RCSUSA has chosen three areas of focus for programming and monetary donations: Human Trafficking, Health Care, and Education.
Human trafficking is one of the world’s fastest growing criminal industries. It affects every country in the world, and the United States is no exception. According to the Department of State, the United States “is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children—both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals—subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor, including domestic servitude.” In fact, the Department of State has named the U.S. as one of the “top countries of origin of federally identified victims” of human trafficking. RCSUSA will partner with groups across the United States who are working to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
RCSUSA recognizes that many health-related concerns affect people across the globe. Populations are faced with obesity on one end of the spectrum to a crisis of hunger on the other. The rates of cancer and chronic diseases are on the rise. We need innovation to prevent deadly diseases like malaria and education to prevent the spread of AIDS. There is much work to be done to improve health around the world. Each year, RCSUSA will select an organization tackling a health-related issue to partner with and support.
RCSUSA will participate annually in the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, which is the world’s oldest international writing competition, established in 1883. With thousands of young people taking part every year, it is an important way to recognize achievement, elevate youth voices, and develop key skills through creative writing. Each year, the RCS issues a theme and students around the world submit essays to their respective RCS branch. Top submissions from each country are sent to the RCS for selection of an overall winner.
In an effort to support and further educational opportunities, RCSUSA will award a scholarship to the winner of the junior and senior categories, and the overall winner from the senior category will be awarded with a trip to London for a week of educational and cultural events.
The United States participated in the essay competition in 2018 for the first time in RCS history. RCSUSA selected one winner, Sloan Berry, from the junior category. Sloan is an 8th grader from Northwest Rankin Middle School in Brandon, Mississippi. She and her mother traveled to London in November 2018 to attend a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, where they met Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.
Visit the Essay Competition page for more information. Information about the 2019 Essay Contest will be released February 1, 2019.
12014 Trafficking in Persons Report, https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/countries/2014/226844.htm
22014 Trafficking in Persons Report, https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/countries/2014/226844.htm