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Discussion Guide for “Around the World In Seattle”

In Around the World in Seattle, OneWorld Now!’s film collaboration with the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, OWN students and alumni of different cultural backgrounds show each other places that are meaningful to their unique heritages. We see a Chinese lion dance, visit an Oromo mosque, snack at a Vietnamese bakery, explore a Buddhist pagoda, learn about a performing

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Nine Ways to Give to OWN on #GivingTuesday

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

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Meet our 2015/2016 100K Strong Ambassadors

A centerpiece of the 100,000 Strong Foundation’s grassroots movement is their Student Ambassador Program, which is designed to generate greater demand for Mandarin language learning and study abroad in China across the United States.

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Reading List for International Education Week 2015

As a language, leadership and study abroad program, OneWorld Now! looks forward to International Education Week every year.

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Pitching Virtual Exchange at SVP Fast Pitch

On October 27, 2015, OneWorld Now! participated in the 5th annual Social Venture Partners’ Fast Pitch. SVP Fast Pitch is a business pitch competition for innovative nonprofit and for-profit social impact entrepreneurs – organizations that are solving today’s important social problems and making a positive impact in the Greater Puget Sound area. In its first

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OWN to Pitch New Program at SVP Fast Pitch 2015

On October 7, OneWorld Now! Executive Director Jennifer Tanaka gave a 5-minute pitch alongside 28 semi-finalists of the SVP Fast Pitch competition. The stakes: the chance to present at the 2015 SVP Fast Pitch Final Showdown on October 27th and the potential to win funding. Jennifer pitched OneWorld Now!’s latest innovation – the Global Leader

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2014 Annual Report

Year at a Glance 2014 OneWorld Now!’s 2014 report is now available.

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VIDEOS: Global Leader Breakfast Speeches

From students, staff and board, thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2015 Global Leader Breakfast with Senator Cyrus Habib. Thank you, as well, to many of you who were unable to join us but still made a contribution in lieu of attending.

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2015 Global Leader Breakfast

Support aspiring youth leaders and our transformative program on September 29, 2015 7:30–9:00am

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PRESS RELEASE: New Scholarship for Seattle High School Students to Study in China

100k Strong and Perfect World Announce New Scholarship for OneWorld Now! Students  

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A letter from a student

First of all, I just want to thank OWN for the opportunities. I want to thank you for these last two years for making it fun, enjoyable, and memorable. I have learned a lot and I will forever treasure them.

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Student Reflections on China: 2015 Study Abroad with APSA & 100K Strong Foundation

Students changed their view about the world and themselves after they came back from the China trip. They started to question more things that they used to take for granted.

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Korean joins Arabic & Chinese as OWN’s 3rd Critical Language

At OneWorld Now!, we’ve always strived to bring critical languages to students who aren’t able to access those languages in schools. After thirteen years of teaching just two languages—Arabic and Mandarin Chinese—we’ve decided to add a third: Korean.

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Seeking Visionaries, Movement Builders and Global Leaders

To become a sponsor for OneWorld Now!’s annual Global Leader Breakfast, please contact Kirsten Rogers, Director of Communications and Development at hello@oneworldnow.org or 206-223-7703.

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Student Travel Log: Week One

This summer, five OneWorld Now! students are in China with American’s Promoting Study Abroad (ASPA). APSA creates global education opportunities for youth in underserved communities and empower them to change the world of tomorrow by learning to cooperate, collaborate and innovate across national borders. They select youth from diverse backgrounds and regions in America who

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PRESS RELEASE: Film Premiere on August 27th

Have you ever wondered whether it is possible to see the world without leaving your hometown? Come find out at the world premiere of “Around the World in Seattle,” a short film that highlights the diversity of Seattle by following in the footsteps of low-income, minority Seattle youth.

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Authentic Arabic Language Materials: Teaching Tools for Your Classroom

Foreign language teachers who attend a lot of workshops and conferences end up hearing a few buzzwords over and over again: backwards design, student-centered classrooms, standards-based instruction, integrating technology, twenty-first century skills, and authentic materials, authentic materials, authentic materials. Don’t get me wrong—I like a good authentic material as much as the next teacher, and

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2015 Study Abroad Photo Contest: Prizes for the best student photos

OneWorld Now! is holding our 2nd annual Study Abroad Photo Contest! We are calling on students to submit photos from their summer language, leadership and study abroad experiences.

