OWN Named Signature Partner of 100,000 Strong Foundation

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. The Foundation was established on the premise that the U.S.-China relationship is the most important bilateral relationship in the world, and that we must ensure that our next generation of leaders has the skills to manage it effectively.

Each year, the 100,000 Strong Foundation designates a handful of organizations as Signature Partners. These organizations share the goal of increasing the number and diversity of Americans learning Mandarin and studying abroad in China, and also serve as models for other organizations and communities around the country. The partnership with OWN builds on previous collaboration in the Seattle Strong Initiative, launched in 2011 with the backing of the City of Seattle, Seattle Public Schools, and former U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke.

OWN’s unique programming of language, leadership, and study abroad for underserved high school youth is key in ensuring that the emerging generation of leaders is both globally prepared and representative of our nation’s diversity.

Students who have learned Mandarin Chinese and studied abroad in China through OWN’s programming have served as 100,000 Strong Student Ambassadors in past years. This includes OWN alumnus Philmon Haile, whom First Lady Michelle Obama referenced earlier this year in a speech at Peking University about the importance of studying abroad. Through the new Signature Partnership, even more Seattle-area students will gain access to other academic and professional development opportunities that will prepare them to be part of building stronger U.S.-China relations.

Contact: Jennifer Tanaka, Executive Director
(206) 223-7703 | jennifer@oneworldnow.org