• NETWINGS CORP

    "Nothing is too heavy for those that have wings"

    WHAT MOTIVATED THE CREATION OF NETWINGS?

    Listen to our Co-Founder, Jacqueline Martinez, discuss NetWings themes in her TEDx Talk titled "In Cities I'd Never Lived"

  • OUR VISION

    Learn more about the vision that guides our organization

    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.

     

  • OUR PLATFORMS

    Constructed on an international emphasis platform, NetWings is dedicated to

      engaging high school and college youths via domestic and international

      conference exposure opportunities. NetWings students are selected to interactive

    JetSetNetwork Cohorts around the world, during which they  participate in non

    traditional learning and networking methods in alignment with our 6 platforms.

     

     

    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.

    PROFESSIONAL MULTILINGUALISM

    We promote effective multilingualism; the value of not only speaking various languages but

    perfecting language proficiency in professional and academic settings. Students practice how to

    convey ideas in a clear, inclusive, and global way while participating in international conferences.

    More importantly, students become exposed to the importance of learning more than one language

    and seeing how one language can be used within various countries around the world.

    DATA VISUALIZATION

    We look to lower the barriers in data exploration by promoting data visualization as a

    creative means for youth to synthesize data, map relationships, and most importantly,

    convey concepts in a universal language. We see the value of data visualization as

    another way to break down barriers of communication and as a way to exchange ideas

    effectively. The culmination of our story telling, travel experiences, and

    conference exchanges comes to life via podcasts, case studies,and videos to further

    engage in technological avenues to connect minds from around the world.

     

    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

  • our strategy

    Learn more about our strategy in taking students to global conferences

    STEP 1

    PRE-WORK

    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.

     

    STEP 2

    MENTORSHIP

    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.

     

    STEP 3

    TRAVEL

    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.

     

    STEP 4

    ACT

    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 TRAVELS

    Our world wide networks provide us the opportunity of having a home wherever we go in the world

    GERMANY

    NetWings’ cooperation with the World Business Dialogue 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 Europe. By aligning with this organization,

    NetWings united our Cohorts with over 300 students, executives, and young

    professionals from around the world. Together with  the World Business Dialogue, our Cohort

    students engaged in actionable dialogue to build innovative solutions related to

    issues throughout Europe.

    ARGENTINA

    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.

  • our team

    Who are the JetSetters piloting NetWings?

    ISABELLA MARTINEZ

    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."

     

     

     

     

    JACQUELINE MARTINEZ

    CO-FOUNDER

    "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."

     

    GLOBAL COMMITTEE

    #TEAMWORLDWIDE

    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.

    Watch Here

    GLOBAL MENTORS TEAM

    #TEAMWORLDWIDE

    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.

  • SPONSORS

    We could not operate without the help of our various sponsors throughout the globe

    State Farm

    Financial Sponsor

    State Farm's Financial Sponsorship via Service Grants enables the funding of various NetWings Cohorts around the world.

    GoodCity

    Incubator Sponsor

    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

    Operations Sponsor

    The Hispanic Heritage Foundation has helped to incubate NetWings in various capacities since its initiation.

    WBD

    Conference Sponsor

    The World Business Dialogue (WBD) based in Germany serves as one of our global conference sponsors.

    SABF

    Conference Sponsor

    The South American Business Forum (SABF) based in Argentina serves as one of our global conference sponsors.

  • HOW CAN YOU INVEST IN US?

    In a couple of different ways....

    become a travel sponsor

    We take our students to conferences around the world! In order to attract a wide demographic of students, we provide a limited amount of partial or fully funded travel scholarships. We realize that often, the main barrier to participating in programs is a financial one. Help us to lessen the opportunity gap by partially or fully sponsoring a future student's flight today! Funds invested by you via 'Travel' will be restricted to providing students either partial or fully funded travel scholarships. Our travel sponsorships are in increments of $500, $1,500, and $2,000USD. We also accept travel mile gifts. Click below to send us an email expressing your interest in becoming a flight sponsor! A NetWings representative will contact you within 24 hours with further information.

     

     

     

     

    BECOME A CORPORATE SPONSOR

    Much of our work is possible due to our Partnerships throughout the world. Thanks to the generosity of our Corporate Partners, we are able to continue our impact. Click below to send us an email expressing your interest in becoming a Corporate Sponsor! A NetWings representative will contact you within 24 hours with further information.

     

     

    BECOME A COMMUNITY SPONSOR

    It truly takes a village to maintain NetWings. When we travel, we like to sport NetWings Gear to create more awareness of our programs! When we host fundraising events, we are always on the look out for best deals with food and beverages. We also like to entertain our guests at our fundraising events or provide raffle items to raise more funds. You name it, we need it! Can your company provide free or discounted rates for t-shirts, food, entertainment for our events? Our Community Sponsors have been integral in our development. Click below to send us an email expressing your interest in becoming a Community Sponsor! A NetWings representative will contact you within 24 hours with further information.

    BECOME AN OPERATIONS SPONSOR

    We have many other costs associated with our programming. Many of our investors do not wish for their funds to be restricted to solely Travel and so they provide a general investment to be used toward Operations for NetWings Corp. Click below to invest today!

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    Applications are now open for our 2017 European JetSetNetwork and close on Nov 10th 2016.

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