Help Us Enhance Education For Cross-Cultural Youth

Help Us Enhance Education for Cross-Cultural Youth

This March my husband and I (Co-founders of CulturedKids) have the opportunity to attend the annual Families in Global Transition (FIGT) conference in Amsterdam. Will you help us get there?

Attending the conference will increase our knowledge and understanding through a variety of workshops and enable us to meet speakers and professionals that would support CulturedKids’ current research and development of our Art & Storytelling curriculum supporting Cross Cultural Kids (CCKs). A project that has been on my heart for a while and just now coming to fruition...

In September of 2017 I wrote an article entitled, "Bringing An Idea To Life". In this article I reflected on Kobi Yamada's children's book entitled, What Do You Do With An Idea? This is an incredible story for people of all ages!

Written by Kobi Yamado; Illustrated by Mae Besom

My response to reading this story - other than tears - was to reflect on how scary it is to nourish your Big Ideas. Large sacrifices are made for that sake of our ideas; money is lost, time is spent, and there is no guarantee. There is also fear to contend with; the fear of failure and the fear of success.

However, just as Mae Besom so brilliantly displays in this book, when we nourish our ideas, make the sacrifices, and overcome our fears, our ideas will not only transform us but they could have the power to impact the world.

Today, CulturedKids has an incredible team developing one of my Big Ideas: an Art and Storytelling Curriculum to support Cross Cultural Kids (CCKs). Our intention is to design a unit long interdisciplinary curriculum that proposes core standards as a vehicle for promoting social emotional health within the cross-cultural youth population.

This is our first rather ambitious project. I am constantly challenged (usually by team members) to consider the baby steps needed as we progress, I am regularly being stretched outside my comfort zone, and I am forced to see where I am weak on a daily basis. While I cannot rest on the security of knowing that we will succeed in creating a curriculum that creates the visible and tangible impact that we hope for, I do know that it will not be from lack of trying.

I am so thankful for our incredible team, without them we would not be here. I am thankful for the incredible network of professionals through Families in Global Transition (FIGT) that have supported me and our organization at each stage of our development. I am thankful for the Kleiner Wurcer foundation who are funding this project, for my family and friends who have believed in and supported me for the past three years, and for Big Ideas; without them life would be so boring.

Please consider visiting our fundraiser page to make a tax-deductible donation or support this opportunity by giving below. Your donation will strengthen the foundation of our organization and help us to make a greater impact.