Amir Samad Samandi, Summer of Service (SOS)

Date grant awarded: July 21, 2016

With each passing year, our world becomes ever more connected through flows of information, people, and goods. Recognizing that the ability to empathize and communicate cross culturally will be of increasing importance for future generations, and that these skills are not readily learned through classroom study, High School Teacher, Amir Samandi, founded Summer of Service to help shape a new generation of compassionate, committed, and connected young Americans.

Dedicated to educating San Antonio youth through service-learning and travel, SOS works with groups of 6th-12th grade kids who join together in core groups to learn about and eventually work in communities around the world. Tying together their classroom studies with local service projects, team-building and leadership exercises, cross-cultural understanding, and conflict resolution skills, each group works toward a final trip to their chosen destination while at the same time becoming more connected to their own communities. 

SOS seeks to create a world in which all young people, no matter their background, believe in their power to make a positive difference in their communities. Theywill receive a flow fund grant via Youth Leadership Hub Team Member, Chris McGilvery.