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Bon voyage, Alekz! Reflecting on Three Great Years

A letter from Alekz Wray to the OWN family: I’ve been with OWN for just shy of three years. Wow. It feels like I just walked into that old, quirky, colorful, and charming OWN office back in the Pioneer Building last week. How things have changed…how I have changed.

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Seattle Public Schools’ 2015 Language Lab Camp: Korean, Chinese, & Arabic for elementary students

Salaam! Ni Hao! An Yong Ha Say Yo! Do you have adventurous, curious elementary-aged kids who’d like to learn some Korean, Chinese, or Arabic but are too young to participate in OneWorld Now?  Enroll them in this fun two-week language camp–all for only a $10 fee thanks to funding from STARTALK at the National Foreign

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Working with OWN’s Heritage Learners, Part II

Four Lessons from the Heritage Language Symposium, and how they apply to OWN’s East African students

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Four Lessons from the Heritage Language Symposium, Part I

I’d never heard Arabic spoken before I started studying Arabic as a freshman in college—and I’d barely seen the script, besides tucked into the corner of the occasional photograph in the newspaper.  Most students in foreign language classrooms start out like me, with little idea about the language or culture they’ll get to know closely

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Let’s OWN this Challenge! Size doesn’t matter on GiveBIG – giving does

GiveBIG is a day for champions, bringing out the best of Seattle as we celebrate the positive impact of local non-profits. Your donation to OneWorld Now! on the day of GiveBIG will enable us to make a lasting difference in the lives of students like Winnie: “OWN is my life-changer! I have made many great

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A Solution to Bill Gates’s Biggest Regret

A letter from our language students — Dear Mr. Gates, When we recently learned that your biggest regret is not knowing a second language, we decided to extend an invitation. OneWorld Now! students would like to invite you to join our language program as an Honorary Student. Classes meet twice a week, and you can

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Get Global 2015 Inspires Students To “Be the Change”

It’s a wrap! The 10th annual Get Global Youth Conference is in the books and it will go down as one of the BEST youth-planned and youth-events hosted by OneWorld Now!.

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Residential Language Immersion Programs: Arabic, Chinese & Russian Summer 2015 Programs with STARTALK

STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages by offering students and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences. We have rounded up a list of residential summer langauge programs offered through STARTALK partners across the United States.

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Marhaba from Qatar! OWN students join QFI for annual aber educational exchange

This spring, a group of OneWorld Now! Seattle and Honolulu students ventured to Doha, Qatar on the annual Qatar Foundation International’s àber program. àber is an annual educational exchange that brings together students from the United States and Qatar in an exploration of identity and cultures through the Arabic language and the Arts.

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It’s time to get global: Schedule announced for the 10th annual Get Global

Are you ready for the 10th Annual Get Global Conference? This year’s theme – Seven Continents, One Horizon – speaks to the great diversity in our world and how we must find strength and unity in our difference as we look to the future.

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Be a Scholarship Hero: Sponsor a student to Study Abroad

To increase access for all youth, OneWorld Now! works tirelessly to be able to offer low-income, underserved students transformational international opportunities on full- or partial-scholarship. OWN has leveraged over 1.5M US dollars in scholarships in the last 13 years, sending over 300 low-income high school youth abroad on language, culture, and service programs around the

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Reflections on Dinner with the US Ambassador to China

In February 2015, The American Chamber of Commerce in China and 100,000 Strong Foundation announced a new partnership designed to further enhance US-China relations. US Ambassador to China Max Baucus hosted a reception at his residence in Beijing to celebrate.

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4 Signs Online Learning is Right for You—and 3 Signs You’ll Learn Better in a Classroom

There’s a lot of hype right now about online language learning.  But is it right for everyone?  As a classroom teacher, I’ve seen students who thrive learning languages in a classroom, but others might be just as successful learning online.

