Using dance and the arts as a catalyst, along with guided reflection and online pen pal exchanges, we hope to expand participants' views about technology, their own abilities, and the opportunities in the world outside their local experience. The overarching goal of this pilot project is to afford opportunities for personal growth and economic success to at-risk students of color in Denver and Kenya who are poor and currently isolated from and marginalized by the dominant culture.
Technology skills and ability to access global connections are necessary for Kenya to become a self-sufficient and sustainable society. Students in Kenya and at-risk, students of color in the US have been ignored and marginalized by mainstream dominant culture, locally and globally. This has resulted in kids in both communities who lack confidence and who are left out of opportunities to improve their lives through personal growth and economic success.
Through connections made in this pilot project, students from Kenya and those in the under-resourced, minority communities of Denver can understand the value of self-expression, cross- cultural relationships, and that their dreams can be realized through collaboration and technology regardless of their circumstances. This project will broaden horizons for their career and life opportunities, and empower aspiring artists to become leaders within the context of this cultural exchange.
This collaborative cross-cultural project will Increase positive attitudes toward technology, global connections, and personal potential. By being part of this global dance exchange, our participants will gain confidence to participate in new activities such as global communication, cross-cultural programs, and opportunities that lead to personal growth. Opportunities such as leadership programs, penpal school learning partnerships, and online educational opportunities can lead to success.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).
Provide technology training to 48 Kenyan schools
Dance and leadership for at-risk youth
Integrates the arts into school for at-risk kids