Global Leadership Program

Language, Leadership & Study Abroad

In OneWorld Now!’s after-school Global Leadership Program, high school students can:

  • Earn World Languages credit by taking Korean, Arabic, Russian, or Mandarin Chinese two days per week.
  • Gain leadership skills and community service hours through twice-monthly Leadership workshops.
  • Earn scholarships to study abroad in South Korea, Morocco, Russia, Tunisia, or China.

Students apply in August and September; the program runs October through June.

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World Language Classes

Twice weekly, students take after school critical world language classes in Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Korean or Russian. These languages were chosen because they are less commonly taught in U.S. schools but are widely used world languages that will be beneficial for future global leaders. Students earn one high school credit per year for these classes.

Below is the class schedule for the 2019-2020 program. The schedule is subject to change each year based on demand and enrollment.

*Chinatown/International classes will be located at the OneWorld Now!’s office at 610 Maynard Avenue South. It is a short walk from the International District bus tunnel stop.


Tuition & Scholarships for Language and Leadership Programs

 OneWorld Now!’s vision is that all young people have access to transformative international education. Since its founding, OWN has been committed to making these opportunities accessible to economically disadvantaged youth, who have historically had the least exposure and opportunities to gain language, leadership skills and study abroad participation. Therefore, tuition for the language and leadership portion of our Global Leadership Program is offered on a sliding-scale based on household income.


The leadership component combines monthly leadership workshops and regular community service opportunities together with peers from across Seattle. Leadership workshops are facilitated sessions using experiential learning methods that build positive social identities, intercultural sensitivity and an expanded sense of global citizenship within each student. In the end, students realize their potential as leaders in their community and in their own life, and are empowered to do their part to make a positive change in the world. The leadership portion of OWN’s programming is based on a uniquely designed curriculum involving a series of workshops that set youth on a course toward becoming global citizens concerned with social justice and equality. The full leadership curriculum covers four thematic areas.


Who am I . . . on the inside? Learning outcomes here include the ability to slow down and examine assumption-making processes; describe negative self-talk, and emphasize opportunity over obstacles.


Who am I . . . in relation to power in society? Students gain the ability to identify multiple social identities while gaining an understanding of the systems and behaviors that allow for inequality and injustices and how we can work to counter them.


Who am I . . . in relation to other? Learning outcomes include the ability to let go of what makes sense to you to understand what makes sense to others, and the ability to find similarities while also appreciating differences.


Who am I . . . in this great, big world? Students gain a personal understanding of global interconnectedness, and an enhanced sense of responsibility to affect change, both locally and globally.

Study Abroad

Sending youth abroad is probably the most transformative experience of all the components of OneWorld Now!. Students return from these programs with an expanded worldview, a passion for pursuing additional travel opportunities, and a much clearer vision and commitment to pursuing higher education and achieving their long-term goals. The typical OWN study abroad experience involves a homestay, service learning project, and continued language study.

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