Many local and active students have initiated WorldLink Clubs at their own schools and in their own communities. Through a direct affiliation to the WorldLink program of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego, these globally minded youth host student meetings, coordinate campus events, design community service projects and more.
Bishop’s School, located in La Jolla
WorldLink Club Youth Leaders: Gabby Hartman, Tomer Mate-Solomon and Nicole Sadowsky
Contact E-mail: BiWorldLink@gmail.com
Teacher Advisor: Kristen Druker
Founded in 2002, the WorldLink Club at The Bishop’s School is committed to educating high school students about issues around the world by providing them access to global leaders, speakers and activists. The culmination of the club is the WorldLink Annual Youth Town Meeting (YTM) in January. To prepare for the YTM, the club meets to discuss issues related to the student-selected theme of the year. This enables Bishop’s students to participate in conference discussions by asking educated questions and stating informed opinions at the YTM. After the conference, students are encouraged to act on what they have discussed and involve other teens in their quest to change the world. The WorldLink Club at The Bishop’s School, led this year by Nicole Sadowsky, Gabby Hartman, and Tomer Mate-Solomon, reinforces the idea that we are all responsible for the hearts and minds of the next generation of the human race.
CETYS Universidad, located in Tijuana, Mexico
WorldLink Club Youth Leaders: Alexander Dey Bueno and Iselle Guerrero Gonzalez
Teacher Advisor: Paulino Bueno Gutierrez
Herbert Hoover High School, located in City Heights
WorldLink Club Youth Leader: Catherine Zuniga
Contact E-mail: WorldLinkClub.Hoover@gmail.com
Teacher Advisor: Ted Hernandez and Elizabeth Flesh
Hoover High School’s WorldLink Club is focused on the community of City Heights. The club meets every Friday during lunch in Mr. Hernandez’s classroom, A-11. Mr. Hernandez, our advisor, is an excellent AP English and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teacher. Hoover’s WorldLink Club of 2013 is reintroducing the school to the WorldLink Program in an effort to get more students connected to the opportunities offered at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ). The club also aims to create an environment where students can discuss the issues that are making headlines around the world, as well as the issues in the community of City Heights. Ultimately, the WorldLink Club at Hoover HS hopes to create active citizens of the world, by beginning the change at a local level.
San Dieguito Academy, located in Encinitas
WorldLink Club Youth Leaders: Kira Elliott and Sam Fierro
Contact E-mail: WorldLinkClubs.SDA@gmail.com
Teacher Advisor: Kerri Leonard
The WorldLink Club at San Dieguito HS is dedicated to educating youth about global affairs and initiating discussions of action. Throughout the coming year, the students of the SDA WorldLink Club will be planning an event that reaches out to local middle school students and introduces them to local and global issues, thus starting the conversations and inspirations for action in a slightly younger group. The SDA WorldLink Club will also host film screenings of documentaries on various topics and then discuss them. In addition, the club hopes to collect supplies for the students at the Daraja Academy in Nanyuki, Kenya. To put it simply, our club is based on education, whether it is through supporting the education of women in countries like Afghanistan or the education of local youth about the global community.
For more information about how to start a WorldLink Club at your school, please contact:
Debbie M. Martinez
WorldLink Program Officer
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110
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