Learning Life is now seeking individuals and organizations interested in helping to build a “World Affairs Pipeline” connecting lower-income DC children to opportunities and careers in international relations.

The Challenge

Washington DC is a world city divided.  On one hand, DC is home to thousands of individuals and organizations daily engaged in international affairs.  On the other hand, DC is also home to thousands of lower-income youth that have traveled little if at all outside DC, and are largely disconnected from the wider world as well as their own community.  These two groups are in some ways worlds apart, yet often live just blocks apart, and may cross paths daily, strangers to each other.  Nonetheless, both groups are inescapably part of a wider world increasingly connected in at once exciting and frightful ways.  Those disengaged from an early age may not only be left behind, but become the resentful rather than caring global citizens we need.    

World Affairs PipelineThe Proposed Pipeline

There is much that caring individuals and organizations in metro DC can do to help bridge the divide between these two groups, but it takes vision, collaborative planning, and follow-through.  It also takes a pipeline.  Committed groups already build steel and plastic pipelines to deliver oil and gas to homes and businesses across the world.  So can they build social pipelines that nurture, in coordinating ways, caring global citizens from kindergarten to after-school, weekend and summer youth and family programs, to internships and volunteer opportunities, to higher education programs and apprenticeships, to jobs and careers in world affairs.

This is what we propose.  We are Learning Life, an educational nonprofit based in Ward 8 of Washington DC.  Our flagship program, the Citizen Diplomacy Initiative (CDI), engages lower-income Ward 8 families in live dialogues and project collaborations with lower-income families in other nations to help democratize diplomacy, and nurture more caring and capable global citizens.  We are small but innovative.  We know we can achieve more in partnership with like-minded metro DC international organizations.  We know that transforming the lives of lower-income youth is not easy, but committed groups working together in the long-term can transform people, cities and the world.

Get Involved

We are currently connecting with stakeholders to gather input toward the making of a plan for a DC World Affairs Pipeline.  To discuss further, please contact us at email@learninglife.info.