BENEFITING: AMERICAN TURKISH SOCIETY INC
$ANY AMOUNT - Make cross-cultural exchange possible for U.S. teachers and students with deep interest in Turkey
$2,000 - Support one U.S. teacher to develop a curriculum on Turkey
$2,000 - Sponsor one smart but low-income American student's summer in Turkey
$1,500 - Fund one American student to attend Space Camp Turkey in Izmir
The American Turkish Society’s Curriculum Development Grants program offers funds to elementary and secondary school teachers in the U.S. to develop innovative curricula, projects and other classroom activities about Turkey. Grantee teachers also have an opportunity to visit private schools in Turkey where they are able to collaborate with local teachers on curriculum development. To date, teaching projects by 25 U.S. teachers have been funded, benefiting thousands of K-12 students across the United States.
The Society collaborates with AFS-USA and its Faces of America program, which allows disadvantaged American youth to participate in summer cultural exchange programs in Turkey. Since 2012, 24 students from across the U.S. have visited Turkey and learned about Turkish culture through this unique host-family experience. 2012 student Anamaria Nejera from New York City describes her experience in the following words, "Thank you so much for allowing me to study abroad in Turkey. I had an incredible experience and would do it all over again if I could. This was the best summer of my life and I am so grateful."
In another chance for cultural exchange, The Society, together with Global Friendship through Space Education, helps bring together young students from the U.S. and Turkey at Space Camp Turkey, to promote friendship among youth from different cultures with shared interest in math and science.
These programs provide life-changing opportunities for U.S. students and teachers to engage in cross-cultural exchange and create an impactful shared memory for our two countries’ communities.