Nearly 200 Teens from Asia, Africa to Meet with Newark Youth

Newark, NJ (July 18, 2012) — Nearly 200 teenagers, including youth from China, Africa, Thailand, South Korea and Newark, will take part in a cultural exchange as part of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Emerging Global Leaders Seminar on Monday, July 30, 2012. The events will take place from 10:30 am-3:00 p.m. at the New Community Neighborhood Center, 56-68 Hayes St. in Newark.

The international teenagers are in the United States to attend FDU’s Emerging Global Leaders Seminar and the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations, taking place from July 28-July 31.

A highlight of the program at New Community will involve students from each nation participating in youth-led discussion aimed at applying local solutions to help solve pressing global issues like extreme hunger, poverty, and child mortality. Preschoolers from New Community’s two early learning centers in Newark plan to welcome the visitors with songs in their native languages.

During lunch, the students will have an opportunity to learn more about each other, develop friendships and share their culture. 

“New Community Corp. is delighted to host such a wonderful cultural exchange featuring  young people from Asia, Africa and Newark,” said Monsignor William J. Linder, founder, president and CEO of New Community Corp. “I am certain that life-long memories will be created from the discussion and other interactions that take place between these dynamic groups of young people that will foster a greater understanding and appreciation of one another’s culture.”

New Community Corporation is recognized as one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profit community development agencies in the United States. New Community provides services in four basic areas: housing, health care, job training and education. The organization was founded in 1968 after the Newark civil unrest with the mission of improving quality of life for inner city residents to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement.

During the morning session, students will be welcomed by NCC founder Monsignor William J. Linder and Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Patrick Sciarratta, Executive Director of the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, which promotes cultural exchanges, and Dr. Jason Scorza, Vice Provost of Global Learning, Fairleigh Dickinson University will also address the students, along with Dr. Joanne Murphy, FDU Director of Programs with Intergovernmental and Nongovernmental Organizations.

The international students will be staying at The College at Florham of Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Ave., Madison, NJ 07940 during their visit.

New Community Corporation (NCC) is headquartered at 233 West Market St., Newark, NJ 07103. More information on New Community Corporation can be found at

Fairleigh Dickinson University, the largest private university in New Jersey, has two uniquely different campuses: The College at Florham in Madison, NJ, and The Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, NJ, — offering doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees. The university has a campus in Wroxton, England, and Vancouver, British Columbia. It also has affiliations and partnerships with numerous institutions throughout the world. Dedicated to the preparation of global citizens through global education, the University features more than 100 degree programs. It was the first traditional university to require that all undergraduate students take one distance-learning course per year. 

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