Girl Scout Annika Cushnyr will showcase the Giving Library she established at Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC) to a group of Open World participants from Tajikistan. The presentation will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8.
Cushnyr developed the library in response to the illiteracy rates among New Mexicans. It provides free books to children and families who visit SRMC - enabling children to take home a book at the same time they attend their regularly scheduled family provider visits. The success of this "Take Action" project has enabled Cushnyr to receive the Girl Scouts Gold Award, which is the equivalent of an Eagle Scout for female youths.
The Tajikistan group is visiting SRMC as part of Open World, an international professional exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Congress that seeks to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia.
With "Youth Development and Civic Engagement" as their theme, the group from Tajikistan will receive a program that provides them with hands-on exposure to an array of youth-focused programs in New Mexico, the U.S. legislative process, and a variety of cultural activities.
Open World has coordinated with Girl Scout Leadership in Albuquerque to visit the sites of their Senior Scouts' "Take Action" projects, including that of Annika Cushnyr at SRMC.