MIAMI HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD PROFILES NYAH PROJECT FOUNDER & FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
In it's year-end recap entitled, "They Have Perfected The Art of Giving," the Miami Herald Editorial Board has profiled Nyah Project Founder, Leigh-Ann Buchanan, and our innovative fellowship program:
"Nyah. It means “purpose” in Swahili, and Leigh-Ann Buchanan certainly had one: to give students “transformative experiences abroad.” Ms. Buchanan, an attorney, is the founder of an innovative program that develops youth leaders by taking them out of the familiar and immersing them in everyday life in other countries. There, they end up finding themselves and, ironically, the familiar. After all, people’s needs and desires don’t really differ all that much, no matter where they live.
Each year a diverse and talented group of teenagers from underserved communities is selected as Nyah Project Fellows. They meet prominent civic and business leaders locally and abroad. The destinations are amazing: Ghana, Costa Rica, South Africa, and Namibia.
And because of the intensive training in human-factor leadership, social entrepreneurship and experiential learning Nyah provides, 100 percent of its fellows are accepted into college. Clearly, Ms. Buchanan’s sense of purpose is contagious."