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All Kids are VIPs: Immigrant Integration at School

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(Online webinar)

Date: Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Online

Join Cities of Migration for an international webinar to learn about an exciting school-based program from Germany that empowers immigrant youth, educators, and ‘celebrity’ ambassadors to raise awareness about cultural diversity in school while inspiring a new generation to think about the positive contributions of immigrant integration.

Successfully replicated across Germany (Alle Kids Sind VIPs) and Spain (Eres joven, ¡triunfarás!), here is a simple idea that delivers big rewards – practical strategies for inclusive schools and the recognition of local heroes from sports, media, music and more. This 60-minute learning event will outline core program activities and outcomes, and then examine the process of adapting the program in schools across Spain.

Participants will learn about:

  • A Good Idea
    In Germany, the “Alle Kids Sind VIPs” (“All Kids Are VIPs”) is an exciting student-led program that was founded by the Bertelsmann Stiftung where it was a runaway success. The “All Kids Are VIPs” campaign invites German students between grades 5-12 to submit project ideas on how they could improve integration at their schools. Motivated by the chance to have their favourite celebrities and role models (who are of migrant backgrounds) visit their schools; students are prompted to find the move innovative ways to create welcoming environments for newcomers in their schools.
  • The benefits of replication
    Replicated in Spain, the Eres joven, ¡triunfarás! (You are young, you will succeed!) program builds on the success of its German counterpart, (All Kids are VIPs) with new multi-prong strategies that not only raise awareness about the role of youth in the integration of migrants, but use this celebrity-supported campaign to demonstrate to parents and policy-makers the importance of cultural diversity.
  • Discover how you can make this Good Idea work for you
    Good ideas about integration practice, like all good ideas, travel. They can be replicated in your city, adapted by your organization and making positive changes in the neighbourhoods you live in. Participants are invited to imagine this Good Idea ‘traveling’ to their home city.

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