G.O.Y.A.: Galvanizing & Organizing Youth Activism at Rutgers University
& The Global Literacy Project, Inc.

2007 Walkathon Coordinators

walkathon coordinators

-Taking Responsibility, Taking Action-

2007 "Walk for Literacy"

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, October 20th, 2007


This year's "Walk For Literacy" was in support of GLP's initiative to create school libraries and resource rooms for the Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB) daycare and preschool classrooms in New Brunswick, NJ as well as the Rebuilding of a community center in Peru in a village devastated by the recent earthquake. The walkathon's proceeds will also assist GLP's 2007 programs for Daycare and Preschool Classroom Libraries in Africa-especially in the slums of Kibera, Kenya.

The Walk-A-Thon proceeded from the Cook/Douglass Campus, meandering its way upMounir Ibrahim George Street to Brower Commons on the College Avenue Campus. We had speakers, such as Mounir Ibrahim from CHF International, who gave us an update on the recovery efforts in Peru. GLP volunteer Simone Bingham also reported from her recent field trip to the slums of Kibera, Kenya and the eagerness that children in the schools there have for access to educational materials. Other speakers talked about how being able to act locally, such as in providing literacy and learning supplies for children in New Brunswick can be done as a simultaneous project with providing the same opportunities for children in Latin America and Africa.

Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) at RutgersThe event saw a variety of organizations partnering with GOYA and GLP this year. We welcomed a new co-partner in the form of the Vietnamese Student Association. Many other groups reached out to their members, relatives and other interested persons to fundraise for the event. For example, members of Alpha Kappa Psi do various community service projects throughout the year, and saw the "Walk for Literacy" as an opportunity help out the community and give back to the local New Brunswick area. Others, such as the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) found the cause of helping advance the opportunity for students around the world to learn something that resonated with their own path to accomplishment. Students from South Plainfield High School came out in support because they though it important as global citizens to stand up and make a difference for students very much like themselves. [Take A Look At the Walk in Pictures!]

The potential for making a difference does not simply end with the completion of the walk. Students interested supporting children's education and literacy in general can come out to support the Global Literacy Project's "Make A Difference Day" program to provide supplies in support of local daycare classrooms at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 27th, 2007 as part of the nationwide "Make A Difference Day" activities.


You Can Also Join Us on Saturday, October 27, 2007

"Make A Difference Day"

Look out for more information about volunteering in the local community!



Download a registration form if you don’t have one. Download pledge brochure to collect donations. Set a goal for yourself and get your friends, family, and co-workers involved. Email us to let us know you're participating!


Individuals/Teams. Fill out forms and collect your donations before the walkathon. Turn in your pledge sheet and extra sponsorship sheets and money during walkathon registration from 10:15–11:15 a.m. Check out www.glpinc.org/goya for helpful hints, printable pledge forms, and walkathon updates.

Prizes. Everyone who participates in the walkathon will be eligible to win door prizes. Plus, there will be prizes for:

  • Individual/Team Raising the Most Money
  • Individual with the Most Sponsors
  • Raffle between individuals who rise over $250. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to an area restaurant.

Wear sensible shoes and dress for the weather.
The walkathon goes on, rain or shine.

  • 10:15 a.m.—Registration-Douglass Campus Center
  • 11:15 a.m. —Kick-off speeches at" Passion Puddle" and then begin walk
  • 12:30 a.m.—Walk ends at Brower Commons, CAC
We have 3 levels of Team Support:

Bronze Supporter - $100

At this level one is entitled to:

  1. Acknowledgement at the event
  2. A written acknowledgment of your help and participation
  3. Up to 3 free tee-shirts
Silver Supporter - $250

At this level one is entitled to:

  1. An acknowledgement by name on the postcard
  2. Your name in one color on the the tee-shirts
  3. A table set up at the event to distribute information
  4. Inclusion of your promotional material and items
  5. Logo and name on the "Walk for Literacy" Web Site as a supporter
  6. Up to 6 free tee-shirts

Gold Supporter - $500

At this level one is entitled to:

  1. All above benefits plus a framed acknowledgement of your participation
  2. Presentation of the Sponsorship Certificate at the event as an acknowledgement
  3. A link on our "Walk for Literacy" Walkathon web site to your web site
  4. Up to 10 free tee-shirts
  5. A larger logo on the tee shirt
What is "Make A Difference Day"?
“Make A Difference Day” is the most encompassing national day of helping others—a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, “Make A Difference Day” is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October.
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