Teens From Around The Globe To Meet For Cultural Exchange In Newark

BY lyanne

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About 100 teenagers from more than a dozen countries around the globe will take part in a cultural exchange with youth from Newark, New Jersey, as part of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Social Ventures for Social Development Seminar. The program took place at the New Community Corporation, 233 West Market St. in Newark.


The international teenagers—hailing from China, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Libya, Italy, Spain, The Republic of Georgia, Haiti, Ghana, Korea and other countries—participated in the seminar and Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations (UN), which is taking place this week.


The students broke up into teams between 5 and 8 students.  A youth-led discussion aimed at applying local solutions to help solve pressing global issues.   Develop a plan to execute their ideas. They are then asked. How do you identify a social needs?  How do you articulate those needs? How do you develop actions plans? How do you assess resources?  How do you assess viability ? The two best cocked plans will participate in presently their plans at the United Nation.    Additionally, the students are at the UN for 3 and 1/2 days, with their final project consisting of community activities in New York city.  FDU had approximately 80 students go through the training, and at the UN conference there will be a total of 600 students participate.  


A highlight of the program at New Community was an enactment of the Newark riots, and the community solution implemented by Monsignor William J. Linder that formed NCC.  ill involve students from each nation participating in The theme for this year’s event is “social entrepreneurship.” Included in the discussion will be how programs and facilities run by New Community produce a social benefit.  The theme this year is social bents and social entrepreneurship.  FDU have doing this program for six years. The NCCC is a great local example of organizations address community needs where the private and the public sector has not been engaged.  

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The students are selected by applying to the program, the international students usually applied as a group, while the US students applied individually.  The program fee is a few hundred of dollars, which covers room and board, and the students pay their way to get here to the US.  Many students are sponsored by home organizations.


The Social Ventures for Social Development (SVSD) is an intensive certificate-based mini-course developed and delivered by Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) with the support of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF), an organization promoting Youth Leadership capacity-building opportunities and Peace through Cultural Exchange.


New Community Corporation is recognized as one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profit community development organizations in the United States. New Community provides services in four basic areas: housing, health care, job training and education. The organization was founded in 1968 by Monsignor William J. Linder after the Newark civil unrest with the mission of improving quality of life for inner city residents to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement.

Event location: New Community Corporation (NCC) is headquartered at 233 West Market St., Newark, NJ 07103.

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