Leslie Engle YoungEducational Opportunities
This year, in honor of our 25th anniversary as a school community, we are partnering with an organization called Pencils of Promise (PoP) and raising funds to build a school for underprivileged children. This initiative has inspired us to select a theme for the upcoming school year… “Do Something That Matters”. With this theme as a foundation, we welcomed the first speaker in our series for the 2016-2017 school year, the Director of Impact for Pencils of Promise, Leslie Engle Young.
Pencils of Promise is a for-purpose organization that builds schools, trains teachers, and funds scholarships. Leslie met the nonprofit’s founder in a chance encounter while traveling to Laos years ago, and today she manages the Impact team, taking trips to Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos every six weeks to oversee the PoP teams working on the ground. Leslie worked as the Country Director in Laos for almost four years before transitioning to the Director of Impact and moving back to the United States. In her presentation, she shared her career journey with our students and the work that PoP has been able to accomplish.
I do this work because I believe that education equals opportunity; that out of education, there is a choice.