Providing students with life-changing cultural experiences and preparing them to succeed in today’s fast-paced, global world is part of IEM’s commitment to building a better future. This July, making a real difference in the future of young people reaches new heights for IEM.
From July 3 to July 11, a group of ambitious, motivated high school students from the San Francisco Bay Area traveled to China on an IEM-organized cultural immersion tour. The program was specifically designed to expand students’ worldview while enhancing their leadership skills. Students participated in various educational sessions focused on the Chinese language, history, customs and traditions. In addition, the tour offered a unique opportunity to visit three exciting cities: Xi’an, Shanghai and Beijing, and participate in guided excursions to such popular sites as the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, The Bund, Shanxi Museum and the Beijing Zoo.
“The IEM cultural immersion tour is the first of its kind for the Young Scholars Program. Each year, we take more than 150 students to various parts of the United States. This year, through collaboration with IEM, our students were presented with a life-changing opportunity to explore the world beyond the borders of their home country. In today’s global environment, it is important that students understand the importance of building bridges across cultures. What better way to prepare students for college than to teach them cultural sensitivity and global understanding through a first-hand international exposure?,” said Ms. Rushing, who accompanied students on the program to China.
Founded in 1999 by Ms. Jacqueline Rushing, Young Scholars Program is a college preparatory and leadership development program for African-American high school students. For the past ten years, the program has tutored, mentored and provided study skill support and scholarships to help underrepresented students get into college, including some of the Ivy League schools.
IEM looks forward to continuing its partnership with Young Scholars Program and presenting deserving high school students with more opportunities to study abroad in IEM locations.