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    Project BAM

    Connecting the local and the global   

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    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County, Asbury Park High School, and Monmouth University’s Institute for Global Understanding (BAM) partner in the UN Academic Impact Project to promote and align projects to enhance educational opportunities, human rights, and intercultural exchanges in local and global communities.

    After a very successful pilot, IGU plans to continue the program with a variety of workshops designed to reach out to the community and engage students in exploring opportunities for higher education through a learning experience based on mentorship and friendship.

    Program Sessions:

    WMCX RADIO — Students are given a tour of the radio station. The discussion includes college study and career opportunities in the field of radio.

    DEBATE WORKSHOP — Members of the Monmouth University Debate Hawks team conduct a workshop to encourage students to develop self-reasoning, confidence, communication skills, and sportsmanship as students brainstorm the pros and cons of an issue. Students also learn how debate and the values it imparts, as outlined above, are essential leadership skills as well.

    Monmouth Debate Hawks with Asbury Park High School
    Monmouth University Debate Team with Asbury Park High School students

    CAPOEIRA WORKSHOP — Students are introduced to Capoeira. an Afro-Brazilian martial art dance combining the elements of martial arts, music, and dance. This program is geared toward self-discipline, using art to create self-esteem and confidence while strength building.

    HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD — This workshop focuses on different holidays around the world and how different cultures celebrate them. Students learn about different cultures and how they celebrate major festivals, engage in crafts associated with them, and taste food from around the world. Students will learn cultural awareness and participate in intercultural events.

    Holidays Around The World Session
    Holidays Around The World event

    NON-VIOLENCE T-SHIRT PROJECT — Realizing violence is a major issue in our society, this workshop, held in reverence to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, includes a presentation of the philosophies of Gandhi and King and how they can be used in personal and community living situations. Students also create messages of peace and non-violence and write them on T-shirts to share their ideas of how they can make non-violence a part of their lives.

    HEALTH EDUCATION — This session seeks to spread awareness about substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and other health issues. Preventive methods are discussed as well as various healthy lifestyle choices.

    ADMISSION/RESIDENTIAL LIFE — Students engage in a presentation by a Monmouth University Admission officer about the college admissions process, what to focus on, how to complete the application, when to apply, and more. The presentation also covers procedures, strategies, and planning needed for successful college and/or scholarship applications.

    ATHLETICS - This presentation focuses on how sports can serve as a channel for self-esteem, self-control, team spirit, cooperation, and inclusivity. Students who have a varsity high school sport talent learn how they can channel it while pursuing higher education.

    RECOGNITION CELEBRATION — Mentors and mentees share their experiences and assess outcomes of the year’s program. They provide feedback on the events and discuss ways of improving them. Participants receive certificates of participation and celebrate the friendships they have made. They assess the values of learning life skills, the opportunities provided through higher education, and how they can make college a reality. All of these are done in a friendly environment, which is noncompetitive and relaxed, and focuses on strengthening the self-esteem of the participants.

    For more information on UNAI at Monmouth University, please contact IGU Acting Director Dr. Saliba Sarsar at sarsar@monmouth.edu or call 732-571-4474.