OneWorld Now! Programs
Arabic and Chinese Language Classes
In the US, less than 1% of high school students study Arabic and less than 3% study Chinese: OneWorld Now! offers Seattle area high school students critical languages after school during the academic school year. In addition, OneWorld Now! offers a three-week immersion Chinese and Arabic camp (held at Seattle University) for interested and eligible youth.
Throughout the school year, OneWorld Now! students participate in weekly leadership workshops. Our "hands on, hearts on, and heads on" leadership curriculum take youth on a journey through personal development, social justice & social identity, intercultural communication, global citizenship and social entrepreneurship. OneWorld Now! alumni serve as peer facilitators, along with trained staff, to lead these transformative workshops.
OneWorld Now! youth are able to put their year of leadership and language skills to use by studying abroad in the Middle East or China. A typical OneWorld Now! study abroad experience includes living with home stay families, working on service projects and continuing their formal language studies. This life-changing experience positively impacts youth who would otherwise not be able to afford studying abroad, and often opens up new possibilities for college and career options while broadening their worldview for a lifetime!
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
OneWorld Now! has been recognized as being "one of the nation's most innovative after school programs" and whose founder is an Ashoka fellow "as a leading social entrepreneur who we recognize to have innovative solutions and the potential to change patterns across society." OneWorld Now! is one of the only programs in the nation offering critical languages (Arabic & Chinese), leadership skills and study abroad scholarships to underserved youth!