Alwaleed Philanthropies North American Bridge Network

As members of the Alwaleed Philanthropies North American Bridge network, TeachMideast and Middle East Policy Council work in collaboration and cooperation with the following educational and outreach organizations to increase dialogue and understanding of the Middle East, the Arab world and Islam.  

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The Arab-American Institute is a non-profit, nonpartisan national leadership organization aimed at increasing the political and civic participation of Arab-Americans in the United States. AAI focuses on policy formation and research, as well as campaign participation.

Yalla Vote is a grassroots voter mobilization and education campaign. It consolidates voting information for states and regions with high Arab-American concentrations, and provides election news roundups each week detailing foreign and domestic developments relevant to the Middle East. AAI also offers scholarships for high school and college students, as well as internships for students at the bachelor’s or master’s level.

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Bridges of Understanding is a non-profit organization that engages in educational, outreach, and special events programming to bridge the divide between the people of the United States and the Middle East.

Bridges at School is a curriculum developed for American middle school classrooms. Contextualizing the Arab world and providing a unique series of both critical thinking and creative exercises that shed light on the rich historical, scientific, mathematical, religious, and cultural legacy of the region, this program focuses on themes of global citizenship and identity through a series of analysis-based activities. Bridges at School highlights poetry and values-based paired texts; fashion and style; visual art; food and spice; drama; music; language; medicine and science; and media. Activities are available free of charge via the online platform NextLesson.

Bridges of Knowledge fills the gap for American educators seeking to empower their students with a more nuanced understanding of the Arab world than Western media representations often allow. For communities keen on discussing pertinent issues of the day, Bridges of Knowledge provides a series of turnkey, hour-long activities on such subjects as the origins of Islam, the Arab Spring and Syrian conflict, and ISIS and the rise of regional terrorism. Activities are available free of charge via the online platform NextLesson.

The Institution for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) is an independent, nonpartisan research organization specializing in addressing the most pressing challenges facing the American Muslim community and in bridging the information gap between the American Muslim community and wider society.

Through objective, empirical applied research ISPU supports the American Muslim community to develop, contribute and innovate, offering actionable recommendations to inform community change agents, the media, the general public and policy makers alike. In addition to building in-house capacity, ISPU has assembled leading experts across multiple disciplines, building a solid reputation as a trusted source for information for and about American Muslims.

Be sure to check out their new Toolkit for Educators, which helps foster a safe learning environment for all of your students, especially those who happen to be Muslim. For more information, please visit: www.ispu.org

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is an American non-profit, non-governmental, educational organization dedicated to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world.

The Model Arab League is the flagship student leadership development program of NCUSAR. Models are similar in organization and format to the older and more widely-recognized Model United Nations, with its 193 member states. An important difference between the two is that the MAL focuses only on the 22 member states that comprise the League of Arab States. Through participation in the National Council’s MAL program students learn about the politics and history of the Arab world, and the arts of diplomacy and public speech. MAL helps prepare students to be knowledgeable, well-trained, and effective citizens as well as civic and public affairs leaders.

In addition, NCUSAR runs an intensive summer internship program for university students and recent graduates in Washington, D.C.

Soliya uses new media technologies to facilitate dialogue and communication between societies.

Their flagship virtual exchange, the Connect Program, is an online cross-cultural education program integrated into curriculum. It links students from more than 100 universities in 27 countries through videoconferencing, where they are able to engage in substantive dialogue and build respectful relationships. The Connect Program is facilitated by trained students and professionals.

Soliya is a strategic partner of Search for Common Ground.