We connect local families and individuals with international students and international visitors to create friendships, promote international understanding, and enhance the quality of life by promoting citizen diplomacy and globally minded citizens.
This past year, we hosted our first youth exchange program and the impact between American and Iraqi students was life changing. Phelan, a local participant, hosted one of the Iraqi students and spent two weeks exploring the themes of leadership and peacebuilding with the international students.
Phelan said the program changed his life as he got know the Iraqi students on a personal level and realized they were more alike than different. Phelan’s worldview changed after this experience, as it did with the other 23 students in the program who are now prepared to go into the world as Global Citizens and leaders in their communities.
Now, more than ever, we need person to person connections to help foster positive U.S. foreign relations. All ROC the Day contributions will go towards our cultural exchange programs that prepare youth and young professionals to become future global leaders to make a positive difference in their community and communities around the world.
In addition, we also provide cultural and professional exchange programs that help create more globally-minded citizens:
Our International Friendship Program serves over 100 new international college students each year by matching them with Rochester residents. Students in the program experience unique local destinations and characteristic Rochester hospitality. In addition, RGC hosts cultural and social activities each year for over 500 international students and local individuals and families that provide opportunities for international students to explore the Greater Rochester community and create authentic cultural experiences. Through these connections, local community members and international students build a better understanding of each other's country, culture, and customs.
In addition, RGC arranges professional exchange programs to share American expertise and culture with international visitors “one handshake at a time.” Through the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program and the Open World program of the U.S. Congress, international delegations visit Rochester to learn and collaborate with people in related career fields to implement innovative strategies to make a positive difference in their communities, such as youth development, refugees, women empowerment, entrepreneurship, veteran affairs, NGO management, arts as social change, and more.
Thank you for your support that will have a local and global (glocal) impact!
We focus on: Arts and Culture
Where we are: Monroe
We have a matching grant!
Nocon & Associates and Leclair Korona Vahey Cole LLP
Thanks to the generosity of Nocon & Associates and Leclair Korona Vahey Cole LLP, for every dollar you donate, it will be doubled! Our sponsors are offering a $1,000 Challenge Grant to help support cultural exchange programs. Help us reach our fundraising goal of $2,000 and support our efforts to increase international understanding and citizen diplomacy.
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