CAPACITY BUILDING: NGO/Government Leaders, Social Workers
MULTICULTURALISM: College - Professional Audiences
Fostering positive international relationships are of equal importance during our empowerment initiatives. Reading and watching what happens in another person's life only tells half the story. The other half can only be told by the person that experiences those moments every day.
During every initiative, we work with local embassies, schools and cultural centers to present founder Yewande Austin's multicultural lecture-concert, "Bridging the Gap". This award-winning program takes audiences through the historical evolution of American music and popular culture from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the election of
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United States Embassy
"Bridging the Gap: Rhythms, Rhymes and Race in America"
America's first African-American President. Our "Americanness" is not the work of only one race, but many that mixed blood, cultures and cultivated new forms of expression through migration. Did you know that a European slave trader wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace"? That American Gospel music originated from Scottish Gaelic psalms? Or that Hip-Hop has been directly traced to African rituals? Through study of the social strata, race, culture and musical performances, audiences will discover that we have more in common than history books have led us to believe. Because our hearts all beat to the same rhythm!
"The world is filled with very talented people, but it is the rare few who apply that talent to a social message that addresses those searching for hope and inspiration. It is a rare opportunity for an embassy to join with an artist of Yewande's caliber."
In order to affect sustainable change in vulnerable communities, our empowerment initiatives depend on cooperative partnerships with non-government organizations, government agencies, corporations and academic institutions that are also committed to socio-economic transformation.
These partnerships afford us powerful opportunities to engage in productive discourse about country specific issues, promote
collaborations and learn viable alternative methods that can reduce the impact of poverty where leaders, advocates and local business owners live and work. Through poverty analysis, role play and practical exercises, participants will learn how to master diversity and inclusion, unbiased communication, organizational leadership and capacity building through practical application. Together, we can make a difference!