Citizenship Program at her high school in Copenhagen, from which she graduated in Math and Physics. Outside of school, Anna has actively been volunteering for a Danish organisation educationally supporting young people and minorities around the world. Both being a part of the Global Citizenship Program and through her voluntary work, she has opened her eyes to the increasing need and importance of an educated and globally aware youth.
When Anna returns to Copenhagen she wishes to begin her bachelor in Political Science, with an international focus.