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Celebrate Global Education at The World Savvy Gala – San Francisco

World Savvy GalaSAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 28, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Tickets are now available for the World Savvy Gala on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Dogpatch WineWorks in San Francisco. With the mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, World Savvy is a nonprofit organization serving youth and educators nationally from offices in San Francisco, New York, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. The Gala will bring together World Savvy’s network of globally minded individuals and raise funds to support the expansion of the organization’s programmatic activities.

The World Savvy Gala in San Francisco is one in a series of celebration events hosted by World Savvy this spring to commemorate eleven years of work in building a more informed, engaged, and globally competent generation of leaders and change-makers. The San Francisco Gala will feature an open bar of locally crafted beers by Comrades Brewery and artisanal wines from Dogpatch WineWorks, an eclectic menu of food from around the world provided by La Cocina, and entertainment from local performer DJ Kimmy Le Funk.

Dana Mortenson, the co-founder & Executive Director of World Savvy and a 2011 Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, will give an inspirational keynote speech. Guests will participate in exciting silent and live auctions for a range of exclusive items including vacation packages, spa treatments, gift certificates to premier San Francisco restaurants, and box seats to San Francisco sporting events.

Tickets are $100 for general admission. Guests also have the opportunity to purchase a “Champion” ticket which includes general admission for one plus sponsorship of one educator to attend the event. A special ticket price of $75 is available for individuals under 30. Following the San Francisco event, World Savvy will host a Gala in New York on April 25 and Minneapolis on June 6, 2013.

For more information on event sponsorship, purchasing tickets, or donating to the live and silent auctions please visit our website at http://www.worldsavvy.org/ or contact Josie Larimer at josie@worldsavvy.org or 415-813-1681.

About World Savvy:
With the mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, World Savvy prepares the next generation of leaders to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. It was founded in 2002 in response to the critical unmet need for youth to acquire global knowledge and 21st century skills and an absence of quality, mainstreamed global education opportunities for K-12 students and teachers. World Savvy’s work supports systemic change in K-12 education to provide every student in every classroom with the content knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be leaders and change-makers in their diverse communities, locally and globally. Since 2002, World Savvy has worked with over 270,000 youth and 3,000 educators, through core programming including youth engagement, professional development, customized consulting, and educational E-resources.

More information: http://www.worldsavvy.org/ .

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Thirty Students Return from Educational Program in Bangladesh to Launch Climate Change Projects to Improve Local US Communities and World

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 7, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Thirty U.S. youth leaders and five U.S. educators are set to return next Saturday, January 12, 2013, from a month-long immersion study and cultural exchange program in Bangladesh from World Savvy. The group studied how global climate change has impacted local communities in Bangladesh, and upon return to the U.S., the students will apply their new knowledge by launching climate change projects to improve their U.S. communities and the world.

This month, students will translate their firsthand experience with climate change in Bangladesh into climate change solutions in their local sphere of influence: their schools and neighborhoods. Since students observed how regional actions in Bangladesh could directly impact global sustainability, their action projects will in turn empower their local communities to change in order to prevent further global destruction.

The group of thirty students and five educators participated in a competitive application process to earn the unique opportunity to experience how climate change is affecting the environment and people of Bangladesh. The international trip was part of the American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP), an initiative sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. In partnership with the U.S. Department of State, the program is administered by World Savvy, a non-profit organization that educates and engages youth in community and global issues. Program goals include fostering mutual understanding and civic engagement among young Americans and their Bangladeshi peers, as well as empowering youth leaders to become change makers in their own communities.

While in Bangladesh, youth leaders and educators witnessed the devastation due to increased salinity from rising sea water in the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest. They visited communities that lost farmland as a result of climate change, and interviewed climate refugees in the slums of Dhaka. These experiences provided youth leaders and educators with a deeper understanding of how their actions in the United States can impact people on the other side of the world.

“Enabling students to meet individuals affected by climate change in Bangladesh helps illustrate the connections between issues, events and people, locally and globally, in a way that promotes informed, positive action,” explained World Savvy’s Executive Director and Co-Founder Dana Mortenson. “Since major issues such as the environment, economy, natural resource distribution, and immigration are truly global in scope, it is essential that we provide students with educational opportunities to view these issues from multiple perspectives.”

Last year’s action projects included: Natasha Wood petitioning San Francisco University High School to install solar panels to reduce excessive electricity consumption, Aury Hernandez lobbying for and raising funds to replace paper towels with hand dryers in Flushing International High School restrooms, and a graphic novel by participant Alisa Smith on the plight of endangered Bengal tigers living in the Sundarbans to raise awareness on the effects of rising sea water on coastal communities.

About World Savvy:
World Savvy, a 501(c)3 non-profit, educates and engages youth in community and world affairs, to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. More info: http://worldsavvy.org/ .

