Multicultural Education

Cultured Youth Matters

The US Census research data shows that the US population will experience an unstoppable diversity explosion in the coming decades. In just three years the minority youth population in America (those under 18 years old) is expected to make up the majority of our nations youth population. Contributing to this statistic is the shift in infant births in the U.S.; minority births surpassed non-hispanic white births by 12,166 in 2015. 

While this data is informative, the complexities of the individual cultural and ethnic identity of individuals within the U.S. is far greater than this data could reveal. Fairly recent developments and study from professionals within cross-cultural fields have identified a variety of subgroups that fall under a cross-cultural umbrella. Children of minorities is just one of these subgroups. 

What cross-cultural studies, research, and experiences have shown is how our increasingly transglobal lives can affect our children; their cultural and ethnic identity is more an embodiment of where they have lived rather than where they are from. This characteristic will grow increasingly more prevalent with the increase in intercontinental living/working. 

OUR Goal

Cultured Kids is committed to supporting children, schools, and communities by creating engaging multicultural education programs that take current data and research into account. We believe that encouraged cultural exploration will hearten children to take pride in their own unique cultural and ethnic backgrounds and empower them share. Our programs provide the next generation of world leaders and global citizens opportunities to learn cultural empathy, expand global knowledge and understanding, and strengthen intercultural communication.

We are invested in collaborating with schools and corporations who are actively pursuing ways to build an empathetic diverse community for our children and the next generations. A characteristic we believe is paramount to not only improving individual social, personal, and professional success, but also to nurture their ability to serve humanity on as a whole with respect and understanding. 

Be a part of THE CHANGE

“I think we should talk more about our Empathy deficit – The ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes; to see the world through those who are different from us  […] As you go in life, cultivating this quality of empathy will become harder, not easier. There’s no community service requirement in the real world; no one forcing you to care […] I hope you choose to broaden, not contract your ambit of concern ” 

--Barack Obama (2006 commencement Speech at Northwestern University.)

 

Indeed, the United States as a whole is said to be displaying an empathy deficit...Together, these data suggest that people’s mindsets powerfully affect whether they exert effort to empathize when it is needed most, and these data may represent a point of leverage in increasing empathic behaviors on a broad scale.

--Karina Schumann, Jamil Zaki, & Carol S. Dweck Journal Article, "Addressing the empathy deficit: Beliefs about the malleability of empathy predict effortful responses when empathy is challenging. -American Psychological Association 

 

“The fact that empathy is declining means that there’s more fluidity to it than previously thought. It means that empathy can change. It can go up.”

-- Sara H. Konrath of the University of Michigan in an article presented by Scientific American

 

Ways to Sponsor

Sponsor a workshop for $195

Each one-hour workshop provides 20 children an opportunity to explore a specific global region and culture through an interdisciplinary lesson that includes hands on activities activities. 

Whether we are doing an Opera lesson to teach children about tempo, tasting and critiquing a Spanish Tortilla, or engineering our own soccer ball from recycled materials, children are engaging all their senses, enhancing their global perspective, and are building cultural empathy and understanding. 

Sponsor an After School Program for $1440

Our after school programs provide a global passport experience. Each class is brought through a series of 8 one-hour workshops exploring a variety of regions that are provided on a weekly basis.

Children become engaged in discussing real world problems (such as climate change and its affects on plants and animals), exploring music, visual arts and food, and learning about the affects geographical locations can have on a regions culture while also enhancing empathy, understanding, and respect. Each child is provided a Cultured Kids passport to collect stamps as we journey to each location. 

Sponsor a Week-Long Camp for $4000

Our camps are awesome!!! Each camp experience is based off a specific world festival. We use this festival as a launching point for cultural exploration. Each camp day will provide group meetings, daily take-home activities, time to work on a week long project and book pages, food exploration, and more. 

Whether we are building and launching rockets or learning Flamenco at our San Fermín Festival Camp or learning about the engineering and construction of hot air balloons during one of our Hot Air Balloon Festival Camps children are utilizing their creativity while also growing in knowledge and understanding of other cultures through multiple disciplines. 

 

General Donation

If you are not interested in sponsoring a specific program but want to support our work please consider becoming one of our monthly supporters. 

We are working towards a million dollar annual budget to support staff, operations, materials, and programs in both the Boston and Metro DC areas. In addition, we envision Cultured Kids making national and global presence in years to come. 

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We are eager to grow our community and our resources to extend our reach and make a greater national and global impact.

Let us know how you can get involved. 

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