Sports in the Park Project

The International Studies Foundation and the local government of Miami, in collaboration with Soccer Communities of America and International Finance Bank, have created an interested project focused on social integration via sports for children and young people.

The Sports in the Park Project  involves children and young people at risk of social exclusion by utilizing public spaces and urban parks within Miami in order to offer value-based instruction, healthy living and teamwork by way of an alternative use of free time dedicated to a unique learning opportunity designed to help children coming from disadvantaged communities.

Value-based instruction, healthy living and teamwork through sport.

The formula is simple – use the power of football and bring it to the community to enrich the lives of children by removing economic obstacles and make it into the family schedule as a recreational or weekend activity.

Our program, funded by sponsors and foundations, provides the financial resources to organize a recreational offering where children can celebrate soccer in a safe place.

ROBERTO CLEMENT PARK

The program has begun to take place at the Roberto Clemente Park, in the Wynwood area of Miami, in January 2017. The beneficiaries are 45 children between the ages of 6 and 12, from disadvantaged areas of the city. The idea is to have between 60 and 80 children in the program in a near future.

NEXT STEPS: DORAL

We are going to implement the program in parks of Doral, in collaboration with the Honorable Mayor of the City, Juan Carlos Bermúdez, for the underserved children of this community.

“El Camino de Santiago” Project

In direct support of its “City of Miami High Impact Service Plan 2016 – 2017, the International Studies Foundation and the City of Miami jointly offer students between the ages of 12 and 14 the opportunity to take part in a very unique experience in Spain by participating in “El Camino de Santiago”, a pilgrimage route.

The students will go over the steps of the medieval pilgrims along one of the main routes of El Camino. This path will lead them to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia (Spain).

Opportunity to travel to Spain and share the experience.

The main goal of the Project is to highlight the effort and achievement of the children from disadvantaged families by giving them the opportunity to travel to Spain and to share the experience with a similar group of Spanish students. The Project is carried out along with our students from the Access Program, which we have developed with the US Embassy in Spain.

The participants will be in contact with Spain’s historical richness and will learn to value moral principles such as teamwork, creative thinking, new strategies, evaluation of their achievements, while they establish new friendships.

A positive experience for everyone involved that may have a wonderful impact in their lives.

Access Program

The Access Program is an English-language program for students in danger of social exclusion from the Community of Madrid (Spanish Autonomous Community of Madrid), who are between the ages of 13 and 17.

This educational program also explores the values and culture of the US. The Access Program strengthens leadership and personal development in the students through social community service, games and other activities.

The Access Program was designed by the US Embassy in Spain.

Ambassador James Costos inaugurated the program during a ceremony with student participants in attendance on December 2nd, 2015. The granted scholarships have a duration of two years.  It has been in operation since October 2015 and the first promotion will graduate in June 2017.

The course, the books, other school materials, transportation costs, as well as additional activities and intensive sessions are all covered by funds specifically designated for this program.

Speak Truth to Power (STTP)

The SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER (STTP) educational program was created by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation (RFKHR) in the year 2000, and is based on a book by Kerry Kennedy, the president of the foundation.

The book itself is centered around 50 interviews that she conducted over the course of two years with defenders of Human Rights and Social Justice in more than 40 countries.

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation was created in 1984 by family members and friends of the former US senator to carry on his legacy, as well as to promote ideals that were ever-present during his life: a search for universal peace, social justice, and of course, to advocate for Human Rights in the US, and around the world.

To carry on Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy, as well as to promote ideals that were ever-present during his life.

The objective of this program is to provoke a greater sense of social consciousness among students who participate, and to do it through the examination, exploration, and discussion of real cases of Human Rights Defenders from varying contexts and walks of life, in addition to helping to inspire the students themselves to become local Human Rights Defenders within their own communities.

The goal of the STTP program is to foster a greater respect for Human Rights and justice, and a greater sense of social responsibility in order to help to build a peaceful and respectful society.

  • The Program is designed for students ranging from elementary school through high school.
  • Students who benefit directly from this program are between the ages of eight, and 18.
  • The educational curriculum includes real-life cases based on interviews that Kerry Kennedy conducted in varying countries and settings.
  • The curriculum for the course includes extensive classroom discussion, individual and group work, as well as development of possible initiatives involving social action.

The objective of this program is to provoke a greater sense of social consciousness among students, in addition to helping to inspire the students themselves to become local Human Rights Defenders.

Students gain greater social awareness through the study of real cases of human rights defenders in their fight for varying social causes, as well as exposure to new ideas to help them to become human rights defenders in their own environment.

The program is supported financially by the Caixa Foundation.

 

Anti-Bullying Project

We are exceedingly conscious of enormous challenge of bullying that stands before us within our education systems, as well as in general within our society.

We understand that the problem affects everyone involved with education: schools, teachers, students and families.

Consequently, based on the vast, expert experience backing up this thoughtful project, we have created our Comprehensive Bullying Prevention Program, which involves raising awareness — which is furthermore among the key aspects in terms of avoiding and remedying this most pressing issue.

Sports and Achivement Academies with Real Madrid Foundation

The International Studies Foundation and the Real Madrid Foundation have created the Sports and Achievement Academies in the US for children with limited economic and social resources.

The program’s objective is to enhance the student’s education in life values as well as their soccer training. Participating children will also learn about moral values, gender equality, social integration and healthy habits.

In collaboration with the Real Madrid Foundation.

Currently, the Sports and Achievement Academies Program is being developed in two public schools of Florida for underprivileged children between the ages of 7 and 13. The academies are completely free for all the 120 children who take part in the Program.

These schools are located at the Ernest R. Graham K-8 Center in Hialeah and the Kensington Park Elementary School. With the collaboration of the local government, this program will also be implemented at the Kendall Campus (Miami Dade College).

The Program is designed to offer children the opportunity to enhance their education in sports and moral values in partnership with one of the best soccer organizations in the world.

Official Training Center for Teachers from the Madrid Autonomous Community

The International Studies Foundation is an official permanent training center for teachers, and has been ever since signing a collaborative agreement with the Madrid Autonomous Community in early 2008. Each year, we provide the “Dirección General de Mejora de la Calidad de la Enseñanza de la Consejería de Educación de la Comunidad de Madrid” (essentially a government agency tasked with quality control and optimization for public school teachers, as well as curriculums in and around Madrid) with a detailed syllabus that specifically highlights what we wish to achieve with our students.

We are exceptionally fortunate to be able to contribute to our local community by working with some of the people who are most responsible for guiding young people in some of their most developmental years.

The International Studies Foundation is an Official Training Center for the Teachers from the Madrid Autonomous Community

Since 2008, we have taken the following actions in terms of training teachers in and around Madrid:

  • 5 annual scholarships for high school students in and around Madrid to study for a Master of Education in International Education from Endicott College. All in-class portions of the program are done in Madrid at CIS – The College for International Studies.
  • Training courses centered around Methodologies and Improvement of the English language for high school teachers.
  • Training courses centered around Methodologies and Improvement of the English language: “Advanced English: Teaching English Through Literature”.
  • A scholarship for a student from Mozambique to study in Madrid at CIS – The College for International Studies for a Master of Education in International Education from Endicott College. The scholarship itself is awarded by the NGO Cruzada por los Niños (Crusade for the Children), which belongs to the same educational group as this foundation, as well as CIS – The College for International Studies.