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June 27, 2018: Fall Internships Available with the IRC

Wednesday, June 27, 2018  
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Dear friends,

Thanks to everyone who joined organizer Jack McLaren and session leader Bill Eckhardt at last week's meeting of the IRC Book Club. In a few weeks, the group will turn its attention to Latin America, which continues to face political and economic uncertainty. The group's discussions are always informative, engaging, and a wonderful chance to meet other members of Kansas City's international community. If you're available, please join us on Wednesday, August 15. There's no cost to attend, but we do ask that you register. More information is available below.

Before then, in July, we'll be looking through a few cultural lenses at programs with Sister Cities and Kansas City Creates. These events will help us explore how global Kansas City is. As you read more about them below, we invite you also to check out the Kansas City International Directory » – a chance for area organizations, universities, K-12 school programs, arts groups, ethnic/cultural groups, religious groups, libraries and museums, and government agencies with international connections or interests to share their information with the community. If your organization isn't listed there yet, please feel free to follow the instructions and submit your details. We'll be glad to hear from you!

Organizations continue to sign up for the upcoming Your Global Future college and career fair for high-school students seeking global opportunities, and we're so excited! Just today we heard from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival; the KU School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; and William Jewell College. We're looking forward, with your help, to offering an excellent opportunity for Kansas City youth to imagine a global future for themselves. Please do share this information » widely with your networks and click through to see how you can get involved, too.

You know how much we love working with interns – we truly couldn't do this important work without their support. We've just opened applications for IRC internships for fall 2018, and we'd appreciate your help in sharing this valuable learning opportunity with undergraduate and graduate students you know. Read more here »

Thank you for being part of this remarkable community. 

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
mhughes@irckc.org » • 816-423-2632

WEEKLY WORLD NEWS DIGEST 
Each week, the World Affairs Councils of America publishes a digest of news stories covering topics from around the world. The news digest will return next week. This week's edition focuses on Turkey, immigration in the U.S. and Europe, trade wars, Colombia's FARC, Saudi Arabia, and the New Zealand prime minister. Read more »


THIS WEEK ON THE WORLD CITIZEN BLOG
This week's World Citizen Blog is on the history of collecting international postage stamps »
We welcome blog contributions from IRC members and friends. If you are interested in writing a blog post, please review some frequently asked questions », where you'll also find out how to submit your post.

MEET THE IRC SUMMER INTERNS
Melissa Donley, Marketing Intern
Melissa Donley is currently a senior at Avila University majoring in Graphic Design. Melissa is passionate about community involvement and volunteer work. She is presently helping organize various volunteer opportunities and outreach programs through her job at Lowe's and is excited to see the store grow. In the future, she would like to continue her education with a graduate degree and study abroad for a semester and enjoy the chance to travel. Melissa enjoys painting outdoors and is an avid book reader.

 



APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR FALL 2018 IRC INTERNSHIPS

If you are a current undergraduate or graduate student who is passionate about understanding the world and contributing to meaningful local conversations that bring a global perspective to our community, we'd love to talk with you! The IRC may have an internship available that will give you valuable experience in the nonprofit sector, supplement your studies, and put your professional skills to use. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 20.  Read more and learn how to apply »
 

HELP US GET TO KNOW OUR MEMBERS
IRC members are remarkable individuals and organizations who bring considerable international experience, connections, and curiosity to our network and offer unique perspectives and contributions – in some cases, for decades! To help members get to know one another and to celebrate our members' many efforts, we've started highlighting individual and organizational members in the IRC newsletter and on the website. If you know someone who deserves the spotlight, or if you wish to share your own story, please submit this form ». We look forward to getting to know our IRC members!

UPCOMING IRC EVENTS

IRC Member Benefit
Cover to Cover with Dambisa Moyo 
– Tuesday, July 10 – 1-1:30 p.m. – via conference call
A generation after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world is once again on the edge of chaos. In Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth, Dambisa Moyo sets out the new political and economic challenges facing the world, and the specific, radical solutions needed to resolve these issues and reignite global growth. Moyo enumerates the four headwinds of demographics, inequality, commodity scarcity and technological innovation that are driving social and economic unrest, and argues for a fundamental retooling of democratic capitalism to address current problems and deliver better outcomes in the future. In the twenty-first century, a crisis in one country can quickly become our own, and fragile economies produce a fragile international community. Edge of Chaos is a warning for advanced and emerging nations alike: we must reverse the dramatic erosion in growth, or face the consequences of a fragmented and unstable global future. The IRC is pleased to be able to offer this opportunity as a benefit for IRC members. To check your membership status or register for the call, please contact contact Matthew ».

