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Monday, July 18 the students visiting from Iraq will attend a Native American Powwow by the Last Chance Community Powwow performers on the Carroll College campus. Students and staff from Montana Youth Leadership Program (MYLF) will be hosting the Iraqi students and WorldMontana staff.
MYLF is a program for high school students with disabilities. Through the program delegates develop leadership plans and skills to use within their own communities. The program also educates student delegates on the different types of disabilities and introduces them to adults living successfully with their disabilities.
WorldMontana and MYLF’s goal is to introduce both groups of student delegates to new cultures through interaction. The cultures present will be the Native American, Iraqi, and Disabled cultures. The programs hope to expand understanding and acceptance by all parties by introducing these new cultures to the groups.
The Iraq students will also attend the MYLF banquet Thursday, June 21 at the end of their summer program. The banquet will feature guest speaker Blessing Offor, 26, a blind singer/songwriter, guitarist, and pianist who was a contestant on the TV series The Voice. A dance will follow the banquet for the students to mingle and get to know one another better.
Eight teens arrive from Mexico Monday, July 19 to study substance abuse prevention. The program is coordinated by WorldMontana and sponsored by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and World Learning.
The youths are ages 15 to 17 and come from all over Mexico. They are apart of the organization, Jovenes En Accion, which translates to “Youth In Action”. The program brings teens to the U.S. to “promote global understanding between the people of the U.S. and Mexico.” The teens are selected based on their academic standing, project proposal, community service, school attendance, and knowledge of the English language.
They will meet with prevention groups, volunteer at Alive @ 5, attend the Last Chance Stampede Rodeo, and meet with the Iraqi students during their time in Helena.
During their stay, the teens each be working on an individual service project to implement into their communities when they return home. They will present their projects to their host families and members of the community Friday, July 29.