Whitby students don’t just learn about social justice. They are empowered to create it.
Our community of multi-national learners apply their knowledge and understanding on a multi-national stage, partnering with organizations at work in countries like the Dominican Republic, Kenya, South Sudan, and around the United States.
Annual Service Trip to Dominican Republic
An exciting highlight for all our 7th and 8th grade students is the year-end service trip to a Spanish-speaking country. Using the language skills they have developed during their time at Whitby, students are empowered to step outside their comfort zones and serve others whose lives may differ greatly from their own.
This year, we have teamed up with The Mariposa DR Foundation, an organization located on the island whose “Educate, Empower, Employ” motto allows them to take a holistic approach in making a difference in the lives of girls in the Dominican Republic. Their mission is to “eradicate poverty and hunger, achieve primary education, promote gender equality, and ensure environmental sustainability.”
Other International Partnerships
Whitby's fundraising partnerships with international assistance organizations such as Shelter Box and Americares create local learning opportunities with global implications. Through these partnerships, students develop the skills and dispositions necessary to be effective leaders in their communities. They learn valuable skills while assessing need after a crisis, as well as exploring long term implications of their
New initiatives and opportunities
Whitby is constantly exploring new partnerships to deepen learning and create opportunities for meaningful, measurable change. Our most powerful have come from within Whitby’s walls.
Partnership in Process: The Kenyan Center for Excellence
The Montessori Model UN isn’t your average after school activity. Comprised of students from around the world, the MMUN is almost as diverse as its co-founding organization. During a recent conference and leadership event, Whitby’s delegated noticed that there was no representation from Africa. Disquieted by that absence, Whitby students and teachers began exploring ways to engage their peers from the African continent in the work of the MMUN.
The Kenyan Center for Excellence is an all-girls school in Kenya, founded by Kakenya Ntaiya, PhD to “empower and motivate young girls through education to become agents of change and to break the cycle of destructive cultural practices in Kenya such as female genital mutilation and early forced marriage.”
Together, Whitby and the Kenyan Center for Excellence are working to bring Africa’s first delegation to the MMUN and in the process build a partnership that grows beyond. While the girls are here in the United States to represent their country at the Montessori Model UN, they will also participate in a sightseeing and speaking tour around the Tri-State area. Whitby is looking for partners to help us expand this relationship through infrastructure and technology investments at the school in Africa and “State-side” support and opportunity access for the girls during their visit.
Future Partnership: Thon Met African Peace Foundation
How often does a student get to say “I helped build a village in South Sudan --literally?” Whitby students may very well have that opportunity. Whitby is currently exploring a partnership with Thon Met, an organization in South Sudan, founded to assist refugees and provide them with a new home. Located on private land in Ethiopia, Thon Met is not only building houses, they are building a village from the ground up.
Initially, Whitby students will have the opportunity to assist with fundraising efforts to buy and build huts for families escaping the refugee crisis. However, the opportunity for higher learning is hard to pass up. Whitby seeks a global foundation partner to guide us in our initial planning and help us form a sustainable, scalable partnership in South Sudan.
If you are interested in partnering with Whitby School on any global initiatives and future opportunities, please contact Matt Honeycutt at 203-983-6632.