Welcome Letter A delegation of 17 African American young men will travel to Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai – on a cross-cultural academic, civic, business, and service-oriented tour – from July 5 - 19, 2014. This tour, the 2014 Northern California Delegation of the China-United States Exchange Foundation (Think China 2014), merges two of President
in building ladders of opportunity abroad for boys and young men of color. Participating community partner organizations are the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), and Oakland Unified School District’s Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA)
Congresswoman Barbara Lee [D-CA13] met with the China-United States Exchange Foundation as a Congressional Black Caucus member and has encouraged global education. She focuses on improving outcomes for young men of color. Recognizing the importance and effectiveness of a linked learning centered curriculum, it is the intention of Think China 2014 to immerse youth in a variety of career experiences. EOYDC’s cascading mentoring model is demonstrated in the selection of the delegates, from professional, college and high school levels who upon their return will be able to better mentor their peers as well as middle and elementary age populations.
Regina Jackson, President & CEO of EOYDC will serve as the delegation’s lead chaperone. Through Think China 2014, the importance of helping students gain access to a global education and citizenship is valued. "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's life." - Mark Twain
The Northern California Delegation of the China-U.S. Study Exchange Program