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I am the Indiana Regional Director for PAX, living in Columbus, IN. Program of Academic Exchange is a Department of State designated nonprofit international high school exchange organization. Each year, PAX facilitates in the placing of some of the best students from over 70 countries around the world. In doing this, we fulfill our mission to create mutual respect among the people of the world, to foster appreciation of our differences and similarities, and to enhance our ability to communicate with one another.
We have been fortunate enough to be selected by the Dept. of State to work with the Kennedy-Lugar YES scholarship program. The YES program advances mutual understanding between the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations and promotes international security and peace by teaching American and foreign participants about each other, alleviating misunderstanding, and making for a better informed citizenry able to deal more effectively with international issues. These teens are chosen in an open merit based competition out of thousands that apply based on their leadership potential, maturity level, personality, and willingness to be a young ambassador. They have strong English skills and are eager to explore America.
This program also has students with disabilities. This last year we had a Malaysian deaf student that was hosted by a family in Greensburg and attended the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis. The family will also be hosting a deaf girl from Pakistan this year, also attending ISD. Both of these students were generously referred by the International School of Columbus. In order for the students to attend the Deaf or Blind school, they must be referred by a school and IS of C has been so supportive and helpful with this process, with no benefit to them, whatsoever. The student doesn't attend there and really has no connection with the school, but IS of C does the work, generously and graciously.
The reason I am writing is because we have a blind student from India that we are working to find a host family for this coming school year, 2013-14. Ajit is a high achieving student that uses adaptive technology and attends a mainstream school in India. He will be attending the School for the Blind during the week, so the family will only be hosting on the weekends.
Here is a little more about him:
Ajit is a motivated young man that loves a good challenge. He is known in school as a dazzling orator of self-written poetry. He keeps informed with current events and has impressed peers and teachers alike with debating skills. Ajit “is a confident child who has the ability to interact with people from all walks of life.” As such, he gets along with all his peers and enjoys taking part in various co-curricular activities and projects. Ajit values education of all varieties and in all forms, from classroom lessons to life experiences. He makes a point of surrounding himself with people who can contribute to his development, friends that spark fascinating discussions. Ajit is eager to learn about technological advancements that are not available in India. Furthermore, he would love to learn how to swim, an activity he’s always admired. Ajit’s sense of independence is admirable and he never wants to be perceived as a burden. He is looking forward to his upcoming experience as a chance to step out of his comfort zone and fine-tune his leadership skills.
His interests include: Chess, Running, Poetry, Debate, Yoga, Cricket
Also, he is Hindu, Vegetarian, has 7 years of English and an A GPA
Additionally, I think that most of Indiana does not realize that the esteemed former Senator, Richard Lugar, is responsible, along with Ted Kennedy, for creating this amazing scholarship program which also has scholarships for American students to study abroad. It was created after 9/11 to help promote peace and understand.
I am available by phone, 342-4101, email, email@example.com or can come in personally to speak with you.
PAX Regional Director
On Thursday, April 11 at North Christian Church, we held the first Cooking Across Cultures Class -- part of the Eating Better Together series made possible by the Welcoming Community Grant.
The class was a HUGE success! We had 24 people attend and we’re planning a second class for May because of the overwhelming response. Four members of the Pakistani Association demonstrated how to make chicken biryani and suji halwa. Before the meal, Yasir Bhatty made everyone a delicious drink of lime juice, strawberries, oranges, and mint. Participants were also shown a presentation on spices, their origins, and some medicinal uses. Did you know cilantro can be made into a paste and rubbed on your head to help ease a headache?
This class brought people from all corners of our community together, to learn from one another, and strengthen our community by sharing and conversing with people we otherwise might not cross paths.
Thanks to the Pakistani Association for the wonderful experience and to North Christian Church for hosting the event.
Tim Wilson was a dedicated and passionate Co-op board member. Celebrate Spring and honor Tim Wilson with wonderful events, sponsored by our local Sierra Club.
We had such a success with the series last year, we’re bringing it back with a new set of films. Mark your calendars for the following dates and be sure to bring your friends! These films are all unique, independent, and inspiring and we hope you attend them all!
April 30: Mad City Chickens, YES Cinema, 7pm -- $5
May 15: Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Red Room (library), 6:30pm -- Free
June 19: Greenhorns, Red Room (library), 6:30pm -- Free
July 17: Women with Cows, Red Room (library), 6:30pm -- Free
August 13: Beer Wars, YES Cinema, 7pm -- $5
September: Babette’s Feast -- TBA
*The more sponsorships the more films we can add! We know many of you want us to show Food Matters, but we need sponsorships to purchase the rights. Let us know if your business, organization, or self can help!
Eastside Community Center is bringing an exciting national youth entrepreneurship program to Columbus -- Lemonade Day!
Kickoff is Saturday, April 6th, 10am-12pm at FairOaks Mall
The Co-op will be there serving lemonade!
Learn more HERE!
Click HERE to read the March Newsletter! Register for cooking classes, learn about the upcoming film series, and check out a wonderful senior project you can participate in!
The Columbus Food Co-op is looking forward to bringing another “Food for Thought Film Series” to the community. The 2012 series was great success and produced the community dialogue that we want to sustain. We have been asked to continue the series and have some unique films lined-up, including:
Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Greenhorns, Mad City Chickens, Women with Cows, Beer Wars, and Babette’s Feast.
In order to make the series possible we need your support. Most of these films are independently made and cost between $85-$300 to purchase with screening rights. There will also be the cost of publicity and reserving YES Cinema. Will you consider becoming a sponsor and help bring these films to Columbus?
Sponsor levels: Donors - $25-50; Supporters - $100-$200; Presenter - $250+
A sponsorship includes publicity via posters, website links, Facebook links, and newspaper and radio mentions. You are also welcome to provide information at our screenings.
If you are interested in becoming a partner for the 2013 “Food for Thought Film Series” or have any questions, please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Thanks for your consideration,
Columbus Food Co-op Membership Committee
Sponsorship Form HERE
We like to refer to this class as "the Chicken Show" because it's going to be a lot of fun! Chef Carrie Douglas and John Roberts will be demonstrating how to cut up an entire chicken and use ALL the parts.
When we purchase chicken breast, tenders, thighs, etc., we're paying more for the packaging and convenience of having it cut than the actual meat. You can save money by purchasing a whole chicken, cutting it yourself, and freezing what you do not need right then (and make delicious stock).
Saturday, February 23
10am - 11:30am
North High School Culinary Arts Kitchen
Register by emailing SaraBeth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-343-3588