Editorial Contact: Liz Pankey, World Savvy International Program Coordinator; Email: Liz@worldsavvy.org Phone: 415.813.1686.

Images:
Photo 1 Caption: Kazi & Kazi Tea Estate. Left to right: Bryn Shank (AYLP participant), a local tea farmer and Sofia Siqueira (AYLP participant).

Photo 2 Caption: The AYLP cohort meets with women workers on the Kazi & Kazi Tea Estate.

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New Study Among 18-24 Year Olds Shows Conspicuous Lack of Global Competency Skills Necessary for 21st Century Global Economy

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 12, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A recent study of 18-24 year old American high school graduates commissioned by education nonprofit World Savvy (www.worldsavvy.org), with support from the International Baccalaureate Organization (www.ibo.org), shows a desire among young people to learn more about global topics, but a conspicuous lack of instruction within American schools to satisfy these needs. The resulting lack of global competency skills can make it difficult for young Americans to thrive in an increasingly global economy.

“There is no question that the shifting demands of an interconnected, interdependent global economy and society requires that graduates are globally competent; knowledgeable about the world, capable of thinking creatively and critically about problems, and adept at working collaboratively with a diverse group of people to find solutions,” remarked Dana Mortenson, Co-Founder and Executive Director of World Savvy, the nonprofit organization responsible for commissioning the study. “It is imperative that we create learning environments that prioritize and cultivate this kind of global experience, if we want students to truly be college and career ready. Through exposure to a range of educational programs which develop global competency, World Savvy students have this kind of preparation.”

Young Americans see the value in learning globally; there is a high demand among young adults for global competency education.
* 80 percent of those surveyed believe that jobs are becoming increasingly international in nature.
* 60 percent say they would be better employees if they had a better understanding of different world cultures.
* 86 percent agree that a solid foundation in world history and events is crucial in coming up with solutions to the problems in the world today.
* Nearly 90 percent believe that developments abroad can have significant implications on the U.S. economy.
* 79 percent say that it is important in today’s world to be comfortable interacting with people of different cultural backgrounds (on par with the perceived importance of writing skills [78 percent], technical skills [76 percent] and math skills [77 percent]).

Global issues are not regularly discussed in school:
* While the vast majority respondents see the importance of global literacy, 48 percent actively disagree with the statement that their 6th-12th grade education provided instruction that helps them to understand the roots of global issues that affect their lives today.
* 63 percent indicated that they did not discuss world events in their high school classes.
* Only a little over half (54 percent) think that their high school teachers incorporated a global perspective into their curriculums.

As a result, the majority of young Americans cannot accurately answer questions related to important contemporary global issues. For example:
* 78 percent of students do not know that Mandarin is the most commonly spoken language in the world; 45 percent thought it was English.
* 77 percent of respondents cannot correctly identify Canada as the U.S.’s largest trading partner.
* 72 percent of students surveyed cannot identify which region Afghanistan is located in.
* Fewer than half know that Libya is located in northern Africa.

Data suggests a relationship between global event discussions in high school and future interests/behaviors. Those who discussed world events in their high school classes were more likely to report that they:
* Regularly or often discuss news and world events with other people (+21 percent).
* Actively seek out news and information about world events (+17).
* Vote in local and national elections (+14 percent).
* Received a very well rounded and useful high school education (+13).
* Diversity is an asset (+9 percent).
* Volunteered to support a cause they believe in (+8 percent).
* Are curious about the world around them (+8 percent).
* Believe developments abroad can have significant implications on the U.S. economy (+8 percent).
* Believe that what happens in the US affects people around the globe (+7 percent).

This suggests that exposure to global competency education in high school helps to inspire young adults to stay abreast of world events, be active in their communities, and understand the interconnectivity of global economies.

The Global Competency Poll was conducted by Colligan Market Research between June 29th and July 6th via an online survey among 502 respondents. In order to qualify for this study, respondents had to indicate that they were between the ages of 18-24 year olds, had attended high school in the United States, and had graduated from high school or obtained a GED. The survey included quotas to ensure that the demographics of this audience (gender, age distribution, college enrollment, etc.) matched that of U.S. population of 18-24 year olds.

The full scope of study findings can be found at http://worldsavvy.org/about/why-need/world-savvy-g… .

About World Savvy:
World Savvy educates and engages youth in community and world affairs, to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. World Savvy has offices in New York, San Francisco and Minneapolis and has reached more than 250,000 students and 2,000 teachers since founding. To learn more, visit http://www.worldsavvy.org/ .

To learn more about this survey or World Savvy global education programs, contact:
Editorial Contact: Dana Mortenson, World Savvy Executive Director
Email: dana@worldsavvy.org Cell Phone: 415.271.1388.

