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WorldFest Was a Great Success

View of WorldFest 2013
"WorldFest Celebration In Woburn," by James Jesson, The Woburn Advocate (May 19, 2014).

On Sunday, May 18 WorldFest took place at the Woburn Public Library. WorldFest is a multicultural festival that encourages individuals to share and learn about different cultures. There were performances, children's activities, food, and a lot of fun at the event. 

Take a look at a few of the pictures one of the local newspapers captured during the event. 

Volunteer with SCI at WorldFest, Our Multicultural Celebration!

Korean Fan Dancers

Join Social Capital Inc. and the YMCA International Learning Center for WorldFest, our multicultural celebration! WorldFest will take place on Sunday, May 18 from 2-5 pm on the lawn of the Woburn Public Library located at 45 Pleasant Street in Woburn Center. 

We are currently seeking volunteers who would be willing to help make WorldFest a successful event. Volunteers can choose to help all day (11 am to 6 pm) or in shifts determined by the team volunteers would like to be on. Some of the various teams include, set up support team, performer support team, vendor support team, children's activity support team, and clean up team.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Brittany Murphy at bmurphy@socialcapitalinc.org or call 781-935-2244. 

Seeking Performers and Participants for WorldFest

Taiko drummers

Each spring SCI and the YMCA International Learning Center partner up to put together WorldFest. WorldFest is a multicultural celebration that allows members of the Greater Boston area to share information about their culture and the opportunity to learn about other cultures. WorldFest will take place on Sunday, May 18, 2014 on the Woburn Public Library Lawn located at 45 Pleasant Street in Woburn. 

We are currently seeking performers and participants to share their culture with the community. We are looking for singers, dancers, group performances, crafters, artisans, and organizations to share their culture. If interested, please fill out and return the attached application. If there are questions, please contact Brittany Murphy at bmurphy@socialcapitalinc.org or by phone at 781-935-2244. 

Seeking Performers and Participants for WorldFest

Korean Fan Dancers

SCI Woburn and the YMCA International Learning Center are seeking participants to share their culture at our 4th Annual WorldFest celebration. WorldFest is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 2-5 pm at the Woburn Public Library Lawn located at 45 Pleasant Street in Woburn. WorldFest is a great opportunity for members of the Greater Boston community to share their culture with others.

We are looking for participants who would like to share their culture through dance, song, food, art, and cultural activities.

If you are interested in participating or performing at WorldFest, please contact Brittany Murphy at bmurphy@socialcapitalinc.org or 781.935.2244.

Join the 2014 WorldFest Steering Committee

WorldFest Attender

WorldFest is a celebration of diversity and is put together each spring by SCI and the YMCA International Learning Center (ILC). The festival is held in front of the Woburn Public Library and is a great event for family and friends. WorldFest is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 18th from 2-5 pm.

WorldFest allows groups and individuals to showcase their different cultures and heritage through art, music, dance, and food. The students of the ILC Leadership Team have been the primary group putting this celebration together each year. The students of the Leadership Team are adult English language learners. 

We are recruiting community members interested in working with the ILC student leaders to make WorldFest 2014 a successful event. We would like to have more community members involved and share their creative input.Read more

WorldFest Press Coverage in the Woburn Advocate

Taiko drummers
"Photos: Woburn's WorldFest," by James Jesson, Woburn Advocate

On Sunday, May 19, SCI in partnership with the YMCA International Learning Center in Woburn, hosted WorldFest 2013, a multicultural festival celebrating diversity in the community.

Over 700 people attended and were treated to a diverse mix of performances, International food and arts and crafts vendors, and plenty of activities for the children.

This festival was the perfect opportunity to bring people together to learn about cultures different from their own and bridge social capital.

The Woburn Advocate featured photos from the event on their website. Click here to see the photos.

WorldFest Woburn

Teaching 21st Century Skills By Practicing Them

Last week, Woburn Public Schools (WPS) Superintendent Mark Donovan stopped by the International Learning Center to meet the the student leadership team that is working with us to plan the WorldFest Woburn multi-cultural festival. These adult learners are recent immigrants from over twenty countries, participating in a wonderful program offered by the YMCA of Greater Boston.

During this meeting, we were exploring ways that the WPS students and their families could get more involved in the WorldFest event this year. Mr. Donovan embraced this idea eagerly, noting that there are now over 50 languages spoken at home by the WPS students. When I went to WPS over 20 years ago, I suspect I could have counted the number of languages spoken by students on my fingers. Mr. Donovan spoke passionately about how in our increasingly diverse communities and global economy, appreciation of different cultures and ability to work effectively across difference as a vital "21st century skill". That is for sure!Read more

How do you say leadership? Notes from Multi-Cultural Leadership Session 1

How do you say leadership in your first language?  This question kicked off an interesting discussion in our first Multi-Cultural Leadership Project yesterday.  Through this collaboration with the YMCA International Learning Center (ILC) in Woburn, I'll be training a dozen adult English language learners on leadership skills.  The students will be using the training to coordinate a WorldFest multi-cultural event in the community next spring.  They are very excited about the project, and the prospects of learning useful job skills while contributing to their new community.

Yesterday's group was representative of the diversity of the ILC, which serves students from 20 countries who speak 14 different languages. This brought a lot of different cultural perspectives to bear on our conversation about leadership!Read more

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