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 at four Seattle public high schools.

OneWorld Now! was recently featured in the Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer for the launch of its Arabic language program at Seattle public high schools this fall. OneWorld Now! offers after school Chinese or Arabic language classes, as well as leadership, internships and study abroad opportunities to the seventy students currently en! rolled in the program.

The program’s Chinese language pilot launched at Ingraham last year was successful largely due to community support and a grant from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. The Freeman Foundation’s challenge grant comes at an opportune time for the young organization, which has been operating on a shoe string budget. Founder Kristin Hayden says “This is exactly the kind of support we critically need right now and I trust the community will help us take advantage of this generous challenge!”

Besides OneWorld Now!’s impressive Board roaster of community leaders, the program has also leveraged partnerships with local organizations like Associates in Cultural Exchange, MAVIN Foundation, the University of Washington as well as IIPP, a special program of the United Negro College Fund. OneWorld Now! is a nonprofit global leadership program dedicated to providing language, leadership, study abroad and community service to economically disadvantaged youth. OneWorld Now! is a project of the Tides Center.

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