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Name of Program: ___World Cultures Youth Experience_

The United States of America is in the midst of a major demographic surge in immigrant populations from South America and Asia, while the “Baby Boomer” popula-
tion is contributing to the graying of America. There are challenges created by multiple languages and cultures, in schools, the workplace, communities and neighbor-
hoods. Preparing young people to make positive experiences out of these challenges is the goal of the World Cultures Youth Experience. The World Cultures Youth
Experience will provide youth with experiences in immersing in a new language, culture, foods, and music. They will also interact with youth who have immigrated to
America and gain a better understanding of their experiences and difficulties assimilating into life in America. This interaction and shared experience will help immi-
grants and non-immigrants to have a better understanding of eachother.


Activities Participation Short Medium Longer term

Collaborations with Demonstrate that your In its pilot year youth will Valuable results are Better awareness of What kind of impact
ECD and Youth Educa- issue is actionable come from within Marion meaningful and measur- difficulties immigrants can result if the par-
tors in Marion County; County/Indianapolis and able. Demonstrate this to America and visitors ticipants behave or
The Multi-Ethnic New work products are adjoining counties, but as perspective in the Out- to another culture face. act differently after
Group; The Indiana resources or programs capacity and experience comes/Impact section. participating in the
Foreign Language that give us new capac- increases, youth from other Clarify short, medium and They will learn about program?
Teacher’s Association ity to address issues. parts of the state y be in- longer term outcomes. environmental and eco-
(IFLTA), and others will So, new work products vited. nomic issues faced by Inspire further learn-
help create important could be curricula, pub- Understand the cultural America, such as what ing about other cul-
links to organizations in lications, web re- Participation will be open to values and differences of will be important demo- tures and languages.
Indiana statewide. This sources, interactive a mix of non- immigrant another culture(s) and graphic changes for It is hoped that some
project will focus first discussions (blogs), and immigrant youth. how they impact relation- their generation? Aging will choose to travel
on Central Indiana in etc. New work products ships between people. and the growth of the abroad. Information
Indianapolis and coun- could also be compre- Ages of youth will range Hispanic/Latino popula- for Exchange and
ties bordering Marion hensive programs that from ages 13 to 16. The Develop interpersonal tion will create different Travel programs for
County, but the goal integrate a variety of first training group will be skills while working to- challenges and oppor- youth available will
when the program is educational resources limited to not more than 25 gether on conservation tunities over the next be made available.
established would be to to address an issue. youth. In future years this projects. 30 years and beyond. Improvement of indi-
expand and/or support may expand based on in- vidual ability to inter-
others to plan for meet- terest and resources for the How other countries act, befriend and
ing their needs in other program. around the world work with people
parts of the state, via change?. This knowl- from different cul-
networking and access edge and experience tures and back-
to ideas and resources. will help them develop grounds.
a worldview that looks
beyond their local com-
Activities Participation Short Medium Longer term

Collaborators will be A series of interactive Workforce preparation in A pre and post assessment
invited to join the workshops and a retreat terms of learning to work (not a test) regarding cross-
World Cultures Ex- (s) will take place be- with people from diverse cultural competency will be
perience Facebook tween winter of 2010 cultural backgrounds administered. Focus groups
Group to share ideas and early summer of and whose first lan- will also be conducted at the
and information that 2010. They will be used guage may not be Eng- outset of the program and at
will help in guiding to help youth and adult lish. the finish.
development of activi- participants to create a A World Cultures Blog will
ties,curriculum and “community” or “village” Learn or expand lan- be developed to give partici-
original activities will experience. guage ability in a foreign pants a place to interact and
be developed for parts language. reflect as they complete dif-
of the youth experi- Workshops will cover a ferent workshops. It will also
ences, as well as us- variety of topics to help Develop a positive defi- continue to be available as
ing well established participants learn about nition of “community” they move on and can put
simulations and train- environment and their and the importance of their experiences and new
ing methods used by world. For example, on a community in different relationships to use.
organizations such as specific issue such as parts of the world.
Heifer International “global warming” it could
and Peace Corps. look at how it may im-
Share Point and new pact different places in
website features with the world and how differ-
Purdue Extensions ent cultures are respond-
websites will also be ing.
utilized to communi-
cate and share infor- Another workshop may
mation. provide opportunities for
Adult volunteers will non-immigrant youth and
be recruited to serve immigrant youth to inter-
as host families and act and share their ex-
create a Global Vil- periences with one an-
lage experience. other, so that they can
understand the chal-
lenges each face.

Activities Participation Short Medium Longer term
A World Cultures Blog
will be developed to
give participants a
place to interact and
reflect as they com-
plete different work-

Curriculum and origi-

nal activities will be
developed for parts of
the youth experi-
ences, as well as us-
ing well established
simulations and train-
ing methods used by
organizations such as
Heifer International
and Peace Corps.