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OneWorld Now! Welcomes Three New Board Members

A letter from Herman Uscategui, Chairman of the OneWorld Now! Board: As Chairman of the Board for OneWorld Now! it brings me great pleasure to introduce three new board members to you. Each brings a wealth of life experiences and professional expertise that will help to grow and endure the OneWorld Now! mission.   

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Lessons learned from overseeing a youth-planned leadership conference

Going into my third year as the Youth Leadership Manager for OneWorld Now! I’m excited that our annual Get Global Youth Leadership Conference is right around the corner. With such a powerful leadership opportunity for our youth on the horizon, I took some time to reflect on my experience with Get Global and share some

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Advising LGBTQ Students on Study Abroad

  Because I’m a gay man working in international education, students, parents and advisors often ask for my advice regarding LGBTQ study abroad students. Should we advise our gay students to stay in the closet while studying in less accepting places? Is it OK to tell anyone to hide an orientation or gender identity abroad?

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Tips for Study Abroad in China

Born and raised in China, I thought writing travel tips for OWN students to study abroad in China would be a piece of cake. And… it turned out that I could not be more wrong.

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Celebrating Five Years in Hawaii

5th Anniversary of Language, Leadership & Study Abroad For a group of James Campbell High School students and graduates the Arabic greeting of “ahlan wa sahalan” has been added to the traditional Hawaiian greeting “aloha” thanks to global leadership program OneWorld Now!. In its fifth year of programming, OneWorld Now!-Hawaii brings its model of language,

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New Year’s Resolutions for a Better World

Make your resolutions have a BIG impact For many, the start of a new year marks an opportunity to make a change: from undoing bad habits to working towards becoming a better person for yourself, your family and the community at large. This fresh start is often accompanied by goals, aspirations, or resolutions.

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Language Learning Tips for Students of Critical World Languages

Tips from life-long language students & teachers By OWN Staff and Teachers In the interconnected world of the 21st century, being bilingual or trilingual is no longer only an asset, but a necessity.

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New Year’s Resolutions for a Better World

By Alekzandr Wray , Youth Leadership Manager For many, the start of a new year marks an opportunity to make a change: from undoing bad habits to working towards becoming a better person for yourself, your family and the community at large. This fresh start is often accompanied by goals, aspirations, or resolutions.

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Teaching in the target language: 3 Tips from OWN’s Arabic Classroom

Teaching in the target language has been one of the most challenging topics in the world of teaching foreign languages, especially when teaching high school (K12) students. As a teacher of one of the critical languages – and one of the most difficult languages – I am going to approach this topic from my experiences in

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Chinese Language Learning Tips and Tools: For language students of all levels

Chinese is called a “critical language” by the US government and academia: a language for which these is a large demand for language professionals by little supply. As the official language of Chinese schools, in 2000 there were an estimated 840 million first-language speakers plus 178 million second-language speakers. Considering roughly 1 out 6 people in

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Hawaii High School Student’s Class Project Goes Viral

Students enrolled in the global leadership program OneWorld Now! at James Campbell High School in Ewe Beach Hawaii found themselves stars this week on social media, thanks to a video assignment in their Arabic class.

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Arabic Language Learning Tools

By Sarah Standish, Academic Program Manager and Arabic Language Instructor A review of five resources to support your Arabic language learning So you want to learn Arabic, and you know there’s no substitute for going abroad and speaking to people, but that’s going to have to wait until you have some money saved up or

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The White House calls on Americans to Study Abroad “We want all Americans to recognize there is a value in studying abroad, there’s a value in engaging people around the world, there’s a value personally, there’s a value professionally and there are resources available to them.” – Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic

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2014 in Photos

Highlights from a year of language, leadership and study abroad   A note from the Executive Director As 2014 comes to a close, we want to share the highlights of yet another extraordinary year at OneWorld Now!. All of these opportunities and milestones were possible thanks to the support of donors like you. These photos

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International Volunteer Day

12/5 is day to celebrate the kindness of volunteers

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Taking a moment for gratitude

A leadership exercise to cultivate gratitude The ability to express gratitude is a valuable leadership skill in our personal and professional lives. From the latin roots gratia and gratus, meaning pleasing and favor, gratitude, quite literally, means one gives gratitude to another for having done a pleasing favor.