Registration Open
Global Experience: Sister Cities Film Festival 
– Saturday, July 14 – 10 a.m. – Tivoli Cinema
The IRC's Global Experience series asks, "What's your global story? Do you get the chance to share it?" Join the IRC as we attend the Xi’an and Yan’an Sister Cities Committees’ film showing of Paths of the Soul (original title: Kang Rinpoche). Following the film, there will be a post-film discussion, and then IRC attendees are invited to relocate to a nearby restaurant for lunch. Read more here »

Registration Coming Soon
Networking Hour: Fringe Festival 
– Tuesday, July 24 – 4:30 p.m. – Union Station (City Stage)
IRC networking hours give IRC members and friends the chance to get to know each other and the work of the IRC's organizational partners. On Tuesday, July 24, please join us at Union Station (City Stage) as we get to know the work of the Kansas City Fringe Festival. Refreshments provided; admission will include one button and a complimentary ticket to attend a show or gallery of your choice. Shows will begin at 6 or 6:30 p.m. and will end at 7 or 7:30 p.m.

Registration Open
IRC Book Club: Forgotten Continent: A History of the New Latin America – Wednesday, August 15 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
The IRC Book Club gives participants the opportunity to discuss foreign affairs, global topics, authors' perspectives, historical events, and their current local relevance in a respectful, engaging setting. With political and economic realities continuing to shift, Latin America will be the focus of the next Book Club meeting. This program is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested to help with planning. Please join us! Read more and register »

Registration Open
Your Global Future 
– Tuesday, October 16 – 9-3 p.m. – Union Station
Away from the borders and coasts, Kansas City-area students are often surprised to find just how many international academic and professional opportunities await them after high school. This unique college and career fair will bring together dozens of international businesses, organizations, and colleges and universities to show students just how global their future can be. The program will be underwritten by support from the participating organizations and generous Kansas City-area donors to ensure that attendance is completely cost-free for teachers and students. Sponsor packages to increase visibility and impact are available, and schools will be eligible to receive up to $200 to offset the cost of bus transportation. Read more here »


IRC
 SPEAKERS BUREAU

An incredible network of experienced professionals, travelers, and internationalists in the Kansas City metro area make up the IRC community. With this in mind, the IRC Speakers Bureau facilitates connections between these experts and local organizations, schools, and businesses who are interested in having them speak or present at their events. Many current IRC members are eligible to join the Speakers Bureau as speakers, and the service is free for IRC member organizations. Click here » to learn more, sign up to be a speaker, or request a speaker for your upcoming event.

IRC PROGRAM SUGGESTION BOX
Have an idea for an IRC topic, program, or speaker? We'd love to hear from you! Please complete this form » as often as ideas come to you, and share it with others who might be interested. We may contact you for more information, and you may see your idea in a future IRC program or publication.

OTHER INTERNATIONAL EVENTS IN KANSAS CITY
Does your business or organization have an upcoming event that could be of interest to IRC members? To have your event considered for inclusion in future IRC newsletters, please contact Matthew Hughes ».

KCUR Central Standard Live, Immigration Stories: How We Got Here », presented by KCUR 89.3
Saturday, June 30 – 2-3 p.m. – Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Sister Cities World Cinema Series: Jump Ashin, presented by the Kansas City Sister Cities Association
Saturday, July 7 – 10 a.m. – Tivoli Cinemas

Turkic Food Festival », presented by the Dialogue Institute of Kansas City
Saturday, July 7 – 11-4 p.m. – Dialogue Institute

Kansas City and Chinese Sculpture Show, presented by the International Sculpture Foundation
Friday, July 13-Friday, August 31 – Leedy Voulkos Art Center

Global Youth Forum », presented by People to People International 
Monday-Thursday, July 16-19 – 12 p.m. – UMKC

Sister Cities World Cinema Series: The Grand Promise, presented by the Kansas City Sister Cities Association
Saturday, July 21 – 10 a.m. – Tivoli Cinemas

Community Potluck Featuring Ukranian Parliamentarians », presented by Global Ties, KC
Saturday, July 28 –  6-8 p.m. – Franklin Park Pavilion

Sister Cities World Cinema Series: Still Walking, presented by the Kansas City Sister Cities Association
Saturday, July 28 – 10 a.m. – Tivoli Cinemas

Get to Know the United Nations Association », presented by UNA Women of GKC and the UNA of GKC 
Sunday, July 29 – 3-7 p.m. – Minor Park

Dinner-Dance: 45th Anniversary of Sister City Relationship Between Kansas City and Morella (Mexico), presented by the Kansas City Sister Cities Association
Saturday, August 18 – 6:30 p.m.-12 a.m.  – Intercontinental Hotel at the Plaza

