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Friday, January 31, 2014

My Atlas Journey

I am many things. One thing I am particularly known for is my passion to explore and my desire to see new things, places, eat new foods and to share different experiences. Sometimes it’s hard to balance all these passions with pressing realities but one must make the decision objectively and after considering all relevant consequences.
A week or two before my embassy appointment, I received a letter which I had been waiting for; for close to a year- my admission letter to the bar school in Kenya. I was at cross-roads between choosing to travel 8525.99 miles which is literally across the world to experience a new culture and to train in a field which I had limited skills in or to finally get over the last hurdle of being a licensed advocate which has been a long dream coming...
Truth be told, the American Embassy is not the friendliest consulate I have ever been to. The glass and microphones are a tad bit intimidating even for this lawyer. I did manage to convince the stern officer of the nature and purpose of my visit and I was issued with my visa. It was not until this point in time that I had a serious reality check and I knew what I had to do…
Saturday, January 11th 2014 was a remarkably cold day in Washington DC….well maybe not, but I guess my body was going through shock after having spent a week prior to that with my family in the beautiful humid coastal city of Mombasa. My overly energetic sister Shiru had insisted that I visualize and master the art of feeling warm and thinking of the sun and the blissful feeling of the warm rays on my skin…I should have taken this lessons more seriously for sure as the sun is just but a distant dream to me now…..
The Atlas Service Corps started in 2006, and is an international network of nonprofit leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world's 21st century challenges. Their mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in a 12 to 18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global change makers.
Current Atlas Corps Fellows at the long fellow statue in DC.

I am humbled and excited to be serving at the Nike Foundation under the girl-effect program. Having a passion for girls, the skills which I have learnt from working with “Sisterhood” as well as other skills which I have obtained from law and working in the civil society in Kenya made this definitely a package I couldn't by pass in this life time.
I love the fact that my passion and career have almost converged and I cannot wait to see what this journey will look like in the next coming months….
Awesome Class 14 fellows donning traditional attire  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Global Health Corps fellowship Application

To apply, click here!  
§  To view the application questions without creating an online application, click here.
All open fellowship positions can be found here!
Applications close January 26, 2014. 
Fellowship Positions:
All open fellowship positions can be found here!  If you have a slow internet connection, you can download PDFs of the positions below. Click your citizenship to view positions for which you are eligible
§  American
§  Burundian
§  Malawian
§  Rwandan
§  Ugandan
§  Zambian   
§  Other
To be selected as a Global Health Corps fellow you must:
§  Be 30 or under at the start of the fellowship
§  Have an undergraduate university degree by July 2014
§  Be proficient in English
Application Timeline for the 2014-2015 Fellowship:
§  November 6, 2013: Part 1 of the application opens
§  December 6, 2013: Position descriptions posted online. Part 2 of the application opens
§  January 26, 2014: Applications close at 11:59pm EST
§  February 17, 2014: 2 recommendation forms and Proof of Identity and Proof of Education documents due
§  February – March 2014: Each application is reviewed by at least two readers
§  March 2014: up to 10 semi-finalists are selected for each fellowship position. All candidates are notified of their application status by email
§  March 2014: All semi-finalists are interviewed by Global Health Corps and 3-5 finalists per position are selected
§  March 2014-April 2014: All finalists are interviewed by the placement organizations
§  April-May 2014: Fellowship offers extended
Fellows come from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds, as each individual fellowship position requires different specific skills. Make sure to check out our fellowship FAQs page.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Women's Leadership and Empowerment Conference 2014 March 1st - 3rd 2014, Bangkok, Thailand


Call for papers
Women's Leadership and Empowerment Conference 2014 accepts the following types of submissions:
  • Research Papers: Completed research papers in any of the topic areas listed bellow or related areas.
  • Abstracts: Abstracts of completed or proposed research in any of the topic areas listed bellow, or related areas. The abstract for proposed research should include the research objectives, proposed methodology, and a discussion of expected outcomes.
  • Student Papers: Research done by students in any of the topic areas listed bellow, or related areas.
  • Case Studies: Case studies in any of the topic areas listed bellow, or related areas.
  • Work-in-Progress Reports or Proposals for Future Research: Incomplete research or ideas for future research in order to generate discussion and feedback in any of related areas.  
  • Reports on Issues Related to the conference topics: Reports related to innovative techniques or research related to any of the topic areas listed bellow or related areas.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling admission basis as long as space is available or by February 1st 2014 at latest and are to be submitted along with application form. All submissions will be peer reviewed and acceptance/rejections is based on their relevance to the conference topics. Notification on acceptance is sent within 7 days after the submission has been received.

The following presentation formats will be possible at the conference:
  • Oral presentation - Take an advantage of oral presentation of your paper/ research on site and get the first hand remarks and comments from the audience. Encourage a live discussion regarding the presented topic and network with other researchers and academics in the field of education and related areas, from around the globe.
  • Video presentation – Registered presenters who are not able to attend the conference in person may opt for this presenting format. Participants will watch either your recorded presentation or will be following it trough a live stream. They will be able to ask the questions either in a real time trough the internet connection or may fill in the reflection forms which we will be mailing back to you, if requested.
  • Poster presentation - Participants will get familiar with your research/ paper trough poster exhibition which will be available in the conference’s venue during the entire length of the program. Presenters will have an opportunity to discuss and explain their research in direct contact to the audience. Alternatively, if required by presenters, reflection forms can be distributed to the participating delegates, which will be mailed back to you after completed by the conference’s delegates.
Papers presented at the conference will be published in the official ISBN conference proceedings publication.
In order to have your paper published in the official conference proceedings, your submission should have been previously approved and registration arrangements completed.

Participants who have completed registration arrangements and wish their paper published in the official conference proceedings publication must submit their paper and/or abstract by February 15th 2014. Proceedings submissions should be sent by E-mail as MS Word attachment to:contact@tomorrowpeople.org.
Submissions’ formatting:
  • A4 size paper
  • Single line space
  • Margins: 2 cm on the left and 2 cm on the right
  • Format: Align left
  • No footers and headers allowed and no numbered pages
  • Fonts:
                Title: Times New Roman 14 bold
                Subtitles: Times New Roman 12 bold
                Text: Times New Roman 12
  • First page:
                Title of submission
                Name/s of author/s
                Affiliation/s of the author/s
                E-mail address/es of the author/s
  • Second page:
                Abstract of maximum 300 words (or one page)
                Key words (under abstract)
  • Third page-:
                Full paper (unless only abstract is intended for publication)
  • Last page:

Deadline for proceedings submissions: February 15th 2014
Submissions received after this date or/and in a format different than specified will NOT be published. We strongly recommend early submissions to allow enough time for a review and feed back in case there are changes to be made in formatting.