These resources will be updated as we have more ideas and success stories to share!
Sister Schools Program
High Schools: Through the Sister Schools program, a Utah elementary school is connected with a high school in Mali for a long-term partnership. As of 2021, we actively partner with 12 elementary schools in commune of Ouelessebougou. Students will be able to participate in education days, cultural exchanges and fundraisers. We encourage students to pair up with their local elementary or junior school for a broader impact. Many of our High School projects are led by youth and our Youth Ambassadors. Find out more about our Sister Schools Program by visiting our Elementary resource section.
Single School or Youth Activities
Like our Elementary & Junior School programs, we offer resources that are focused more on schools, homeschools, community groups or youth groups that desire to connect with Mali through a one-time project or fundraiser. Visit our Elementary resource section to discover ideas on projects you can lead.
- Park City High’s National Honor Society has partnered with the school in Bassa for several years. Each year, the new officers manage the partnership, choosing engagement and fundraising activities. They do an annual Shot through the Heart fundraiser during Valentine’s Day and have held bake sales to raise money for our education program. They created a scrapbook about what life is like in Park City, Utah which we gave to the school’s principal on one of our expedition. The students loved seeing photos of their sister school and imagining what snow was like!
- For decades, high schools around Utah have chosen the Alliance as a partner to raise funds for school construction. Since the 90’s, high school students have rallied their communities to raise money to build classrooms in Ouelessebougou. This has made an incredible impact in our village elementary schools. Through assemblies, presentations and fundraising activities, Utah students are able to recognize how privileged they are to attend quality schools and have access to quality education. Most recently, Highland High’s student body officers held an assembly and fundraiser during Spirit Week to raise funds to go towards the Djemene classroom construction project.
- Andrew Kimble was a student at Olympus High and developed a partnership with Crestview Elementary and organized school presentations and fundraisers to engage students in their sister school of Tamala. He organized an art exchange where the Crestview students decorated hearts and banners to send to Mali. He also support the Alliance’s annual fundraiser by soliciting donations in his community of Holladay. Andrew also raised funds for #GivingTuesday and participated in other fundraising and service events.
- Makayla Larkins attends Corner Canyon High and selected the Alliance for a fundraising project. She sold and created handmade dipped Oreos and delivered them for Valentine’s Day. She raised over $600 for our education projects.
Become a Youth Ambassador
High school students of all ages are invited to apply and participate. The program allows students to develop leadership skills and broaden the impact of their service by connecting and inspiring others.