Africa bound: Kenwood students part of after-school group

Herald Intern

Seven students from area schools, including Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., will travel this summer to Malawi, a country in southeastern Africa. The students are part of a faith-based after-school program called Young Life.

The students will take a 24-hour plane ride this July to a summer camp in Malawi, where they will help cook food and clean. The excursion is unusual for the group, which meets once a week to play games and study the Bible.

“I’ve always wanted to go to Africa,” said Kierra Porter, a senior who will go on the trip. “You would see the starving children on TV and I always wanted to help —this is a good place to start.”

“I’m super excited to offer this opportunity,” said Kaleah Merriweather, who is helping to organize the trip. “I wanted them to have the opportunity to serve outside of the country.”

In the past, students in the Young Life group have worked on small service projects, primarily for donors who help finance their trips to summer camp. The group aims to offer fellowship as well as training in “critical thinking about how the world works” and a plan for the future, Merriweather said.

“I was a wreck before. Young Life got me back on the right track,” Porter said.
The trip, she says, is one of the first things on her mind. “I’m so excited. You can ask anyone in my family.”

Other students on the trip will come from DuSable and Dunbar high schools. Kenwood students Ashley Posey, Briana Carmichael and Michelle Phillips will also take the trip.