In a time when issues of cultural intolerance and discrimination are at their peak, Global Minds was developed to create meaningful relationships between native English speakers and ESL students. This program serves as an educational support system for ESL students and further educates native English speakers about other cultures, in the hope of creating more globally minded young leaders.
In the first 100 days, we plan to launch a consistent weekly program building friendship between ESL and native English speaking students at a local high school. Through activities, homework help and group discussions, both native English speakers and ESL students will overcome prejudice and stereotypes in order to achieve respect and understanding. Instead of isolation and alienation, Global Minds will link all students together. With the 100 Days funds, we will be able to provide essential technology to ESL students, bring in guest speakers, fund field trips, purchase general supplies and create a pilot program that can potentially expand to other ESL magnet schools. The fact that our program is student driven is very important. The student leadership is dedicated to engaging their peers in a meaningful service learning program that will make a powerful impact! Students will have the opportunity to share what they have learned with other students across the curriculum, meaning that Global Minds will reach every student in some way!
If we all share our goals, concerns and opinions, we can work together to achieve a cohesive and inclusive community. We have English as a second language students (ESL) engaged that come from over 20 different countries and speak 16 different languages; this diversity is amazing and all students should see it as a great strength! It is my responsibility as an American, native English speaker and global citizen to stand up for those without a voice and use my skills to positively impact my student community. 100 days of changing minds. 100 days of changing the world!