Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Journeys Within Our Community

  • Truckee, CA
  • http://www.JourneysWithinOurCommunity.org

Mission Statement

JWOC runs projects in Southeast Asia that reduce poverty levels,
increase educational and economic opportunities and empower recipients
and supporters, inspiring ongoing social change.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarship Programme
  2. Free Classes Programme
  3. Educational Loans
  4. Community Support
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Cambodia

ruling year

2006

Executive Director

Self-reported

Kneath Heard

Keywords

Self-reported

poverty alleviation, change lives, education, local, cambodia, education loans, sustainable development, capacity building, empowerment, scholarships, make a difference

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Also Known As

JWOC

EIN

47-0953817

 Number

1614658771

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (M12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Scholarship Programme

The University Scholarship Program is the heart of JWOC as its volunteer contributions enable our other programs to thrive. These students bring to life JWOC's motto of "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow'.

By 2016, 123 students have graduated from JWOC's scholarship program. We typically have ~75 scholarship students who are in years 1-4 of their undergraduate studies at universities in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Our scholarship students are selected based on economic need, the potential to succeed in their studies and their commitment to community service. JWOC scholarship students generally come from rural Cambodian villages, work full time to support themselves and their families, attend university full time and volunteer ~6-8 hours weekly at JWOC. JWOC scholarship recipients say that receiving this scholarship is transformative, giving them the opportunity to permanently improve their future as well as their family's future.

JWOC's donor supported scholarships provide university tuition, fees, books and on-going professional development. In return, students provide volunteer support for JWOC's education projects. By having scholarship students participate in these projects, JWOC has two goals, to serve immediate educational needs of our community and to develop leaders who will return to their communities in the future and effect lasting social change. Students learn not only in the college classroom, but also by taking leadership roles in their community. Their volunteer work is key to the implementation of JWOC's Free Classes and Community Support education programs. Each year, a number of Scholarship alumni serve on JWOC's local Advisory Board providing valuable counsel to JWOC"s management team and Board of Directors.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

Free Classes Programme

JWOC offers a wide range of Free Classes to the local community complementing what is taught at public schools and providing a safe environment where students can play and study. We provide high-quality learning opportunities free of charge to those who cannot afford extra lessons at school or at private language centers.

Each week, JWOC teaches over 40 classes to around 850 students at our Siem Reap Community Center. Classes are taught by JWOC staff and scholarship student volunteer teachers. Our classes are designed so that students develop communicative and collaborative skills which will help them succeed in school, university and the workplace.

Classes offered include:
- Kindergarten: teaching English literacy, hygiene and basic motor skills
- English: offering classes at Starter, Elementary and Pre-Intermediate levels for children and adults
- Digital Literacy: teaching computer and software skills to teens and adults
- Science: providing engaging experiential science classes for youth and increasing STEM learning opportunities
- Art: giving children the opportunity to express their creativity with weekly lessons at JWOC's community center or at a local pagoda

In addition to hosting weekly classes at our Community Center we also run a library which is a friendly, relaxed space where students can study, borrow books and engage in supervised games and play.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 3

Educational Loans

Unlike other countries where student loans are commonplace, student loans in Cambodia are only now emerging as a way to secure an education. JWOC offers low interest, no collateral loans for students who wish to continue their education beyond high school. Students with financial need and who do not have a scholarship can continue their studies at university or through vocational training by utilizing a JWOC educational loan.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 4

Community Support

JWOC's Community Support program brings tailored education and training into villages in Siem Reap Province to provide information about available community resources and employment information and to deliver life skills training. Training is developed and delivered by JWOC staff and scholarship student volunteers. We work with village chiefs and villagers to actively involve them in assessing their needs and in customizing training content. All village presentations are designed to ensure that villagers who are not able to read or write can understand and apply the content. Life skill training topics include: hygiene, nutrition, women's health, positive parenting and financial literacy. Also, when emergencies occur, JWOC's Community Support team provides emergency relief to impacted communities.  

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Cambodia

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Executive Director

Kneath Heard

BIO

Kneath is JWOC's Executive Director and joins the team with a wide range of experience working with non-profits and educational organizations across Asia.

Having grown up in the city of Bristol, Kneath graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Drama, and immediately moved to South Korea to teach English. He would spend three of the next five years working and volunteering for different organizations across Korea, and knew early on he would spend many more years calling Asia his home. Between times spent in Korea, he graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Master's degree in International Development, having conducted extensive research working closely with rural-urban migrants in Beijing and the NGOs that support them.

Before joining JWOC, Kneath worked as the Director for a learning center in Malaysia that provided access to education for youth from the Somali refugee community, and supported their goals to tackle forms of social exclusion they faced in their daily lives. It is through these experiences that his passion for the use of education as a tool to empower and develop communities has grown.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Philippa Nigg

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BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?