Farm to Table for Education
Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)
La Porte, IN
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
My name is Jaylun Cook. I am currently a local junior student in high school and a People to People Student Ambassador Alumni. I am seventeen years old, attend New Buffalo High School, and I am planning for my future academic and professional career. This webpage is to inform donors of a wonderful academic, cultural, service and conservational opportunity that has been presented to me through the Dwight D. Eisenhower’s People to People Ambassadorship Program.
It is an international program encouraged to instill responsibility as well as to teach young travelers to thrive outside of their home environments. This program helps students gain confidence, maturity, and self-awareness through a combination of education, travel and adventure. In June, this platform will be taking me to Europe to learn about their culture, heritage and history. The program also teaches students life-long skills while at the same time breaking cultural barriers through knowledge and real hands-on experiences. These newfound skills represent important steps in my development. After students have started to change their world with an education travel program, they return home inspired and motivated to continue to do a world of good. People to People programs also focus on sharpening mental focus, physical fortitude and personal development through daily activities.
I am currently enrolled in next year’s People to People program to Europe. I will be exploring the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. I will study the cultures and architecture of Rome, Florence, Venice, and even enjoy time with a local Italian family while staying on their farm to learn how to harvest and care for organic vegetables and fruit crops (surely to come in handy around the homestead)! The delegation will not only be visiting Italy, but we will be exploring Austria as well. Here we will learn about Austrian cultures and visit some of the largest castles in all of Europe. While in Austria, I will have the opportunity to experience history through the eyes of a former concentration camp prisoner when I and the other delegates meet exclusively with a survivor and take part in a discussion about the conditions and political climate during World War II; after which, we will experience a darker chapter of European history when we visit the infamous Mauthausen Concentration Camp, where we will learn about the history of these Nazi concentration camps. The People to People program will end in Paris France where I will have the opportunity to learn about artists such as Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh and visit their studios.
In order to fundraise for this prestigious program, I am hosting a Farm to Table dinner in conjunction with a silent auction to support my fundraising efforts. Brad Hindsley, owner and executive chef of Spire-Farm to Fork in LaPorte, Indiana and Judy Kite-Gosh, former Owner and chef of Retro Cafe and Kite’s Kitchen, New Buffalo, Michigan have graciously offered their knowledge, support and services to make this a successful dinner. My goal is to generate enough funds to raise my full tuition. With your help and generous donation, I will be able to attend the program this year. The People to People delegation will be traveling to Europe to learn and explore the countries of France, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland. This is truly an educational opportunity of a lifetime! I hope I can count on your support in buying a ticket to this dinner, and I hope to see you at the event! Thank you!
From, People to People Student Ambassador Alumni,
Jaylun John Cook