Highlights from a year of language, leadership and study abroad
A note from the Executive Director
As 2014 comes to a close, we want to share the highlights of yet another extraordinary year at OneWorld Now!. All of these opportunities and milestones were possible thanks to the support of donors like you. These photos are only a mere reflection of how your contribution has positively shifted the life trajectories of underserved high school students. As you consider your year-end giving, we hope you will be inspired to give generously, knowing that you made a difference in the lives of young people who will lead us into the future. Thank you for your support and generosity.
With gratitude, Jennifer Tanaka, Executive Director
In June 2014 our 12th Seattle cohort graduated from the program and in October 2014 our 13th cohort started their language, leadership and study abroad journey with OneWorld Now!.
This year, OneWorld Now! launched our 5th year of programming in Hawaii with the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, James Campbell High School and the Qatar Foundation International.
Our annual student-led Get Global Conference and OWN Talks series brought together Seattle and Hawaii students to tackle tough topics like climate change, animal rights and global health.
OWN Students studied abroad in Jordan, China, Morocco and Qatar in 2014.
355 Seattle and Hawaii students studied Arabic or Chinese and leadership with OneWorld Now! in 2014 through the academic year program and the summer language camps.
We said farewell to our Founding Executive Director Kristin Hayden and welcomed our new leader, Jennifer Tanaka. (We threw an awesome party!)
OneWorld Now! became a Signature Partner for the 100,000 Strong Foundation and OWN students were designated as 100K Ambassadors.
Students and alumni traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the Qatar Foundation International Leadership Week and in the Diversity in International Affairs Conference with the Council on Foreign Relations.
First Lady Michelle Obama quoted OWN alum Philmon Haile on her goodwill tour to China.
“Study abroad is a powerful vehicle for people-to-people exchange as we move into a new era of citizen diplomacy.” – Philmon Haile
A special thank you to our key supporters in 2014 who make all the above possible:
- 100,000 Strong Foundation
- Americans Promoting Study Abroad
- Century Ballroom
- Chong Wa Education Society and Benevolent Association
- CET Academic Programs
- Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
- Confucius Institute of the State of Washington
- Concordia Language Villages
- Deloitte Seattle
- Fordham Street Foundation
- Friends & Family of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens
- Global Access Pipeline
- Henry M. Jackson Foundation
- James Campbell High School
- Pacific and Asian Affairs Council
- Partners for Youth Empowerment Global
- Qatar Foundation International
- Seattle Foundation
- Seattle International Foundation
- Seattle Public Schools
- Starbucks Coffee Co.
- Starbucks China Club
- United Reprographics
- UW Middle East Center
- UW East Asian Center
- UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
- YMCA of Greater Seattle