One World Youth Project
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One World Youth Project (OWYP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in Massachusetts and currently based in Washington DC. The goal of One World Youth Project is to enhance education towards a more discerning, empathetic and empowered generation of global citizens. In 2009, One World Youth Project launched the One World Hub program, a service-learning program that trains university students to lead a global education curriculum in local middle/high schools, and to connect these secondary school classrooms with partner classrooms in other countries. The One World Youth Project global education curriculum includes the following units: cultural exchange, understanding of global challenges, community mapping, and service-learning.
One World Youth Project was founded in 2004, by Jessica Rimington who at the time was 18 years old. From 2004 to 2009, OWYP established connections between middle/high schools around the world, to foster cultural exchange between each classroom pair.
Since 2009, One World Youth Project has evolved its educational model to train university students as cross-cultural facilitators in middle/high schools within their local community. In 2009, One World Youth Project developed The One World Hub program, a program adaptable to different university campuses, which provides an intensive training in global education for university students worldwide. As of 2013, OWYP has programs in Turkey, Pakistan, Guyana, Kosovo, and in the United States.
OWYP provides a 3-semester service-learning program for university students on campuses around the world. In the first part of the program, students take part in an intensive training course, in which they learn how to teach a 21st-century curriculum using the most up-to-date technology tools in classrooms. Students also gain fluency in leading cultural exchange, community awareness and service-learning within a classroom setting.
In the next phase of the program, university students enter local secondary classrooms as teachers/mentors, to provide area youth with a global skill set.
University students have found that One World Youth Project has helped them to understand the community in which they study. According to Corey Cameron from Georgetown University, "I think that One World Youth Project is different from the other university mentor programs, because it places such an emphasis on the local secondary school students being the ones who navigate and explain their community to the university students in their own words. One World Youth Project involves a two-way street of knowledge, in which the middle/high school students really educate the university students about what life is like in their community"
OWYP has written and published two MDG guides:
- "Educator's Guide to the Millennium Development" - collaboration with TakingITGlobal
- "A Guide to MDG Action" - collaboration with Youth Service America
- National Youth Administration
- National Youth Rights Association
- Youth activism
- Youth engagement
- Youth participation
- Youth movements
- Youth rights
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- "The Vision". One World Youth Project. 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
- "Jessica Rimington "Never too Young to Make a Difference"". The Abroad View Foundation (Middlebury College). 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
- "A Visit With Jessica Rimington" (pdf). Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School. 2007. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
- "Educator's Guide to the Millennium Development Goals" (pdf). OWYP - TakingITGlobal. 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
- "A Guide to MDG Action" (pdf). OWYP - Youth Service America. 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-30.