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Welcome Eka!

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Community Engagement Exchange Program Participant from Indonesia Conducting Civil Society Practicum with Social Capital Inc.

Eka Santi is partnering with SCI through the U.S. State Department’s Community Engagement Exchange Program. For twelve weeks, Eka, an emerging international young leader, is working at SCI, collaborating on civil society initiatives and preparing the community engagement project she will undertake upon her return to Indonesia. 

During Eka’s practicum, she will be involved in supporting SCI’s Leaders for an Equitable Tomorrow program and the 2024 SCI Youth Grant Pitch Contest. Leaders for an Equitable Tomorrow engages high school students in addressing peer mental health challenges through a social justice lens. The Youth Grant Pitch Contest develops entrepreneurial & leadership skills of Greater Boston youth through an 8-week mentorship program culminating in a pitch event at the Microsoft NERD center/office in Cambridge, MA on April 6th, 2024, which is open to the media. 

In her home country of Indonesia, Eka is a high school educator with experience in student learning and development, educational assessment and student counseling. Through working with SCI, Eka seeks to gain insights into diverse strategies employed by Boston-area communities and nonprofit organizations to increase awareness about bullying, prioritize mental health, and enhance emotional well-being in Indonesia.

The Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program is a dynamic global network of innovators working with communities to address critical 21st Century issues.  CEE equips dedicated visionaries with the expertise, skills, and resources to develop multi-sector approaches and build healthy and engaged communities in over 100 countries. A transformational leadership development experience, CEE is a year-long program designed to enable civil society leaders, ages 21-28, to harness the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, specifically on issues related to civic dialogue and peacebuilding, open and participatory government, women and gender, resilience and sustainable development, and youth engagement. 

The CEE Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IREX.

The CEE Program Kicked off with a week-long conference in Detroit!

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