India Festpresented by the India Association of Kansas City
Sunday, August 26 – 10-6 p.m. – Overland Park Convention Center

Dotteversity: A Celebration of the Ethnic Diversity in Wyandotte County »presented by the Central Avenue Betterment Association
Saturday, September 8 – 11-4 p.m. – Central Avenue Betterment Association

Latino Arts Festival », presented by Kansas City Kansas Latino Arts Festival
Saturday, September 22 – 1-6 p.m. – Lot in front of 520 Minnesota Avenue

5th Annual "Celebration of International Friendship", presented by the Command and General Staff College Foundation
Thursday, October 4 – 7 p.m. – Kauffman Center for Performing Arts

Aida Cuevas and Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlan, Totalmente Juan Gabriel », presented by Johnson County Community College
Friday, October 26 – 8 p.m. – Yardley Hall

Taste of Portugal »
Friday,  November 9 – 7-10 p.m. – The Culinary Center of Kansas City

Soweto Gospel Choir, Songs of the Free: Celebrating the Centennial Of Nelson Mandela's Birth », presented by Johnson County Community College
Friday, November 9 – 8 p.m. – Yardley Hall

Mid-America Trade Summit, presented by the International Trade Center
Wednesday-Thursday, November 14-15 – University of Columbia, Missouri


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

"Tomorrow's Peacebuilders" Award
The Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders » award recognizes groups involved in nonviolent campaigns or movements for a just and inclusive peace. Apply today for an opportunity to win $10,000 in support of your organization or movement's activities. The award, sponsored by the Program on Nonviolent Action at the United States Institute of Peace », is the first of its kind presented as part of Peace Direct’s » annual award offerings to benefit peacebuilding organizations around the globe. One representative from each shortlisted group will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the award ceremony at PeaceCon 2018 » in Washington, DC and promotion of their group’s work online to a global peacebuilding audience. Application deadline: June 30.

Call for Proposals: Educational Equity and Human Rights Annual Conference
Global and Multicultural Education (G.A.M.E.) seeks proposals for their October 5, 2018 conference at the Crossroads Academy. The G.A.M.E. Conference on Educational Equity and Human Rights will bring together educators, parents, and community members to build capacity, knowledge, and skills to transform education and improve student outcomes. The conference will offer sessions that engage participants in learning about tools, strategies, and new research for improving practices and policies to close the achievement gap and increase access to high quality education.For more information, please see the website » here or email info@kcglobalconcepts.org ».

EDC Mexico Trade Mission Trip
The EDC and City would like to continue to provide export resources to help the local business community grow internationally (95% of world’s consumers are outside of the US). Therefore, they will be leading a Mexico Trade Mission trip and partnering with other local international export organizations to assist on providing new business opportunities for companies where you will meet with government officials/key trade business organizations. Upon registering, the EDC will provide an agenda and cost information and will start setting up your company’s 1-on-1 business meetings. A 50% deposit of total cost will be requested upon commitment to secure accommodations, transportation, and key business opportunities for you in Mexico. Please click here to register ».


INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN KANSAS CITY
Do you know of a volunteer opportunity that would allow IRC members to work with individuals from a variety of countries and cultures or that focuses on international topics or global issues? To have the opportunity considered for inclusion in the Volunteer Center or future IRC newsletters, please contact Matthew Hughes ».

Please click here » to visit the IRC Volunteer Center for more information on one-time and ongoing opportunities to support the IRC and other international initiatives.

Citizenship Education Outreach & Expansion VISTA
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas seeks an AmeriCorps VISTA. The Citizenship Education Program offers three levels of civics and literacy classes, as well as interview preparation tutoring for refugees and immigrants in the Kansas City Area who are eligible to apply for the naturalization process. The center is located at CCNEK Central Office in Wyandotte County (Kansas City, KS). The purpose of the Citizenship Education Program is to enable refugees and immigrants to easily access civics and literacy instruction relevant to the naturalization process and citizenship interview test. The focus of this role will primarily be assisting the Citizenship Program Manager with increasing outreach for, and expansion of, the program. Click here for more information »

Mexican Delegation to the United Nations
Each year, 
Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls for young men and women to join the Mexican Delegation to the United Nations during the UN General Assembly meeting of September. In 2018, for the first time this opportunity is open to those Mexicans residing in the United States and, in particular, to Mexican recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Two individuals will be selected, and transportation, lodging and per-diem will be provided. No monetary compensation (such as salary) will be given. The general requirements are: 1. Mexican nationality by birth or naturalization; 2. Ages 18-24 years old; 3. Currently residing in the United States; 4. Valid DACA status; 5. Present full on-line application; 6. Present supporting documentation as indicated in the on-line application; 7. Deliver an essay related to the topics indicated in the attached document; 8. Availability to have an interview via videoconference; 9. Strong analytical skills and general knowledge of the UN General Assembly agenda; 10. Availability for on-line training, and for participating in the UN General Assembly from October 1 through 19Should you have any questions please feel free to contact conkansas@sre.gob.mx » or telephone (816) 556-0800, Ext 714.

