International TrendsThe mission of this facet is to expand the global platform for programs designed and developed to service the educational, health and cultural needs of people of African descent throughout the world. The signature programs are the Schomberg Scholars and the United Nations Youth Leadership Program.

The Schomberg Scholars Program

In partnership with the Schomberg Library, which houses a unique repository of African-American literature, we offer a serious of intensive programs annually to about 30 youth in the Harlem community to help them explore and understand their African heritage and history. This includes lecture series and oratory contest during Black History Month, as well as other enhanced programs.

Annually, the Schomberg Scholars are hosted at the United Nations for the day of recognition of the International Slave Trade. As part of this program, the Schomberg Scholars meet peers from New York State as well as across the globe via video conference and learn not only about the international slave trade but also about careers in the foreign service.

The Schomberg Scholars and their families have also been invited to participate in the DNA Project. DNA kits are provided to test the origins of their racial and geographic origins. This has strengthened the participants’ sense of identity at key time in their life and development.

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