Cross Cultural Bridge Building Parenting Program
SEAC’s Cross cultural Bridge Building Program
targets youth and families in the ethnically and linguistically diverse
Chicago communities of Uptown and Edgewater.
“Building Bridges” tackles the problems of
destructive interethnic rivalry, bigotry, violence, gangs, drugs, and
family breakdown in its classes at McCutcheon and Goudy Public Schools.
Workshops focus on cooperation, social and emotional skills, and academic
success for students aged 6-13. Students learn to more profoundly
understand themselves and their own cultures, and others and their
cultures. They learn to understand people from different generations and
those who are different physically from themselves. Students learn to
solve problems and resolve conflicts peacefully, how to think deeply and
feel sensitively. Students increase active participation in school and
community, and they develop social and life skills — the basis of
SEAC’s program objective is to take a more positive
approach to cross cultural education, thereby promoting societal harmony,
personal maturity and self-fulfillment. This approach builds self-pride
by rewarding effort, affirming positive interpersonal relations and
encouraging constructive behavior.
The positive approach of the program stresses the
commonalities of all human beings. Students learn that we all have
histories common in atrocity and common in beauty. Students learn that we
all have common needs, although we may go about fulfilling them
differently. “Building Bridges” teaches that we belong to one
human race more than to individual races; that we need to work together
for all to win; and that the rewards of cooperation and helping others
are high. In the same tone, the curriculum teaches nonviolent and
constructive approaches to solving conflict and dealing with emotion.
To set up a Cross Cultural Bridge Building Program in your
school, contact the Ainslie office.