The start of a new school year is upon us, and One World Youth Project has been hard at work throughout the summer!
This August, we welcomed university students and OWYP Project Manager Fellows from five different countries — Guyana, Pakistan, Turkey, Kosovo and the United States — to our hometown of Washington, DC for a week of collaboration, exploration and discovery during the 2015 Annual Training Conference (known as “ATC”). In a departure from previous years, university students now took the reigns of all planning and implementation together with headquarters staff. Never before had so many training workshops been led by our own, stellar university student leaders. Students trained other students and a new generation of teacher-trainers was cultivated with oversight support from full-time staff. Students owned the success of OWYP training and knowledge transfer like never before.
Headquarters announced a digital badging partnership with District of Learning. We made plans to implement our first badge as part of a national Cities of Learning movement initiated by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and led in DC by LRNG, the DC Trust and Span Learning. OWYP has laid solid groundwork for a transformational year of dynamic programming and virtual exchange. We have also welcomed back two of our summer interns. Hope Georgantis and Fred Ghai are joining us again for another round of work this fall-winter!
Gearing Up with Summer Training
Student leaders from our Pakistan Hub share their culture presentation.
“Our vision is a just world built through the actions of empowered, discerning and empathetic generations of global citizens.” It is therefore fitting that ATC centered around cultural exchange, 21st century skills training, and readiness for the classroom.
Our university student leaders, known as Project Manager Fellows (PMFs), are key to the success of One World Youth Project. Two from each hub convened in Washington, D.C. this summer. These young leaders are confident, creative, dedicated to carrying out our mission, and eager to learn from the success stories of fellow hub members. During ATC, these student leaders shared cultural presentations, tips and collaborative brainstorms to better support OWYP success. They courageously committed, individually and as a group, to being the change they want to see in the world.
OWYP at the United Sates Institution for the Peace during the ATC.
Other ATC highlights included:
A visit to the Kosovar Embassy
A workshop on video storytelling by Intermotion Media
A “Telling Your Story with Media” workshop by media guru Barbara Semedo
- An inspiring tour of the United States Institute of Peace, and discussions with Daryn Cambridge, Megan Chabalowski, Andrew Polich and Anand Varghese.
Fall Training is Now in Session!
Now that ATC has ended, our Project Manager Fellows have returned home: refreshed, inspired and ready to begin a new semester of OWYP. They have begun FST, or Fall Site Training, where our PMFs carefully recruit, select and then train the OWYP Project Ambassadors. PMFs train and manage the weekly delivery of their hub team’s delivery of our OWYP curriculum to 6th, 7th, and/or 8th grade students in middle schools.
(1) PMF Kahliyah Legette recruits new members at the Georgetown activities fair; (2) Ernis Natrya, Fjolla Asllani & Violeta Gashi of OWYP Kosovo dive into the OWYP curriculum. (3) Oneeb Khan of the Pakistan Hub leads the inaugural FST Skype visit with OWYP Staff and fellow PMFs from around the world.
Ready, Set, Launch!
As we begin our 10th year in existence, OWYP continues to expand. Reaching more and more students every year, we continue to help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in this era of globalization. Our students are just embarking on the path to become skilled global ambassadors for the 21st century. Soon, they will begin to earn the digital badges to prove it!
Outstanding global ambassadors are:
Masters of cross-cultural communication
- Mobilizers for social change
Jefferson Academy students in Washington, DC work together in October 2015 to create an introduction video for their partner classroom.
Let this be the year to #ConnectandEngage.
From the success of our 2015 ATC and FST we know that this year is off to a good start!