Join Our School-2-School Linking Program
Plan's School-2-School Linking (S2S) program connects youth in the United States with their peers in the developing countries where Plan works—countries like Cameroon, Ghana and El Salvador. Through their S2S connection, young people learn about life in other parts of the world and engage in educational activities with their partners. An S2S Link is a unique window to the world, thanks to Plan’s history (we just celebrated 75 years of work) and deep roots in communities across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
School-2-School Linking represents a rare chance to build relationships with young people who might otherwise be out of reach, but also to directly support Plan’s efforts to change lives, community by community.
School-2-School Linking has been operating for over a decade in many different countries, including Cameroon, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Rwanda, Sudan, and Togo. Youth participating in the program have made many powerful connections through the years. In 2004, after a tsunami struck Indonesia, students from Blake Middle School in Massachusetts sent cards and letters of support to their Indonesian peers. Students from the Penken Bada School in Indonesia responded by creating a video showing how they used cultural dances and art as part of their healing process. These two schools continued to share letters for many years as the community in Indonesia recovered and rebuilt. Although Plan’s offices eventually closed when the reconstruction was completed, Blake continued to partner with other schools around the world through Plan.
In 2006, a professor at Hofstra University connected students in one of her anthropology classes with students at the University of Lome in Togo, in West Africa. While Plan’s School-2-School Linking typically connects middle or high school students, this partnership took off. Students communicated through email and Skype, discussing their daily lives, their studies, and their life goals. A group of students from each university traveled to meet their linking partners in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Our linking partners here in the United States fundraise to help cover the costs of connecting to their partners in Plan communities. This is a critical component of the program, because many of Plan’s schools lack an Internet connection, working computers, or enough school supplies (like pens, pencils, and paper) for every student. Through your link, you can truly make a difference!
You can expect to receive monthly activities designed to stimulate cross-cultural learning, as well as regular check-ins from the Youth Engagement team. Youth connect and share activities online, in addition to chatting with their linking partners through text messages. School-2-School Linking activities deal with a variety of international issues and ideas, from extreme poverty to environmental sustainability. As a result of this creative curriculum, your perspective on the world broadens and, together with your linking partners, you bridge global divides.
We commit to provide each link with the same high level of support. As a result, we can only select a limited number of participants each academic year—so reserve your spot today!