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15 Reasons to Celebrate International Education

A celebration of International Education Week 2014 November 17, 2014 kicked off the 15th annual International Education Week 2014, organized by the US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans

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Seven ways to celebrate International Education Week

While we like to think every week of the year is International Education Week here at OneWorld Now!, we can’t help but get excited for the many events and buzz surrounding the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ annual week dedicated to celebrating international education and exchange worldwide. International Education Week is November 17 to

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Learning from Students & Leading Through Change

Leadership Lessons from the Next Generation of Global Leaders In finding my stride as OneWorld Now!’s new Executive Director, I have noticed parallels between what we teach through our leadership curriculum and the skills and attitudes I use to lead OWN. I’m not thinking of organizational management or strategic planning; instead my mind turns to

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OWN Named Signature Partner of 100,000 Strong Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2014 OneWorld Now! (OWN) is proud to announce that it has been designated a Signature Partner of the 100,000 Strong Foundation. The Foundation is a continuation of the Obama administration’s 100,000 Strong Initiative, which was launched in 2010 by then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and now-Vice Premier Liu Yandong.

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Let’s Make the Changemakers Celebration an Even BIGGER Success!

Dear Friends and Supporters, Thanks to our amazing community, we have a great reason to celebrate. Last Tuesday’s Changemakers Celebration raised $42,845 to support OneWorld Now! students.

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A Message from our Board President

Dear OWN Friends and Supporters, After twelve years in Seattle as OWN’s Founder & Executive Director, Kristin Hayden has decided to pursue new opportunities and relocate to the Bay Area in September 2014. I know you will join me and other members of the OWN Board of Directors in wishing her well in her new

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A Message from Kristin Hayden, Founder of OneWorld Now!

Dear OWN friends and supporters: After 12 incredible years as the Founder and Executive Director of OneWorld Now! (OWN), I have made the difficult decision to pursue new opportunities outside of Seattle. I will be moving to the Bay Area in September 2014. It is my privilege to thank you for the unwavering support you

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First Lady Michelle Obama Praises Seattle-based OneWorld Now! Student in Peking Univ. Speech

First Lady Michelle Obama highlighted the experience of Seattle-based OneWorld Now! (OWN) student Philmon Haile in her speech at Peking University in Beijing about the importance of studying abroad.

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Opening your Eyes

K-12 students need preparation to deal with a rapidly globalizing world OneWorld Now! is featured in the International Educators’ cover story of the September/October 2010 issue. International Educator (IE) is the flagship bimonthly magazine of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. IE maintains the highest standards of intellectual quality, editorial excellence, and design to service its

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Kristin Interviewed on dowser.org

Kristin Hayden, the founder of the Seattle-based OneWorld Now!, faced her share of rejection while trying to get her global leadership organization off the ground. She spent two years trying (unsuccessfully) to raise grants. When things looked bleak, Hayden stayed on course by reminding herself of the importance of her vision — making sure that

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OWN Staff Kirsten Rogers Featured in “Worldview”

Kirsten talks about her work at Peace Corps and OWN Excerpt from the article: Kirsten Rogers, 27, who recently returned from a Peace Corps stint in Morocco, said that a year of intensive Evans courses afforded her the practical information in economic development she needed to help women weavers and wool spinners grow their businesses.

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Expanding Horizons

Afterschool and Global Literacy Expanding Horizons makes the case for integrating global literacy—international knowledge, skills, and perspectives—into afterschool and summer programs. (14 min., 36 sec.)

