Trip Leaders

Richard Kelley is Director of Development, AP U.S. Government teacher, and Health and Safety Officer at SEGL.  He graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Folklore and Mythology and a secondary in Government.  At Harvard, he was President of the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA), the nation’s largest student-run non-profit organization.  Richard also is certified to teach Red Cross courses domestically and abroad.  He is a Creativity Foundation National Legacy Award winner (2009) and a Krista Foundation Colleague (2011).  After graduation, Richard moved to South Africa and spent a year working on the Mamelodi Initiative.  He launched its first computer courses and its first summer program, and currently sits on its Advisory Board.

J.D. Gladden is SEGL’s AP Comparative Government teacher, U.S. History teacher, and Academic Dean.  She also led SEGL’s trip to Rwanda last summer.  J.D. came to SEGL from Harvard University, where she earned her Master’s degree in International Education Policy.  At Harvard, she served as Co-President of Voices for Africa, an initiative that taught African history and leadership to Boston Public School students.  Prior to her graduate studies, she taught U.S. History and Modern World History at the Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut. At Pomfret, she created and led courses on Genocide in Africa, The History of Apartheid, and Pan-African Nationalism; she also created and led trips to Johannesburg and Capetown, South Africa, to teach and tutor young children in underserved schools.  In 2008, she spent the summer as a journalist in Ghana.  Before teaching at Pomfret, she taught at the Island School semester program’s Deep Creek Middle School in the Bahamas, at the Philadelphia Zoo, and at Lola Ya Bonobo, a sanctuary for endangered apes in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Depending on the level of student interest, SEGL may announce additional faculty chaperones in early 2013.

SEGL’s own Richard Kelley is a co-founder and current Advisory Board member of the Mamelodi Initiative.  Among other accomplishments, he launched the Mamelodi Initiative computer courses in 2010 and its inaugural summer program (the target of SEGL’s service) in January 2011.  Harvard University, Richard’s alma mater, along with other respected institutions like Duke, MIT, Wellesley, Stanford, Yale, and the Universities of Cape Town and Pretoria have all partnered with the Initiative to do service work.

The Mamelodi Initiative Foundation is a not-for-profit organization focused on improving the lives of residents in Mamelodi, South Africa (near Pretoria). Through providing resources to enable community engagement and education, the Mamelodi Initiative strives to empower members of the community so that the community can make the changes it wants to see.

The Mamelodi Initiative was started in 2007 as a collaborative effort comprised of individuals who care about the future of the Mamelodi Township and its youth.  While the initiative has been running in some form for the past five years, the programming took form in 2010, where a year-round model was developed and a focus on education was specifically formed.  Today, more than 1,000 youth have benefited from programming provided through the initiative.  The coalition offers a variety of engaging opportunities, from computer literacy to sports to holiday camps, all aimed at improving and empowering Mamelodi teens.

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