As a result of over a decade of partnerships throughout the world, we are fortunate to have had the ability to create our Social Impact Exchange programs between our U.S. based students and students from countries such as Dominica, Brazil, Bangladesh, India, Uganda, and more.
These exchange partnerships are in connection with similar organizations who want to create youth leaders. The common ground at the foundation of these exchanges has been a love for sports and an appreciation for active citizenship. These exchanges have allowed us not only to visit other countries, but we have also had the privilege to host partner organizations in our local community. Whether overseas or in our own backyard, these types of exchanges must be rooted in sustainability, in order to be considered successful.
Each group must maintain the belief that neither of us is entering another’s country or community to be a savior or change a way of life, but rather that we are going to learn from one another and share our knowledge and expertise in order to provide a long lasting impact. It is also important that we partner with organizations that we can work with on a consistent basis and grow together in our efforts to improve the lives of the kids we work with through sport. As we expand our programming and partnerships, we look forward to the new places we will be able to connect with.
Any student who wishes to participate in our Social Impact Exchange program must complete the UKSD Ambassador training program. This 4 week program is completed prior to the start of each exchange and focuses on cultural and historical understanding of the specific region, social awareness, personal safety, and leadership development.
Like all of our programming, we find it necessary to create an even playing field and give students of various skills and abilities the opportunity to join us. We also work diligently to ensure that these exchanges are financially reasonable or even free when possible. We can also work with students to help them create a plan to raise funds or obtain sponsorships.
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