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 students comprehensive and innovative after school classes in Chinese or Arabic languages, leadership workshops, summer study abroad scholarships to Morocco and China, internships and college preparation. The program serves annually over 100 students from five Seattle public high schools: Franklin, Ingraham, Cleveland, Garfield and Roosevelt. OneWorld Now! was recognized as one of four of ?the nation?s most innovative after school programs? by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
“With its focus on global leadership, One World Now can inspire students to make the most of their own lives, and to build the kind of institutions that make the world a smaller place. One World Now is building a new generation of leaders for our city, and for the world.” – William H. Gates Sr.
OneWorld Now!?s Global Leaders Dinner Series features prominent global leaders in the community and the nation. Last year?s speaker was Howard Schultz, chairman and chief global strategist of Starbucks Coffee Company. All proceeds from the Global Leaders Dinner Series goes toward supporting study abroad scholarships to Morocco and China for OneWorld Now! students.
“We are honored and excited to have William H. Gates as our keynote speaker for our Global Leaders Dinner Series,? said OneWorld Now! Founder and Executive Director Kristin Hayden. ?At OneWorld Now!, we recognize the significant value of language learning and sending our young people abroad as citizen diplomats, as well as the importance of making these opportunities accessible for everyone!Â This generation has the ability to shift the paradigm towards a new mindset reflecting one world and one human race, instead of the “us” versus “them” mentality. The Gates Foundation is a leader in its philanthropic efforts to make the world a better place and we believe William H. Gates is a great role model and global leader.”
About OneWorld Now!
OneWorld Now! provides opportunities to economically disadvantaged youth, who have historically had the least exposure and opportunities to gain language and leadership skills, and participate in study abroad programs. Scholarships are provided for eligible students. The program is open to all Seattle-area students and many students travel from other schools in the region where the program is not offered.