Scholars Dream Big and Deliver Results with DRYVE

dryveWhat happens when a group of friends dream big? For Torch Scholars Glenny Reynoso, Odalis Polanco, Simona Vareikaite, andUnice Karmue, that dream is a reality now called DRYVE, Distributing Resources to Youth and Volunteer Efforts. With other students from Northeastern and surrounding Universities, the DRYVE team has built an organization based on sharing educational and social capital with underserved communities in developing countries. Co-Founder Glenny Reynoso is preparing for the organization’s second service project to the Dominican Republic and has recruited a team of college students from the Boston area to complete the organization’s mission. In 2008-09 DRYVE members decided to reach out to the Arroyo Blanco community in Moca, Dominican Republic, the hometown of Torch Scholar Odalis Polanco (Torch 1). Glenny Reynoso commented on the group’s success with their first outreach project. “We pride ourselves in the fact that we accomplished our goals, with the help of many, fundraised enough money to finance the entire trip, and developed a bond with the community that will never be broken. Our mission is to provide those children who are less fortunate with the essential tools, skills, and opportunities needed to grow and develop to their true physical, intellectual, and social potential. Although the members of DRYVE all come from different backgrounds, we all use education as a means to grow as professionals and individuals.” Looking to create everlasting results and progress, DRYVE will work in Los Alarizzos, Dominican Republic, in March 2010 to help start a school for Haitian schoolchildren.

DRYVE annual benefit at the Stork Jazz club, February 15 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.