JetBlue and Global Glimpse are teaming up this summer to recognize outstanding Global Glimpse alumni as Brave New Travelers of the Month! The BNT is a GG alum from New York City who has been inspired to go above and beyond to contribute to their school or neighborhood community after traveling with Global Glimpse.
This month JetBlue recognizes Chanei Anderson from Brownsville, Brooklyn, a recent graduate of Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies. Chanei will be attending Cazenovia College next year; the first in her family to graduate from college.
Last summer she traveled to Estelí, Nicaragua with a group of twenty peers with Global Glimpse. Like many Global Glimpsers, this was Chanei’s first time out of the country without her family. When asked how her travel experience impacted her, she said:
“Traveling with Global Glimpse changed my outlook on life. I am more grateful and humble and confident. Sometimes you need to just take time to distance yourself, reflect and take everything in. It is one of the best life-altering, eye-opening experiences a person can have at my age. It gave me a much more global outlook and reminds me of the impact I want to have in the world.”
Upon her return, Chanei applied and was accepted to the Global Glimpse alumni leadership program. When asked why she wanted to continue to take a leadership role after her trip she said:
“I feel like this experience hit me extremely hard. I personally feel like I learned so much over the 20 days in Nicaragua and I wanted to continue with Global Glimpse to help the next upcoming ‘Glimpsers’ at my school to make sure that their experience would be as powerful as mine. Students from my school and neighborhood need to experience more of the world.”
Chanei not only stepped up to support Global Glimpse at her school, but has also taken a leadership role in her community and was recognized by the NYC Department of Education for her outstanding service and commitment to students in temporary housing for the creation of an annual toy drive. Chanei has also been part of Hip Hop 4 Life and Shades of Beauty, a young women’s mentoring program.
JetBlue would like to recognize Chanei for being a Brave New Traveler and for her outstanding contribution to her school and neighborhood community.
JetBlue works hand-in-hand with local and national organizations to foster influential programs and connect communities within their areas of commitment: Youth & Education, Community and the Environment. JetBlue is a generous sponsor of our New York to Dominican Republic student flights. Their sponsorship makes the Global Glimpse program accessible to more outstanding students like Chanei.
Global Glimpse is a 501c3 not for profit organization working to inspire America’s next generation to become responsible and successful global citizens. To learn more about Global Glimpse’s work visit www.globalglimpse.org.