About the International Baccalaureate Organization:
Founded in 1968 the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a not-for profit foundation, which offers four high quality and challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of schools. For over 40 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for their rigour and high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalised 21st century, and for helping to develop citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Currently there are more than 1 million IB students at nearly 3,500 schools in over 145 countries. To learn more, please visit http://www.ibo.org/ . Contact: Robin Khan, Communications and Marketing Manager; Email: robin.khan@ibo.org Direct: 301-202-3172.

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Party for a Cause with World Savvy in Minneapolis on May 17, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., May 1, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Celebrate a decade of global education programs with World Savvy on May 17, 2012 at the RSP Architects in Minneapolis. The Celebration is the premier fundraising event in support of World Savvy’s mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, preparing them to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century.

The Celebration in Minneapolis is the last in a series of celebration events hosted by World Savvy this spring to commemorate a decade of work in building a more informed, engaged, and globally competent generation of leaders and change-makers. World Savvy has reached more than 250,000 youth and 2000 teachers. The Minneapolis Celebration will feature entertainment by Sublime Curve, an open bar featuring craft beer from Finnegan’s, and global fusion cuisine provided by D’Amico Catering.

Dana Mortenson, the co-founder and Executive Director of World Savvy and a 2011 Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, will give an inspirational keynote speech. Guests will participate in exciting silent and live auctions for a range of exclusive items including vacation packages, exclusive behind-the-scene tours, gift certificates to premier Minneapolis restaurants and limited edition designer jewelry.

Tickets are $100 for general admission. Guests also have the opportunity to purchase a “Champion” ticket which includes general admission for one plus sponsorship of one educator to attend the event.

For more information on event sponsorship, purchasing tickets, or donating to the live and silent auctions please visit http://worldsavvy.org/donate/10th-Anniversary-Celebrations/ or contact Charmagne Campbell-Patton at charmagne@worldsavvy.org or 612-564-6938.

About World Savvy:
With the mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, World Savvy (www.worldsavvy.org) prepares the next generation of leaders to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. It was founded in 2002 in response to the critical unmet need for youth to acquire global knowledge and 21st century skills and an absence of quality, mainstreamed global education opportunities for K-12 students and teachers.

World Savvy’s work supports systemic change in K-12 education to provide every student in every classroom with the content knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be leaders and change-makers in their diverse communities, locally and globally. Since 2002, World Savvy has worked with over 250,000 youth and 2,000 educators, through core programming including youth engagement, professional development, customized consulting, and educational E-resources.

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Celebrate A Decade of Global Education Programs with World Savvy in New York

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., April 16, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — World Savvy will host a 10-Year Anniversary Celebration to commemorate a decade of global education programs on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the Astor Center in New York. The Celebration is the premier fundraising event in support of World Savvy’s mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, preparing them to learn, work, and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century.

The Celebration in New York is one in a series of celebration events hosted by World Savvy this spring to commemorate a decade of work in building a more informed, engaged, and globally competent generation of leaders and change-makers. World Savvy has reached more than 250,000 youth and 2000 teachers. The New York Celebration will feature entertainment from a special musical guest performer, an open bar featuring wine from The VINe Portfolio, and global fusion cuisine provided by Sushi Samba.

Dana Mortenson, the co-founder and Executive Director of World Savvy and a 2011 Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, will give an inspirational keynote speech. Guests will participate in exciting silent and live auctions for a range of exclusive items including vacation packages, exclusive behind-the-scene tours of major cultural institutions, gift certificates to premier New York restaurants, and limited edition designer jewelry.

Tickets are $125 for general admission. Guests also have the opportunity to purchase a “Champion” ticket which includes general admission for one plus sponsorship of one educator to attend the event. Additional World Savvy 10-Year Celebration events will take place in San Francisco on April 26 and Minneapolis on May 17, 2012.

For more information on event sponsorship, purchasing tickets, or donating to the live and silent auctions please visit http://worldsavvy.org/donate/10th-Anniversary-Celebrations/ or contact Carissa Johnson at carissa@worldsavvy.org or 718-878-6433.

About World Savvy:
With the mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, World Savvy prepares the next generation of leaders to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. It was founded in 2002 in response to the critical unmet need for youth to acquire global knowledge and 21st century skills and an absence of quality, mainstreamed global education opportunities for K-12 students and teachers.

World Savvy’s work supports systemic change in K-12 education to provide every student in every classroom with the content knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be leaders and change-makers in their diverse communities, locally and globally.

Since 2002, World Savvy has worked with over 250,000 youth and 2,000 educators, through core programming including youth engagement, professional development, customized consulting, and educational E-resources. More information: http://www.worldsavvy.org .

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Thirty Students Launch Projects to Improve Community and World After Participating in Educational Program and Studying Climate Change in Bangladesh

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 3, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Thirty youth leaders from the San Francisco, New York and Minnesota areas are implementing social action projects designed to help their communities in particular and the planet in general, says nonprofit World Savvy. The projects are the students’ way of sharing the knowledge they gained after participation in an innovative one-month immersion trip to Bangladesh to study climate change.

