Friday, December 19, 2014

Positive tomorrow's cultural fest

Program description: Youth LEAD Cultural Holiday Party at Positive Tomorrows; December 19, 2014

Youth LEAD (Leaders Engaging Across Differences) hosted a cultural holiday party at Positive Tomorrows, a school for homeless children in Oklahoma City. The goal of Youth LEAD is to bring together diverse teens to connect with each other, reflect on their similarities and differences and act in the community to make social change. The eager group of Youth LEADers decided that their fall semester project would be to share the joy of the holiday season with a group of young, deserving students while broadening their horizon about different cultures.

The Youth LEADers worked throughout the fall semester to plan a unique program for the Positive Tomorrows students to include food, cultural customs, maps of areas where certain cultures originated and traditional attire. The teens sought out donations from local businesses to provide gifts and cultural food for the young students. Each student was encouraged to try at least one bite of food from each culture while learning about the world around them. Foods included tamales, samosas, hummus and pita bread, Asian soda and fortune cookies. All of the participants had a wonderful time learning about new cultures, meeting people who are different from them, trying new foods and departing with a gift bag that included books donated by the Metropolitan Library System and toiletry items.

Photo Link:  Pictures by Pierce S. and Shannon Presti.

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"This Is My Wish" - Jordin Sparks

This is my wish
My wish for the world
That peace would find its way
To every boy and girl
This is the time
The time for harmony
Let love be the song
That everybody sings
I hear the sweetest sound
The sound of hope to come
Together we can bring
Good will to everyone."