In This Issue:

  • Community Cookout with Palestine and Israel Delegation
  • Home Hospitality Opportunities
  • Cuban Youth Program Host Families Needed
  • Young Leaders of America Initiative
  • Program Highlight: Serbian Economic Development
  • Colombian Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellowship
  • Shared Stories
  • Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Programs:

Palestine and Israel Teaching English as a Foreign Language Project
July 14-19

Cookout with Palestine and Israel Delegation
July 17

Jóvenes en Acción Youth Program
July 18-30

Role of NGOs in Promoting Women's Issues Global Project
July 28-August 2

HIV/AIDS Assistance for Stigmatized Groups
July 31-August 3

Cuban Youth Program
August 11-22

WEAmericas Program for Women Entrepreneurs
August 11-16

Promoting Social Change and Disabilities Awareness Through the Arts
September 11-14

Young Leaders of America Initiative
October 11-November 4

Global Ties KC Impact: Stories from the Community


"Thanks to Global Ties KC, the Kansas City Startup Village (KCSV) has played host to a number of visitors from around the world. We thoroughly enjoy sharing KCSV's story with the visitors, along with how Kansas City overall has become a powerhouse startup and entrepreneur ecosystem in America. Furthermore, putting on entrepreneurship panels which allow for engagement and interaction among local entrepreneurs and the visitors is always a wonderful experience for all involved.

"Some of my personal favorite moments are when the visiting groups require translators. It's a great reminder that the KCSV is literally playing host to people from amazing, faraway lands. Additionally, it's great to step back and watch as local entrepreneurs converse and co-learn with the visitors, creating new relationships that benefit each of them. Some of these relationships still exist today, as entrepreneurs and foreign friends stay in contact with one another.

"We look forward to welcoming more visitors in the future to Kansas City and the Kansas City Startup Village." -

-Matthew Marcus,
Kansas City Startup Village

Apply for the Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellowship!

The Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellowship is an English teaching opportunity in Colombia for emerging professionals.This English teaching opportunity is a collaboration between Volunteers COLOMBIA, Heart for Change, and Atlas Corps. It is a full-time teaching opportunity where native or near-native English speakers are taught the methodology to provide bilingual education in Colombia.

Benefits: stipend, health insurance, teacher training, ongoing professional development, the ability to gain first-hand experience in international development and engagement in the global Atlas Corps network.

Eligibility: Applicants must be between 21-50, have a Bachelor's degree, be native English speakers, and have a basic Spanish language skills (all levels encouraged to apply).

For more details about eligibility requirements and the application process, please click HERE.

We depend on you, our local community, to exist.  We are looking for more support as  we continue to grow.  Thank you to those who help already, and please let us know if you'd like to assist more- with your time, talent, or financial resources.

July Newsletter

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In the wake of the violence and terror going on worldwide this summer, the role of citizen diplomats and the power of relationship building via exchange is all the more relevant. The nonprofit, government, and military leaders we have hosted this spring from Bangladesh, Iraq, Turkey, & Saudi Arabia are applying the lessons they learned in KC to make the world a more peaceful place. Through Global Ties KC programs, you can be a part of this impact!

There are still plenty of opportunities to engage with the globe this summer and meet with influential world leaders. On July 17th, we will have a cookout with delegates from Israel and Palestine. This August we are looking for Spanish speaking host families to take students from Cuba for a week. Finally, there are many opportunities to serve as a home hospitality host. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

 You're Invited to Our Community Cookout
Featuring Ten Delegates from Israel and Palestine

1:00-3:00 pm Sunday, July 17
Franklin Park
Roe Ave & Somerset Dr
 Prairie Village, KS 66208


This month, Global Ties KC will be hosting a cookout featuring a delegation of English instructors from Palestine and Israel. These ten delegates are in Kansas City to enhance their understanding of the American culture, become knowledgeable on English teaching best practices, and experience the multicultural diversity that affects the evolution of American English.

Global Ties KC is offering the Kansas City community the opportunity to spend a relaxed afternoon with these individuals. There will be food, fun, and sun, so we hope you are able to join us! Please think about bringing a dish to share.

