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July 25, 2018: Help High-Schoolers Discover What Makes a Global Career

Wednesday, July 25, 2018  
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Dear friends,

Many thanks to KC Creates for hosting the IRC at the Fringe Festival » last evening. If you weren't able to join us, you have until Sunday to participate in the 14th year of this Kansas City tradition. The arts can be an inspiring way to explore global issues, and we value our partnership with arts organizations, including KC Creates and the Owen/Cox Dance Groups, two IRC organizational members.

We hope you'll join us in a few weeks as we explore the landscape of Latin America with the Book Club's next installmentForgotten Continent by Michael Reid. Even (especially) if Latin America has not been an area of expertise for you, this Book Club discussion will offer insight into the current situation of a number of Latin American countries and how they arrived at this point. All are welcome; please see below for more information.

We appreciate the support of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and Black & Veatch, who this week signed up to participate at the upcoming Your Global Future college and career fair for high-school students seeking global opportunities. This October event will welcome 1,000 area students to Union Station to explore what sort of international possibilities await them after high school. If your business or organization would like to get involved, or if you know groups who would, please visit our website » for more information.

And a quick personal note, if you'll allow me: Today marks two years since I joined the International Relations Council. In that time, I've had the extraordinary privilege of meeting and working with so many individuals and groups – including IRC members, board members, and friends – who understand the value of growing a global perspective in Kansas City and add such brightness to our community. It continues to be my sincere pleasure to undertake this important work with you, building on the legacy of Eliot Berkley and many others, and I look forward to what's to come. If you have ideas for how we can work together, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Thank you, as always, for your support.

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 ON THE WORLD CITIZEN BLOG
This week, the World Citizen Blog looks ahead to Kansas City's possible involvement in the 2026 World Cup ». 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.

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

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 ».

Community Potluck Featuring Ukrainian 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

The Harvey Girls' Multicultural Workforce », presented by the Kansas City Public Library
Sunday, July 29 – 2 p.m. – Central Library

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

Wall of Respect: "The Big Reveal" », presented by the Jewish Community Center of Greater KC
Thursday, August 9 – 7 p.m. – Jewish Community Campus

Singapore National Day Celebration », presented by KC Merlions
Saturday, August 11 – 12:30-3:30 p.m. – Hyatt Place Overland Park

22nd Annual Eid Celebration & Annual Dinner », presented by the Crescent Peace Society
Saturday, August 11 – 5-10 p.m. – Overland Park Marriott

73rd Anniversary Celebration & Annual Meeting », presented by the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City
Thursday, August 16 – 5-7:30 p.m. – Piropos

Ethnic Enrichment Festival », presented by the Ethnic Enrichment Commission
August 17-19 – Swope Park

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

Youth Movie Night: Enemy of the Reich, the Noor Inayat Khan story », presented by Give Seven Days and KCIYA
Thursday, August 23 – 6-8:45 p.m. – Center for Spiritual Living (KCMO)

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

Strategies for IP Protection in China », presented by UMKC School of Law
Thursday, August 30 – 8:30-4:30 – UMKC School of Law

Kansas City Irish Festival », presented by Kansas City Irish Fest
Friday, August 31-Sunday, September 2  –  Crown Center

Executive Leader Summit », presented by the CGSC Foundation
Thursday, September 6 – 12-5 p.m. – Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

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

Filipino Association 50th Anniversary Gala », presented by the Filipino Association of GKC
Saturday, September 15 – 5:45-11:59 p.m. – Crown Center

Trade Mission: Mexico », presented by KC EDC
September 16-20 – Mexico City and Guadalajara

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

18th Edgar Snow Symposium: "80 Years of Exchange" », presented by the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation
October 4-6 – InterContinental Hotel

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

What Do You Owe the World?, presented by the Jewish Community Center of Greater KC
Tuesday, October 30 – 7-9 p.m. – Jewish Community Campus

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 25. 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 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 30. 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 ».