An Org You Should Know: NC4GE

If you’ll remember this post, you’ll remember that I took a special trip to Atlanta last week to help celebrate the campaign launch of an amazing organization, the National Center for Global Engagement (NC4GE).  So what would prompt me to take a spontaneous road trip just to attend this particular event? It’s hard to put into words, but when you really believe in something, you believe in its purpose, and you want to show your support (and you’re unemployed so you don’t have to call in ‘sick’), you just go. A lot of people asked me why I would go to Atlanta just for a day (less than 24 hours really), and if there was ever a reason to do it, NC4GE would be it.

I’ll save the story of how I found out about NC4GE and got involved with their cause for another day.  Today, I’ll just spend a minute letting you know about the organization, itself – and why you will probably hear about them on a grand scale in the very near future.  First check out this video from 2007 (Bardoli Global has now evolved into the K-12 portion of NC4GE):

NC4GE is an organization that provides access to educational, civic, and professional opportunities abroad to high-potential students of color who have the abilities, but who may not have the resources or exposure to do these things on their own.  It is more than just your typical study abroad company.  Although studying abroad plays a major role in the participant’s experience with NC4GE, their journey doesn’t stop there. In fact, it is merely the beginning – which really sets NC4GE apart.  Right now the highlight of the organization is the high school piece (yes this organization reaches you long before you get to college) which includes a summer study abroad, a service project related to their study abroad or professional interests, and an internship.  The study abroad experience is not only an opportunity to see the world and come home with thousands of photos and stories; it is an opportunity to come back to the U.S. with the determination to take something you learned and do something about it. People who go through NC4GE can honestly say “study abroad changed my life.”  Currently they have sent high school students in the Houston, Atlanta, and Charlotte, NC metro areas abroad through this program.  I can only imagine how many more cities will be added to that list in the next few years given the determination, passion, and sheer ingenuity of the people behind NC4GE. 

There is so much more I can say about NC4GE so I’m thinking this may have to be a multi-part post before it gets too long. The next post will be all about last week’s event. Hopefully I’ll be able to find some pictures.  To learn more about the National Center for Global Engagement, visit their website or follow them on twitter – they can express their mission much better than I!


Atlanta, Come Party with NCGE (and me) 4.7.2010

Who doesn’t like a good party for a good cause? If you are in Atlanta, you should definitely check out the launch party for the National Center for Global Engagement‘s (NC4GE) Annual Campaign. It’s from 6-9p next Wednesday, April 7, 2010.  Here are the details from EventBrite (where you can also purchase tickets):

Please join the National Center for Global Engagement (NC4GE) as they host the official launch for their Annual Campaign at W Atlanta Downtown’s DRINKSHOP. Hosted by media sponsor Urban Lux Magazine and corporate sponsors Shell Foundation, Sylvan-Laureate Foundation Inc., HSBC, and Marathon Oil Company. 

This launch party is designed to support the vision and mission of NC4GE: To increase access to worldwide educational, civic and career opportunities for working-class Americans of color from kindergarten to college and beyond.
Second Floor
W Atlanta Downtown
45 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30308

Tickets are $30 per person. The first 125 people to purchase their tickets will receive VIP tickets including complimentary valet parking at W Downtown Atlanta as well as one of DRINKSHOP’s signature cocktails! A silent auction with amazing items, including a cruise for two, will also be held.

You do not want to miss this amazing event which supports an even better cause! See you at DRINKSHOP! You may purchase tickets online here. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.


DRINKSHOP is a true hotel bar serving up custom crafted cocktails made with only fresh ingredients and paired with specialty ice so your last sip tastes just like your first. Experience a culinary approach to cocktails while supporting this worthy cause.


To learn more about the National Center for Global Engagement, click here or their blue header above.  They are actually putting into action the very ideas and beliefs that I (and this blog!) stand for.  I have been fortunate enough to volunteer with NC4GE for a few months and they have some really amazing trailblazers on board – people you will be reading about and watching on the news and the Biography channel and will want to post pictures of that time you met them at DRINKSHOP ;). Plus, I’ll be there! If you’re my friend, and you’re in Atlanta, get a ticket! I’ll only be in Atlanta for a day or two before heading off to Nashville – so this is like the guaranteed way that we’ll be able to catch up over awesome drinks and of course – a good cause. See you there!