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Virtual Exchange Sparks Internship Opportunity for San Antonio High-Schooler

11/30/2022

Joseph, a high school student at the Advanced Learning Academy in San Antonio Independent School District in Texas, was pleasantly surprised at the level of growth and opportunity that came as a result of his participation in Culturingua’s Global Social Entrepreneurship Journey. He was able to secure an internship that allows him to merge his interest in design with international relations. Click here to read more.

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.

Interested in getting involved? We welcome you to our Community of Welcome hour-long information session where you will learn more about our program.

Scan the QR codes above to sign up or click on the links below:

December 5, 2022 at 9 AM

December 6, 2022 at 6 PM

January 8, 2023 at 3 PM

11/8/2022

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.

COVID Impact Grants

7/12/2022

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.

See here for more details!

World Refugee Day

6/25/2022

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate World Refugee Day at The DoSeum on Saturday, June 25! Everyone enjoyed Afghan and Syrian cuisine, a fashion show of clothes made by Afghan women, and speeches from keynote speakers Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Mohammed Naeem, and Nathaniel Chaney.

World Refugee Day

6/20/2022

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.

Global Social Entrepreneurship Journey-SA Entrepreneurship Week

6/7/2022

US and Libyan students from Culturingua’s Global Social Entrepreneurship Journey with San Antonio ISD and the Libyan National Board will present their experiences participating in a 2-month virtual exchange program where students work in groups to create a social enterprise idea to solve a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal.

Thank you to The Stevens Initiative and San Antonio Area Foundation for sponsoring this program.

Register and use the Code: FREEFORYOU

Afghan-American Microentrepreneurship

6/7/2022

Join us June 13th at 12:00 pm at Launch SA inside the Central Library to listen Afghan-American experiences as they start and grow their businesses. Culturingua’s Microentrepreneurship Development Program enables immigrants and refugees who want to start or expand their businesses through legal setup, business plan and marketing support, and access to capital. Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to choose a training track, including Culturingua’s Nourish to Flourish program for culinary entrepreneurs and Culturingua’s Sewing for Success program for fiber arts entrepreneurs.

Register and use the code: FREEFORYOU

Thank you, Qatar Foundation International

5/25/2022

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!

Welcome America Conference

5/20/2022

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!

Thank you, Open Society Foundations!

5/11/2022

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.

NALCAB Member

4/26/2022

Culturingua is proud to announce that we are now members of the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders! Check us out in the NALCAB membership directory!

Focus on South Texas- Helping Afghans feel Welcome

4/29/2022

Culturingua CEO Nadia Mavrakis and Interfaith San Antonio Alliance Executive Director Wendy Holbrook were featured on Focus on South Texas for their efforts in the Community of Welcome.

"Rev. Holbrook with the Interfaith San Antonio Alliance and Nadia Mavrakis with Culturingua have partnered together to provide a social network for the refugees with Communities of Welcome."

Click HERE to watch the interview!

Welcome America

4/2/2022

Culturingua is now a member of Welcome America, a non-profit organization that works to help communities share new approaches to inclusion to create an environment where everyone can truly thrive.

#BeAWelcomer

Impact Story: Students in San Antonio and Benghazi Solve Global Challenges

3/15/2022

Through Culturingua’s Global Social Entrepreneurship Journey, high school students created a social enterprise idea that addresses a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, developing critical 21st century skills including cross-cultural collaboration and innovation. Throughout the program, students built bonds of friendship through food, heritage, and language. Read the full impact story here.


San Antonio Community of Welcome Culture & Food Day

3/27/2022

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.

Spring 2022 Global Social Entrepreneurship Journey

3/2/2022

Culturingua, in partnership with the Stevens Initiative, has wrapped up another round of the Global Social Entrepreneurship Virtual Exchange Program. This semester students engaged in a 7-week virtual exchange between San Antonio Independent School District and the Libyan National Board for the Gifted and Talented!