In these impactful projects, students are fusing their first-hand experiences in Bangladesh to their respective local communities in the United States. Since students observed how regional actions could have a direct impact on global sustainability, their action projects will empower their local communities to make a change in order to prevent further global destruction.

In December 2011, thirty youth leaders and five educators from across the United States earned the unique opportunity to experience how climate change is affecting the local environment and community in Bangladesh firsthand. The international trip was part of the American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP), an initiative sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and global education nonprofit World Savvy.

The program is administered by World Savvy (www.worldsavvy.org), a non-profit organization that educates and engages youth in community and global affairs. Program goals include fostering mutual understanding, respect, and civic engagement among young Americans and their Bangladeshi peers.

“Enabling students to meet individuals affected by climate change in Bangladesh helps illustrate the connections between issues, events and people, locally and globally, in a way that promotes informed, positive action,” explained World Savvy’s Executive Director and Co-Founder Dana Mortenson. “Since major issues such as the environment, economy, natural resource distribution, and immigration are truly global in scope, it is essential that we provide students with educational opportunities to view these issues from multiple perspectives.”

While in Bangladesh, youth leaders and educators witnessed the devastation in the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest, and additionally, visited communities that lost farmland as a direct result of climate change. These and many other first-hand experiences provided youth leaders and educators with the understanding that our actions in the United States can have an impact halfway across the world.

After traveling to Bangladesh, Natasha Wood (San Francisco University High School, San Francisco, CA) realized how poverty in Bangladesh and in the world could be decreased by better allocating natural resources. Inspired by this epiphany, she is working to install solar panels in her school in order to decrease excessive consumption. Aury Hernandez (Flushing International High School, Queens, NY) is also focusing on decreasing consumption at his school through lobbying for and raising funds to replace paper towels with hand dryers in school restrooms.

Filip Kostanecki (Wayzata High School, Plymouth, MN) is addressing the lack of awareness amongst his peers in the Minnesota area about climate change by developing an informational website that will also include local events related to climate change that students can attend. Filip is hoping that his website and the events that he is recommending will inspire students to learn more about global issues and encourage them to be more involved in the local and global community.

About World Savvy:
World Savvy educates and engages youth in community and world affairs, to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. Learn more at: http://www.worldsavvy.org .

* Photo Caption: From left to right: American Youth Leadership Program participants Steven Torrisi, Tania Ahmed, educator Linda Stern, Judy Yang, Amirah Birt, and Aury Hernandez at the closing ceremony of their month in Bangladesh.

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World Savvy 10-Year Anniversary Celebration to Commemorate a Decade of Global Education Programs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 2, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Tickets are now available for the World Savvy 10-Year Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco. With the mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, World Savvy is a nonprofit organization serving youth and educators nationally from offices in San Francisco, New York, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. The Celebration will bring together World Savvy’s network of globally minded individuals and raise funds to support the organization’s mission and programmatic activities.

The Celebration in San Francisco is one in a series of celebration events hosted by World Savvy this spring to commemorate a decade of work in building a more informed, engaged, and globally competent generation of leaders and change-makers. World Savvy has reached more than 250,000 youth and 2000 teachers. The San Francisco Celebration will feature entertainment from the beloved San Francisco band Jazz Mafia, an open bar with signature drinks of the evening, and an eclectic menu of food from around the world provided by La Cocina.

Dana Mortenson, the co-founder & Executive Director of World Savvy and a 2011 Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, will give an inspirational keynote speech. Guests will participate in exciting silent and live auctions for a range of exclusive items including vacation packages, spa treatments, gift certificates to premier San Francisco restaurants, and limited edition designer jewelry.

Tickets are $150 for general admission. Guests also have the opportunity to purchase a “Champion” ticket which includes general admission for one plus sponsorship of one educator to attend the event. Additional World Savvy 10-Year Celebration events will take place in New York on May 3rd and Minneapolis on May 17th. For more information on event sponsorship, purchasing tickets, or donating to the live and silent auctions please visit http://worldsavvy.org/donate/10th-Anniversary-Celebrations/ or contact Edward Wang at Edward@worldsavvy.org or 415-813-1686.

About World Savvy:
With the mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, World Savvy prepares the next generation of leaders to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. It was founded in 2002 in response to the critical unmet need for youth to acquire global knowledge and 21st century skills and an absence of quality, mainstreamed global education opportunities for K-12 students and teachers.

World Savvy’s work supports systemic change in K-12 education to provide every student in every classroom with the content knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be leaders and change-makers in their diverse communities, locally and globally. Since 2002, World Savvy has worked with over 250,000 youth and 2,000 educators, through core programming including youth engagement, professional development, customized consulting, and educational E-resources.

More information: http://www.worldsavvy.org .

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