NetWings is a cross cultural exchange program that provides early global exposure platforms for high school & college students to interact with the world via attending prestigious international conferences.
Our vision is for students to emerge from NetWings with a greater knowledge base across a fortitude of arenas, an increased appetite to actively engage in current global issues, and most importantly a heightened responsibility to apply their global learnings within their respective communities.
MOBILITY & EXPOSURE
The term exposure is often utilized within the education space, however, we don't justuse 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
STEP 1 PREWORK
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 AMBASSADORSHIP
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.
Hispanic Heritage Foundation
World Business Dialogue
South American Business Forum
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 travel scholarships as well as payment plan options.
We realize that often, the main barrier to participating in programs is a financial one. Help us to lessen the opportunity gap by sponsoring a student's flight today! Funds invested by you via 'Travel' will be restricted to purchasing airfare for students.
We also accept gifted miles. 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!