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Virtual Exchange Sparks Internship Opportunity for San Antonio High-Schooler
Partners of Community of Welcome share their hearts by assisting refugees as they resettle into the rhythms of being San Antonians. Together, we build relationships and utilize local resource networks to help our new neighbors adjust to their new homes. Community of Welcome works as a partner group to welcome our new neighbors by providing a broad-based foundation.
The City of San Antonio and Culturingua will host the second annual San Antonio Welcome Walk & Festival, which is a welcoming event to honor and celebrate the journey and cultural heritage of immigrants and refugees who have made San Antonio their new home. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rosemont at Denman Estate Park.
The City of San Antonio COVID Impact Grants program provides financial aid to small businesses that continue to be impacted by the pandemic.
Culturingua is providing free support with application and required documentation in English, Arabic, Pashto, Dari, Farsi, and Urdu.
Come celebrate World Refugee Day at The DoSeum on Saturday, June 25! From 9:00 to 6:00, the DoSeum will be open for a family fun-filled day! Free admission for refugees with wic/ebt card!
From 5:30 to 8:30, enjoy a dinner and fashion show of clothes made by Afghan women, with speeches from keynote speakers Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Mohammed Naeem, and Nathaniel Chaney.
Nadia Mavrakis and Nader Mehdawi, CEO and COO of Culturingua, met with our partners, Qatar Foundation International, in DC. Our partners are leaders in supporting Arabic language and culture education throughout the United States and Europe. Their funding helps to ensure that we are able to reach students for our Summer Arabic Classes! Thank you, QFI, for all that you do!
Culturingua's leadership attended the Welcoming Interactive Annual Conference 2022 in Charlotte, NC! Our team learned many successful practices and heard inspiring stories about immigrant inclusion. We were also excited to meet Emily Yaffe, the new Language Access Projects Manager at the City of San Antonio and can't wait to work with her!
Culturingua is grateful to receive a new grant from the Open Society Foundations that will allow our organization to partner with the City of San Antonio - Municipal Government to help new Afghan refugees with economic opportunities through workforce development, entrepreneurship training programs, and partnering with multiple agencies and organizations across San Antonio! See press release here for more details.
We had a fun Culture & Food Day for the Afghans Community of Welcome for Afghans program on Saturday, March 26. Attendees browsed resource booths from various partners, shared potluck food dishes, obtained health screenings and COVID vaccines from UT Health Science Center, received food donations from Islamic Relief and the San Antonio Food Bank, and built bonds over sports and activities. Read the Kens5 news article here.
We had a fun Sports and Health Day on Saturday, February 26, 2:00-5:00 at Raymond Rimkus Park at Leon Valley for the Communities of Welcome for Afghans program! We played soccer, cricket, volleyball, basketball, tennis and more! Health services and screenings were also available! Save the date for the next community day on Saturday, March 26 from 10:00-2:00!
The Coalition for Northwest Bexar County Community Development Strategy
We are excited to announce a 1-mile community walk and festival to support refugees from Afghanistan and other countries resettle into San Antonio! Join Mayor Nirenberg and help us welcome them to our beautiful city by participating!
This event will take place on December 4th from 8:30 to 12:30 at the San Antonio Medical Center Foundation Trail.
Virtual Exchange Sessions have finished!
Culturingia has the privilege to be one of five finalists in this years Philanthropitch with our program Nourish to Flourish!
Join us on October 12, 6:00-8:30 pm CST at the Tobin Center to vote for Culturingua!
Purchase event tickets HERE!
Exciting news! This past 2021 summer, Culturingua hosted our Arabic Summer Camp in partnership with Advanced Learning Academy (ALA) in SAISD School District. The Arabic Summer Camp focused on teaching youth the language, culture, and arts of the Arab region. Moreover, this was the first summer we hosted a Level Two Arabic Camp for students that had previously taken Level One.
Click HERE to read more!
Culturingua is excited to be one of 15 non-profits to receive a grant from The San Antonio Area Foundation, in conjunction with Up Partnership, that benefits non-profits in the San Antonio area as part of the first ever Youth Leadership Development grants.
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Culturingua is excited to be one of 19 virtual exchange programs awarded new grants by the Stevens Initiative. With our fellow grantees, we will reach nearly 19,000 youth participants through virtual exchange. Together, our programs cover 25 topics, including engineering innovation, history, public health, and social entrepreneurship.
You can read the full announcement here.
Culturingua, in partnership with Islamic Relief USA, distributed financial support to San Antonio families affected by the winter storm. Last week, they distributed 66 gift cards ($150 each) and hygiene soaps to families whose homes were damaged or were otherwise impacted by the winter storm. In a few weeks, they will distribute more gift cards and hygiene soaps.
The Culturingua Global Social Entrepreneurship Journey program is all about taking students from around the world and collaborating with each other on topics such as ending poverty, creating clean energy and educational equity to create solutions to those challenges. Read more.
The session was moderated by QFI’s Director of Programs, Julia Sylla, and led by QFI nonprofit partner Culturingua’s leadership team, Nadia Mavrakis, Nader Mehdawi, and Cindy Dorsey. They shared their experience designing and delivering engaging Arabic, Spanish, and French courses following ACTFL standards. Read more.
San Antonio residents including Arab Americans and other Muslims in the area, ensure they're accounted for, organizers are also holding an art contest for children in Pre-K through 8th grade in collaboration with local non-profit group, Culturingua, which celebrates Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian heritage. Read more.
The Culturingua’s 2020 Census Art Contest received 44 submissions from students in Pre-K to Grade 8. Local nonprofit organization Culturingua partnered with Northside Independent School District and the City of San Antonio Immigration Liaison to raise awareness about the importance of completing the 2020 census particularly among immigrants from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, many of whom live in the Medical Center area and whose children attend Northside ISD schools. Read more.
By Jade Esteban Estrada - Arts Writer, San Antonio Sentinel. Today, Culturingua Partners, Northside Independent School District, and the City of San Antonio will team up to present a 2020 census art contest in an effort to increase awareness of the census before the looming Sept. 30 deadline. The show will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Ali Baba International Food Market located at 9307 Wurzbach Road. Read more.
This session will review how to incorporate theatre into the language classroom to engage students and encourage them to use the target language in creative ways. Participants will experience various techniques first-hand to teach theatre-based language lessons and theatre skills through an Arabic lesson based on the well-known folktale "Sinbad the Sailor." Read more.