Home Hospitality Opportunities

Home hospitality hosts are responsible for picking up their delegates from their hotel, taking them home for a home-cooked dinner, then dropping them back off at the hotel at the end of the evening. It is a great way to get to know a small group of international guests in the comfort of your own home!  

Teaching English as a Second Language
Saturday, July 16

Who: 7 delegates from Palestine & Israel, we are looking for 4 families to each take 2-3 visitors

HIV/AIDS Assistance & Activism for Stigmatized Groups
Monday, August 1

Who: 7 delegates from Russia, we are looking for 2 families to each take 3-4 visitors.

WEAmericas Program for women entrepreneurs
Saturday, August 13

Who: 15 delegates from Latin America, we are looking for 5 families to each take 3 visitors
If you would like to host any of these visitors for a meal in your home, contact Josh Smith at or (816) 421-4242.

Calling for Youth Program Host Families

Cuban Youth Program

August 11-22, 2016

*At least 1 person in the household must be fluent in Spanish to host for the Cuban Youth Program

The Cuban Youth Program is sponsored and implemented by World Learning. While in Kansas City, the students will attend meetings and workshops to develop their leadership skills and learn about community development to be used in their home country.

Host Expectations: Host families are responsible for providing their students with a bed, breakfast and dinners, attending a farewell reception, and transporting delegates to a common location on the final day. From 9-5 on weekdays the delegates will be participating in meetings scheduled by Global Ties KC. The weekend will be free to spend time with host familes.

If you would like to host a student, or would like more information, contact Courtney Brooks at or by calling (816) 421-4209.




Program Highlight: Serbian "Economic Development"

During her time at  Dentons LLP , the group of five discussed topics ranging from the Serbian business climate and rule of law, to the role of the global market in Kansas City.

During her time at Dentons LLP, the group of five discussed topics ranging from the Serbian business climate and rule of law, to the role of the global market in Kansas City.

This June, Global Ties KC hosted Ms. Vesna Mizdrak, Legal Department Director of the National Development Agency of Serbia. During her time in Kansas City, Global Ties KC facilitated various professional and cultural appointments to contribute to her "Economic Development" program theme. This included an evening at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, and a tour of the World War I Museum. More importantly, Ms. Mizdrak met with prominent Kansas City corporate leaders from Dentons LLP and Commerce Bank.

During her time at Dentons LLP, the group of five discussed topics ranging from the Serbian business climate and rule of law, to the role of the global market in Kansas City. Mitchell Albert, Dentons Partner, said, "The United States' market has opened globally, and we have started representing that, because the benefit goes both ways", in response to Ms. Mizdrak's inquiry regarding the importance of international investments.

Ms. Mizdrak also gained valuable insight into the United States' financial institutions from a lunch meeting with Brian Gordon, Commerce Bank Senior Vice President & Manager of International Banking. Commerce Bank's experience as a regional leader in international banking added important perspective on promoting international business ventures to Ms. Mizdrak's Kansas City program.

We always look forward to hearing about the outcomes from professional connections, and we hope to hear of great things from this impressive visitor. Thank you to both Dentons and Commerce Bank for hosting!

Obama's Young Leaders of America Initiative (YLAI)

Kansas City was selected as one of 22 cities nationally to host the first annual Young Leaders of America Initiative. From October 11-November 4, 250 YLAI Professional Fellows from Latin America and the Caribbean will expand their leadership and entrepreneurial experience through 4-week fellowships at businesses and civil society organizations across the U.S.

10 of these Fellows will be coming to Kansas City to experience and learn from our entrepreneurial climate! While here, they will be mentored and provided with development opportunities through mutually-beneficial fellowship placements.

President Obama launched YLAI to build linkages between young leaders across the hemisphere. YLAIwill help address the opportunity gap for youth, especially women, by empowering entrepreneurs and civil society leaders with the training, tools, networks and resources they need to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic development and prosperity, security, human rights and good governance in the hemisphere.

Global Ties KC is excited to be a part of this momentous program, and we look forward to engaging Kansas City with these leaders! We are currently looking for interested individuals and companies to become Fellowship Hosts, which will provide a two-way exchange for learning and advancement.

If you or someone you know could be a potential Fellowship Host, please contact Courtney Brooks at or (816) 421-4209 for more information.

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