San Antonio Community of Welcome Sports Day

2/27/2022

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

2/10/2022

Culturingua is the lead agency in the new Coalition for Northwest Bexar County Community Development Strategy with Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ Thriving Together Learning Collaborative. The other members of this coalition are: City of San Antonio Immigration Liaison; Adult Education & Literacy Alamo Consortium at ESC Region-20; Razakaar Foundation; CIELO Unity in Action Ministry at House of Prayer, and VIA Metropolitan Transportation. This focuses on developing a strategy to create a neighborhood where all are able to live prosperous lives and reach their full potential. More info HERE.

Join the Community Sponsor Info Sessions

12/4/2021

Are you part of a Congregation, Organization, Business, or Employer that may want to create a Community of Welcome for new refugee arrivals? Join an Info Session on December 16 or 18 to learn more!

See more here!

Mayor Nirenberg Welcomes Afghan Refugees at First Annual San Antonio Welcome Walk

12/4/2021

Mayor Nirenberg welcomed 300 people at the First Annual San Antonio Welcome Walk on December 4, including many of our newest Afghan refugee neighbors

See more here!

San Antonio Welcome Walk

11/23/2021

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.

Register here!

Virtual Exchange Sessions have finished!

11/20/2021

Culturingua, in partnership with the Stevens Initiative, has completed the 10-week virtual exchange between San Antonio Independent School District and the Benghazi Center for the Gifted!

Congratulations to all our winners from this years Global Social Entrepreneurship Journey Program!

Nourish to Flourish

10/15/2021

Culturingua would like to thank all of the support we received during Philanthropitch 2021!

Click HERE to read the recap!

09/24/2021

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!

09/14/2021

Culturingua is excited to announce the implementation of our Global Social Entrepreneurship Virtual Exchange Journey in partnership with the Stevens Initiative, San Antonio Independent School District, and the Benghazi Center for Gifted! Our students are dedicating this semester to developing a project based on their United Nations Sustainable Development Goal!

09/01/2021

Culturingua, with the support of Islamic Relief USA, was able to provide 3,000 pounds of lamb meat to over 300 families in the Medical Center community in San Antonio.

Culturingua's Summer 2021 Arabic Camp is completed!

07/16/2021

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!

08/01/2021

Culturingua is excited to be on of 19 Arab American nonprofit organizations across the U.S that was awarded a grant from the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) and the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) through their 2021 grantmaking round .

Click HERE to read more!

Culturingua Receives Grant from San Antonio Area Foundation

07/23/2021

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.

Click HERE to read more!

Culturingua Receives Stevens Initiative Funding for Program to Virtually Connect Young People Around the World

04/07/2021

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: Texas winter storm support

03/11/2021

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.

Culturingua program connects students globally

02/04/2021

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.

Census art contest winners announced

10/21/2020

Northside Independent School District art students in grades Pre-K through 8 are winners in the Culturingua's 2020 Census Art Competition. Read more.


Virtual summer camp explores the Middle East

06/04/2020

ALA and Culturingua, a local nonprofit that teaches Spanish, French, and Arabic language and culture classes, have joined together for a unique virtual summer camp: A Virtual Trip to the Arab World - Language and Culture. Read more.

Designing Interactive Lessons for the Virtual Language Classroom with Culturingua

07/20/2020

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.


2020 Census Art Competition

06/04/2020

Culturingua, in partnership with the City of San Antonio and Bexar County’s “Count Me In” initiative, has launched a virtual art competition for Bexar County children and youth aged 4- to 14- year-old. Read more.


Culturingua holds 2020 Census art contest event for children

06/04/2020

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.


Culturingua Partners with Northside ISD and City of San Antonio for a 2020 Census Art Contest to Raise Awareness of the Census

09/25/2020

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.


Awarded Grants and Program Activities: Q1 2020

04/01/2020

Summer 2020 Study Partners. Read more.


Student Art Contest Aims to Increase Awareness of Census Among Immigrants

09/26/2020

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.


LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Theatre-Based Strategies to Promote Proficiency

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.