What We Stand For

"(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace."

 

– Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Our History

As the president of Bookbags With the Basics (BWB), Dyci Manns led a team of students to collect school supplies for impoverished children at home and abroad. Throughout the first few months of school supply collections, she recognized that the organization was only providing very temporary aid and was not accomplishing any lasting change in the communities they were sending school supplies to. As a result, she restructured BWB and renamed in MODEL26 in order to reflect the new vision of the organization. She developed MODEL26 with the intention of creating leaders that will be able to create long lasting change in these communities through policy and service.

 

We all know that "If you give a man a fish he will eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime." BWB made it possible for us to reach countless schools in remote under privileged areas and provide them with school supplies. However, this type of aid was a direct reflection of the former portion of this saying. Of course, BWB’s aid was appreciated, but once the pictures were taken and the supplies delivered, the day-to-day realities and the future of the young children that we helped were still filled with grave disparity and lasting poverty. MODEL26 takes aid a step further and digs deeper to get to the root of the problems in order to ensure that aid doesn’t simply treat the issues at hand but ultimately cures it as well.

 

What Now?

The first step is getting our young people involved. Through our Serve, Take Action, Reform (S.T.A.R) model, we provide opportunities for students to provide direct aid to poverty stricken areas through school supply drives and volunteer opportunities. Through strategic partnerships with international aid organizations, we will send student leaders to poverty-stricken areas around the world, giving them physical exposure to the problems and the communities they will be working to help. MODEL26 will not only serve our communities but we will make sure that tomorrow’s leaders get our local, state, and national leaders involved to take action in order to reform national and global policy. The task at hand is a hard and arduous one, but one, that if not pursued, will be costly to too many young lives; a price tag that we cannot afford to pay for simply because we failed to take action now.