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 study abroad opportunity. During the participants’ senior year, they will participate in internships with local non-profits and international activities at the University of Washington. OneWorld Now!, a project of the TIDES Center, is a non-profit organization focusing on global leadership opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth, providing full scholarships for eligible students. OneWorld Now! was inspired by the tragic events of 9/11 and the urgent need to prioritize global thinking, understanding, and education. The program is the brainchild of local global-thinker Kristin Hayden, formerly of Bob Walsh Enterprises, Inc., whose own study abroad experience as a Rotary Exchange Student to South Africa as a teen “burst her bubble.” Hayden leverages her enthusiasm and international perspective with strategic partnerships with MAVIN Foundation, American Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.) and the Experiment in International Living. The program is open to all Seattle area students and will expand to additional schools as early as 2004. Ingraham was chosen as the pilot because of its commitment to global education, diverse student body and participation in the International Baccalaureate program. Board member Kay Bullitt is a proud supporter of the program, “I’m excited that OneWorld Now! makes it possible for economically disadvantaged Seattle students to become the next generation of global leaders. The focus on Chinese and Arabic is especially important today. It should also be noted that most contemporary leaders have had a significant international experience during their youth and this program offers that chance to those who wouldn’t be able to afford it.” OneWorld Now! will offer Chinese and Arabic classes in September 2003. The program is actively seeking to enroll additional Seattle-area students. Please visit: www.oneworld-now.org for applications and more information.

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