Panamanian Culture Celebrated at Village Leadership Academy's World Scholars Gala

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Windy City LIVE's Ji Suk Yi to Host Annual Fundraising Event

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WSP gala honors and celebrates our commitment to social justice, advocacy, and global leadership development of our students.

Television personality Ji Suk Yi will serve as the guest host during Village Leadership Academy’s sixth annual World Scholars Program Gala, set for Sunday, April 19, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Nacional 27, located at 325 W. Huron in Chicago. Ji Suk is the social media contributor and resident foodie on “Windy City LIVE.”

Since the inception of Village Leadership Academy’s World Scholars Program in 2010, students as young as third grade have traveled to the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Mexico, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Brazil. They serve as student ambassadors – experiencing culture, volunteering time, creating global awareness, collaborating on solutions to common problems, making international friendships, and most importantly, honing their leadership skills. Following a yearlong academic and extracurricular exploration of history and culture, VLA students will travel to Panama in May.

“The World Scholars Program gala honors and celebrates our commitment to social justice, advocacy, and global leadership development of our students,” says VLA principal and co-founder Nakisha Hobbs. Training youth for global citizenship is par for the course at the independent elementary school, which has two campuses – one in Chicago’s historic River City at 800 S. Wells and a newly-opened site in the University Medical District at 1001 W. Roosevelt Road. For more information or to support Village Leadership Academy, contact 312.432.0096 or visit or

Honorary event chairs include: State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, State Sen. Patricia Van Pelt, State Rep. LaShawn Ford, State Rep. Arthur L. Turner, Ald. Walter Burnett, Orbert Davis of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Dr. Carol Adams of Urban Perspectives, Dr. James Oliver of University of Illinois, Dr. Barbara Ransby of UIC, Gicele Wray-Lindley of Shining Star Child Development Center, Dr. Pedro Cevallos-Candau of Primera Engineers, Claude Powers of Power & Sons, and Antwane Lee of Johnson & Lee.

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