Short-Term Host Families Wanted
Global Ties KC seeks short-term host families for students from Mexico, Senegal, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa. Dates include July 21 to August 2 and August 8 to 21. If you or someone you know would be interested in hosting 1-2 students, contact Sarah Martin at smartin@globaltieskc.org »

Immigrant and Opportunity Youth VISTA Capacity Coordinator
The VISTA would serve the immigrant and opportunity youth populations of the Greater Kansas City Area by reviewing and assessing how the YMCA Of GKC currently serves the target populations. The VISTA will also gather and assess data, identify and expand partnerships to engage immigrant communities in the YMCA of GKC, and provide analysis and information useful for grant and other funding applications. As a result of the VISTA's service, resources on breaking the cycle of poverty will be more readily available and Y associates will have a greater ability to communicate those resources. Click here for more details ».

The American Councils Seeks Host Families for Exchange Students
The American Councils »  is looking for caring host families for merit-based scholar exchange students for the 2018-19 school year. These students come from the Middle East, Central Asia, S.E. Asia, some African nations, and eastern and southeast Europe. Of all the students who apply for the programs, some 3% are accepted to come to the U.S. Students receive a stipend of $125/month for personal expenses, and host families are reimbursed up to $300 for school related expenses, including winter clothes. Interested families are invited to contact Don Marsolek, Local Coordinator, American Councils and FPA member at happyforwandering@gmail.­com », or 913-558-5791.

PREP-KC Seeks Volunteers to Mentor Students
For more information, contact PREP-KC ». To register for an opportunity, click here ».

  • Career Jumping is a fast-paced career exploration experience (set up like speed-dating) where professionals talk with 3-5 students in eight-minute increments to share their career stories. We are seeking professionals from all fields.
  • Mad City Money is a "game of life" designed to increase students' financial literacy. We are needing volunteers from all backgrounds to staff booths regarding topics including mortgage, transportation, daycare, and others. Directions for each booth will be provided to volunteers upon arrival. MCM is in partnership with the UMKC's Center for Economic Education and United Way of Greater Kansas City.
  • Career Speakers talk with students about their career pathway and how school is relevant to their future. Volunteers rotate through multiple classrooms for approximately 15 minutes each. PREP-KC is seeking volunteers from Arts, Communications, Health, Human Services, Business, IT, Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction, Trades, and other related fields for all events.
  • IGNITE are hands-on experiences to expose students to a range of careers through interactive booths. We can help volunteers create an activity. We are seeking volunteers from all backgrounds.

KC Public Library Seeks Volunteers
Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment is a division of the Kansas City Public Library’s Outreach Department, dedicated to connecting refugee and immigrant patrons and community members to resources for their success. RISE seeks volunteers for the following programs:

  • English in Action: once a week for two hours, meet with a single mentee to help them improve their English speaking skills as their Conversation Mentor. This program occurs at library locations of the participants’ choice.
  • English for Citizenship Preparation: assist instructor in weekly classes, two hours/week for 12 weeks, one-hour volunteer training session required
  • Citizen Interview Mentor Sessions: work one-on-one to prepare patrons for naturalization interview, one to two hours/week, flexible scheduling, two hours of volunteer training required
  • English-Language Learning: lead small classes (life skills, basic English speaking/reading/writing), two hours/week, one hour of training required

To learn more, please visit the RISE website » or email the team ».


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

IRC International Directory
The IRC is currently developing an online directory of organizations in the Kansas City metro area that have international connections, work, or interests. This is a resource that allows the public to identify, learn about, and contact these organizations and enrich their international experience of Kansas City. Visit the IRC website to view and use the directory ». We'd love to make sure your organization is included in the directory. If you'd like to be included, please fill out this survey ».

The Future of Constructive Engagement
Click here » for a program recording wherein Amy Celico, Robert Daly, Evan Medeiros, and Stephen Orlins discuss the Future of Constructive Engagement.


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11/27/2018
IRC Networking Hour: YMCA

1/22/2019
IRC Book Club: We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative

2/23/2019
Academic WorldQuest

2/27/2019
Save the Date: 2019 Berkley Lecture with Ambassador Paula Dobriansky

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