"Nothing is too heavy for those that have wings"
NetWings is a 501c3 non profit, cross cultural exchange program that provides early global exposure platforms for high school & college students to interact with the world via prestigious conference opportunities.
Through cultivated cross cultural experiences, NetWings revolutionizes the way youths learn, beyond their local communities. Unlike typical study abroad programs, NetWings students participate in prestigious conferences around the world with a specific purpose to build international networks , understand local policies, and actively delve into current global issues by developing case studies. Students emerge from NetWings with an increased knowledge base across a fortitude of arenas, an increased appetite to actively engage in current global issues, and most importantly an increased responsibility to apply what they have learned within their communities upon return from their travels.
It is through the culmination of NetWings experiences that we aim to build a more confident, knowledgeable, empathetic, and actionable student, professional, and individual.
MOBILITY & EXPOSURE
The term exposure is often utilized within the education space, however, we don't just
use this term, we make it come alive. For many underrepresented students, a
limitation in environment can oftentimes serve as the biggest culprit in hindering their view
of possibilities and construction of perspectives. At NetWings, we view exposure as a tool to
achieve economic mobility and as a way to build social capital. By Introducing youth to travel,
we develop exposure to the world, to new cities, states, and countries in order to break down
barriers of limited exposure.
CASE STUDIES & STORYTELLING
In marrying storytelling and the case study method in our curriculum, students have the
opportunity to build educational concepts in a more relevant manner. Each Cohort is
assigned an economic, political, or social challenge relevant to the country they are visiting
and is responsible for developing a solution through writing a collaborative case study. Once
published, these cases are later used to teach within local communities in various contexts.
CIVIC & INTERNATIONAL POLICY LITERACY
Our Cohorts travel with a specific mission to become aware of events, mentalities, and evolving
policies within respective countries. Most importantly, our students travel to build an
understanding as to how they can apply what they learn within the local communities. Via this
avenue of engaging students in international policy, NetWings redefines and diversifies the
traditional policy expert archetype. Furthermore, our JetSetNetwork of advisors and mentors
provide invaluable insights into the countries our students visit.
CONNECTING THE DOTS
Our students learn to engage in significant conversation while building foundations
for friendship and collaboration. We help students create a launchpad of international
connections that encourage learning and exploration with a goal to begin connecting
people with ideas, ideas with people, and beyond. NetWings students learn to not only
connect the dots within the NetWings curriculum but also across a variety of spectrums;
a large factor in strengthening their confidence as students, professionals, and individuals
Students are placed into JetSetNetworks 3 months prior to their international trip. During this time, Cohorts interact with one another and participate in NetWings curriculum led socratic seminars in order to receive basic preparation for their travels, such as learning how to network at a conference, building traveling and culture learning skills, and becoming familiar with basic language and cultural customs applicable to the country they will visit.
Each student is paired with an international mentor and is required to speak to them once a month. Conversations align with our program curriculum in order to ensure our mentors help Cohort students begin to collect data for their case studies. Mentors discuss local news, event updates, and any other information that might be more difficult to learn through traditional news sources students typically use to become informed of global events.
Students travel with our NetWings team for a week for their international experience. The time is evenly split between NetWings and our partner Conference Programming. A majority of the time spent with NetWings is devoted to Case Study Work, Service Learning, and engaging in cultural activities with our student mentors upon meeting in person. The Conference time is spent in workshops, interactive panels, cultural events, and social get togethers with student conference participants from throughout the world.
Upon returning from their international travels, students work with our teams to write, edit, create data visualization exhibits for, and publish their case study. This case study takes into consideration students' pre-work, interaction with mentors, and NetWings and Conference Programming; allowing students to holistically contextualize their learnings from the trip. These cases are later used for students to teach in their local communities and to spur awareness about the topics their cases cover.
Our world wide networks provide us the opportunity of having a home wherever we go in the world
NetWings’ cooperation with the South American Business Forum is one
that allows our students to not only have a cultural experience but also delve
into business, political, and entrepreneurship topics that are pertinent to
Latin America. By aligning with this organization, NetWings united our Cohorts with
over 150 students, executives, and young professionals from around the world. Unique
to this Cohort is the focus to develop Spanish speaking and presentation skills
within professional scenarios.
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
"Getting involved in domestic and global conferences changed the frame of mind of my purpose, my goals, and introduced me to international friendships beyond imaginable. The moment I saw my life change in this way, I knew I had to find a way to bring these opportunities to others and so I founded NetWings to help do this."
"We now live in a society where ideas can cross oceans... and we should be encouraging our students to go forth and learn about the world and take on global challenges. We empower students to pursue these opportunities within and after NetWings." Watch my TedX video below for a deeper understanding of my perspective of travel."
We have a Global Committee around the world dedicated to helping us with the Cohort Selection Process as well as building our Curriculum.
Watch Emma Gavala,one of our Ambassador's ,represent her home country of Greece in her TEDx Talk on the importance of investing in your globalized self.
GLOBAL MENTORS TEAM
Each student Cohort is paired with an international mentor to Skype with prior to the trip and to meet in person while students visit their conference country. Our mentors represent over 42 countries, 26 languages, and over 19 areas of study and professional work arenas. The guidance and perspective our mentors provide is invaluable.
State Farm's Financial Sponsorship via Service Grants enables the funding of various NetWings Cohorts around the world.
In its launch year, NetWings was selected into the GoodCity Social Entrepreneurship Incubator. Being a part of this program has been critical in establishing and maintaining NetWings 501c3 status through pro-bono legal and financial services.
Hispanic Heritage Foundation
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation has helped to incubate NetWings in various capacities since its initiation.
The World Business Dialogue (WBD) based in Germany serves as one of our global conference sponsors.
The South American Business Forum (SABF) based in Argentina serves as one of our global conference sponsors.