Why is a program like My World needed?
Young people today graduate high school needing to compete in a global society. They require skills that will prepare them to operate and excel within their multicultural neighborhoods and workplaces. In order to navigate this interconnected world, “young people the world over need more innovative thinking skills, cultural awareness, higher-order cognitive skills, and sophisticated communication and collaboration skills than ever before” (Suarez-Orozco & Sattin, 2007, p58). In short, they will need to become Global Citizens.
How long is the program?
Phase 1 of our program runs Jan-May each year. Atlanta area teens 13-17 yrs old are invited to apply. We meeting twice a month for workshops and local field trips and travel to Washington, DC, over Spring Break. Students who successfully complete Phase 1 are invited to participate in Phase 2, International Travel and PeaceJam Conference.
How much does it cost to participate?
There is no charge for workshops and local field trips. Students are selected without regard to financial status. However, students and their families are responsible for fundraising or contributing $100 to cover food and souvenir costs during the Washington, DC, trip. Students participating in Phase 2 cover at least half of their travel expenses for the International trip.
What is the application process?
Applications are accepted year round, please fill out both the student and parent forms under our Apply tab. Deadline for applying for our 2018 Cohort is, October 13, 2017. Qualified students will be selected to interview.
Who can participate?
My World recruits 13-17 year old teens from all over the Atlanta metropolitan area. We welcome all participants male and female, from all cultures, ethnicities and faiths. Students must have demonstrated leadership potential, inquisitiveness, maturity, and commitment to their community. Program participants attend a variety of public, private, charter and home schools in the greater Atlanta area and come from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds.
What Leadership Opportunities are available to students?
We strive to create opportunities for students within our program and connect students with other opportunities. Working in collaboration with area youth serving organizations we recommend students for leadership positions like camp counselors or community youth delegations. Our students are also invited to serve on the My World Advisory Board and become peer program leaders. Additionally students who complete Phase 1 of our program become eligible for international travel scholarships.
Where do we travel and why?
Our Washington, DC trip over Spring Break provides an opportunity for all of of our students to travel regardless of citizenship. Participants put their global citizen skills to practice on a National level while engaging with the federal government. Community service work in the Capital and experiencing places and history only read about in class empowers students with the knowledge that they can make a difference. Internationally we focus our travels on Asia, Africa and the Middle East, providing opportunities for engagement in regions American students travel to least according to the Institute of International Education’s recent study. Students have been to UAE, Senegal and Malaysia.
Where can I donate?
Visit our Donate Page to donate online.
Are contributions to My World tax deductible?
My World is a program under the Atlanta Community Mentoring Organization, a 501(c)3 organization, therefore all contributions are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.