One World Youth Project

by Tuyet Ngo on Thu, 2011-03-31 12:18
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Name: One World Youth Project

Website: www.oneworldyouthproject.org

Location: Worldwide

Date Founded: 2004

Mission: One World Youth Project links schools globally in service-learning to prepare the next generation for the globalized 21st century.

 

Background and aims

One World Youth Project (OWYP) was founded in 2004, by Jessica Rimington who at the time was 18 years old. From 2004 to 2009, One World Youth Project focused on bringing the world to middle and high school classrooms making it possible for young people to learn about and communicate with other parts of the globe in depth without having to physically leave their school. OWYP connected 67 schools in 26 countries, impacting the lives of thousands of young people. In addition, OWYP participants designed and implemented over 40 service-learning projects in line with the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Since 2009, One World Youth Project has evolved its educational model to train university students as cross-cultural facilitators in middle/high schools within their local community. In 2009, One World Youth Project developed The One World Hub program, a program adaptable to different university campuses, which provides an intensive training in global education for university students worldwide.

Vision: a just world built through the actions of empowered, discerning and empathetic generations of global citizens.

Key ingredients

One World Youth addresses the challenge of globalization outpacing people’s capacity to be discerning and empathetic participants in a globally-integrated world. This capacity gap results in inequity, which can be seen manifested in harmful stereotyping, conflict, a perceived imbalance of power between the Global North and Global South and passive consumerism. These inequities will persist or worsen if comprehensive and systemic structures are not developed to increase people’s capacity to exist in a globally-interconnected world. One World Youth Project provides the solution by providing a program that works with educators and adapts to fit each classroom’s unique culture.

This includes:

Partnering with universities/colleges to establish an innovative service-learning program that empowers students as cross-cultural facilitators in local, public schools.

Providing each participating middle/high school classroom with a team of trained university student cross-cultural facilitators to lead global learning and cultural competency curriculum once a week.

Matching middle/high school classrooms with partner classrooms abroad.

Linking campuses to a global network of engaged universities, allowing for student facilitators to work together across borders as advocates for their local middle/high school classrooms.

Engaging all participants with high-level, adaptable curriculum designed to teach 21st century life-skills.

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