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 and live with local host families in two US host cities (Seattle & San Diego).
A French film crew will be on site to document the students’ experiences and produce a documentary film entitled “The Ambassadors’ school”. These seven underrepresented students ages 15–18 were chosen from over 150 candidates to “represent today’s multiracial and multicultural France”. This program was established and funded by the US Embassy in Paris after the second wave of French riots outside of Paris.
All of the French students will be living with a diverse group of OneWorld Now! students, attending public high schools including Garfield, Roosevelt, Franklin and Ballard, painting a mural in downtown Seattle, leading panel discussions on France’s evolving multicultural society at Evergreen State College and at OneWorld Now!.
Phuong Truong, a Ballard High School, studied abroad with OneWorld Now! on scholarship in China and lived with a host family there and is excited to be hosting one of the French students: “Before going abroad, I had no idea that people would be willing to open their homes to complete strangers and I was amazed how my host mother took me in as one of her own. I want to do the same for my French host sister!” Phuong, age 17, lives at home with four sisters and her parents and speaks mostly Chinese at home.
The French Youth Ambassadors program was made possible through OneWorld Now’s partnership with AFS, American Field Service, an international organization in 50 countries that aims to build intercultural relations around the world.
OneWorld Now! was recognized as “one of the nation’s most innovative after school programs”. OneWorld Now! exists to develop the next generation of global leaders through its innovative after school program and national advocacy campaign to provide access to study abroad opportunities. OneWorld Now! is a project of the Tides Center. For more information, visit www.oneworldnow.org.