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OneWorld Now! Students Immerse Themselves in Arabic and Chinese at Summer Camp

OWN Press Release OneWorld Now!, the after school global leadership program serving mostly low-income and minority high school youth, is hosting its second annual Mandarin Chinese and Arabic immersion camp at Seattle University for the first three weeks in August. Sixty high school students from all over Seattle have committed to spending their summer to

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OneWorld Now! Hosts Inner City French Students

OWN Press Release OneWorld Now!, the after school global leadership program serving mostly low-income and minority high school youth, is hosting a group of seven inner city youth from Paris on October 30th to November 8th, 2008. The French Youth Ambassadors are on a special US Embassy sponsored trip to witness the US Presidential elections

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Creating Global Leaders

A Profile Of Kristen Hayden “Fewer than one percent of high school students study abroad and less than three percent of college students do. And just a tiny fraction of those are students of color and/or low-income students,” Hayden explains. “We have to prepare our youth if we want to be successful as a nation

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OneWorld Now! Hosts Second Annual Global Leaders Dinner Series at the Grand Hyatt in Downtown Seattle Featuring Speaker William H. Gates Sr.

OWN Press Release OneWorld Now!, www.oneworldnow.org, a Seattle-based global leadership program for disadvantaged high school youth, announced today that William H. Gates,co-chair of the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation, will be the keynote speaker for their Global Leaders Dinner Series on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle OneWorld Now! offers economically disadvantaged

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Kristin Hayden Inducted into International Ashoka Fellowship

OWN Press Release WASHINGTON, DC (November 11, 2005) For her groundbreaking work in opening up global opportunities for disadvantaged youth, Kristin Hayden, founder of One World Now!, was one of 14 social entrepreneurs from the United States and Canada inducted into a global fellowship by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public at a special ceremony Monday

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Arabic in the Schools

KPLU’s Deborah Wang reports September 11th exposed the dire shortage of Arabic language translators in the US. Since then, Congress has poured millions of dollars into Arabic programs. But are schools rising to the challenge? In part two of our Learning Curve series on foreign languages in schools, KPLU’s Deborah Wang reports.

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OWN Featured on “The Power of Voice”

KUOW Chats with Founder and Executive Director Kristin Hayden NPR KUOW.org talks with OneWorld Now! Founder and Executive Director Kristin Hayden on “The Power of Voice”.

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OneWorld Now! Hosts 1st Annual College Fair

OWN Press Release OneWorld Now!, the after school global leadership program for mostly low-income high school youth, is hosting its first annual college fair at the University of Washington this weekend. Twenty-five college and university representatives from around the United States, including Harvard, Princeton and Duke will be coming to the college fair just to

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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Grants $150,000 and National Recognition to OWN!

OWN Press Released The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation today announced the recipients of four $150,000 grants to support some of the most innovative programs in America for high-achieving students with financial need. The four programs, which are based in Washington State, California, New York, and Virginia, were chosen following a national call for proposals that

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Freeman Foundation Offers OWN $100,000 Challenge Grant

OWN Press Release The Freeman Foundation has offered OneWorld Now!, the innovative after school global leadership program for economically disadva! ntaged youth, a $100,000 challenge grant. OneWorld Now! provides a unique and comprehensive global leadership program of world languages, leadership training, internships and study abroad experience to high school youth. The program is currently offered

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Students Look Into The Arab World

They hope to understand the culture by speaking the language By MATTHEW CRAFT SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER After the last school bell rang yesterday at Roosevelt High School, students climbed the stairs to Room 221, where Saadia Al-Tahir waited for them with a cheery “marhaba.” The students said hello back to their Arabic teacher, whose dark

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Local High School Students Embracing Arabic Language

Seattle Times By Jon Savelle Seattle Times staff reporter As the fortunes of the United States and the Arab world grow ever more intertwined, the need in the U.S. for Arabic speakers becomes more acute. The trouble is, the language typically isn’t taught in public schools. Until now. A new program organized by the Seattle

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Henry M. Jackson Foundation Awards $10,000 to OWN

OWN Press Release The Henry M. Jackson Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to OneWorld Now!, the innovative global leadership program for Seattle high school students, currently being piloted at Ingraham High School. High School juniors take after school classes in non-traditional languages (Chinese, Arabic), multicultural education and leadership, and culminate their experience with a summer

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OneWorld Now!’s vision is that every young person has access to transformative international education opportunities.