The Norfolk Sister City Association
Young Global Citizens Program
The Norfolk Sister Cities Young Global Citizens program is inspired by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which has presented the following core competencies that have emerged as likely outcomes of global citizenship education:
♦ understanding of specific global issues and trends, and knowledge of and respect for key universal values (e.g., peace and human rights, diversity, justice, democracy, non‐discrimination, tolerance);
♦ critical, creative and innovative thinking, problem‐solving, and decision‐making;
♦ empathy, openness to experiences and other perspectives, interpersonal/communicative skills, and aptitude for networking and interacting with people of different backgrounds and origins;
♦ desire and abilities to launch and engage in proactive global citizenship efforts.
Norfolk Sister City Association has developed the Young Global Citizens program in keeping with our organization’s mission to advance understanding, friendship, and cooperation between the people of Norfolk, Virginia and its international sister cities.
This is accomplished through partnerships with after school and summer enrichment programs introducing youth to the UNESCO concepts and more.
The elements are:
1. Inbound Sister City exchange students and adults sharing their culture and global views.
2. Outbound education and cultural exchange visits to our Sister Cities funded by donations and sponsorships.
3. Former local outbound exchange students who can share their experiences and insights with both students and adults in Hampton Roads.
4. A program of global citizenship readings, videos, art and music as well as web-based content, including virtual exchanges.
5. Following successful completion of a program (with or without an outbound exchange), youth will be awarded the status of “Global Citizen” by the Norfolk Sister City Association with the appropriate community recognition.
The Inaugural Young Global Citizens Program
at Richard Bowling Elementary
It was the Passage to France for 50 after-school program students in grades 3-5 at the at Richard Bowling Elementary in Norfolk
On Monday, April 22nd, the students were prepared with a two-hour presentation and hands-on activities with Children’s book author, Cathy Scherer from our Board of Directors. That session introduced them to the geography and everyday life in France. See pictures here: (To access picture viewer, click first picture and use arrows at the bottom of the page)
On Wednesday, a delegation of Sister Cities visitors from Toulon and Marseille engaged the students in the language, art, cuisine and games of France. Click here to see pictures.
Future YGC activities are planned during the Summer of 2015 with inbound youth delegations from Toulon, France and Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Also, a renowned pianist from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines is scheduled to perform a Young Global Citizens concert at a summer enrichment program in early July.