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Village Leadership Academy's Rwanda 2020 World Scholars Gala

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221 North Paulina Street

Chicago, IL 60612

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Celebrate 11 Years of Educating Chicago's Youth By Preparing Tomorrow’s World Leaders Today!

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March 19, 2020

Dear VLA Friends,

We hope this note finds you and your family doing well. As you know, the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19, the coronavirus, a global pandemic. As of Monday, the Government and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put forth new guidelines recommending that all gatherings and events of 10 people and more be postponed for the next eight weeks.

That is why, with much thought and concern for the safety of our gala attendees, our vendors, and our staff, Village Leadership Academy has made the decision to reschedule our World Scholars 2020 Gala from April 16th to November 5th.

As the Gala is our primary funding source for the World Scholars Program’s annual international trip, we will be postponing our trip to Rwanda that was scheduled for this June. We are heartbroken about this, but the safety and well being of our students and staff is our top priority.

If you have already purchased tickets to the Gala, but are unable to attend the rescheduled date, we hope you will consider converting your ticket purchase to a donation. To do that, or to request a refund, please reach out to Sabrina Guthrie at sguthrie@vlacademy.org.

Thank you for your understanding. We hope that you and your families stay healthy and safe during this challenging time.

Best regards,

Sabrina Guthrie

Director of Development + Strategic Growth

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Each year, Village Leadership Academy's World Scholars Program (WSP) provides students with an innovative year-long, targeted course of study that helps foster cross-cultural learning and understanding, an appreciation of global community, and an in-depth exploration of the social, political, economic, and cultural histories of a specific Community of Focus. By participating in the World Scholars Program, students not only deepen their educational foundation, but also broaden their world-perspective(s) through international travel. This year, VLA WSP students will travel to Rwanda as the culmination of their research and study within the class.

It is our goal to send our WSP students on a curated educational expedition to Rwanda this June. During this life-changing (and affirming) journey, our students will complete a service-learning project, engage in critical cultural exchange, visit multiple regions of Rwanda, acquire first-hand knowledge about the challenges facing global communities, and develop relationships that extend beyond borders.

The VLA community needs your support to help make our educational expedition to Rwanda a reality. You are cordially invited to the Rwanda 2020 World Scholars Gala. Please join us on Thursday, April 16th, 2020, at the Venue West for an evening of fun, food, and philanthropy!

Together, we can help prepare tomorrow's global leaders today.

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