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July 4, 2018: For When You Get Back

Wednesday, July 4, 2018  
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Dear friends,

Happy Fourth of July! All of us at the International Relations Council extend our best wishes to you as we mark this anniversary of American independence. We'll have more to share with you next week, but, for now, please do take a look at the calendar and international opportunities listed below.

We hope you enjoy this special time with family and friends.

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. 


NEW AND RENEWING IRC MEMBERS
We'd like to express our thanks to the following individuals and organizations for joining or renewing their membership with the IRC in the month of June. If you would like to learn more about becoming an IRC member, please visit our website » for more information.


THIS WEEK ON THE WORLD CITIZEN BLOG

This week's World Citizen Blog is on the growing Cuban immigrant presence in Kansas City »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

Reidel Rodriguez Ruedas, Community Intern
Reidel will be a senior in the fall of 2018 at the University of Kansas, majoring in Global and International Studies with a concentration in Latin America and a minor in Business. He is a member of the International Relations Council and values the impact of this organization on not only local people but others from around the world. Rey is passionate about real estate and helping people with their needs. He has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity several times through KU and on his own. He has worked closely with his sister in real estate, which has set the foundations for him to be an AirBnb host today. He has hosted and exchanged experiences with many people from around the world. In the future, he wants to pursue global and international jobs in the States or abroad where he will meet more people and extend his skills as a bilingual Spanish-English speaker.

 

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 ».

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 Missouri, Columbia


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
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. Apply by Saturday, August 25Click 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 19. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact conkansas@sre.gob.mx » or telephone (816) 556-0800, Ext 714.

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. Apply by Monday, July 30Click 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 ».


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