New funding will support cross-cultural citizen work
Through a grassroots online voting process--which many of this blog's readers participated in--a project building on more than 10 years of work at the Jane Addams School for Democracy was selected to receive additional funding from the Case Foundation for a total grant of $25,000! The Crossing Borders proposal was one of 5,000 submitted to the foundation in the first round of selections.
"Through the Crossing Borders project, an intergenerational group of Somali, Mexican, Peruvian, Hmong, Korean, and U.S.-born people will explore how to bring more diverse people into public work and strengthen democratic practices – both at the Jane Addams School for Democracy in St. Paul and in towns throughout Minnesota," says project leader Nan Kari. Among the project’s goals are bi-monthly team discussions, cross-cultural multimedia projects, and training on democratic education and outreach.