As president Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s 100k Strong initiative gains momentum, they have found support from all over the public sector, even from within the music community. On July 29, 2011, Hilary Clinton met with will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas to organize a concert in Beijing later this year in support of the initiative.
The 100,000 Strong Initiative was officially launched in May of 2010 in order to dramatically increase and diversify the number of American students studying abroad in China. As Michelle Obama noted earlier this year, “studying abroad isn’t just an important part of a well-rounded educational experience. It’s also becoming increasingly important for success in the modern global economy. Getting ahead in today’s workplaces isn’t just about the skills you bring from the classroom. It’s also about the experience you have with the world beyond our borders — with people, and languages, and cultures that are very different from our own.”
“In order to become responsible global citizens, young people need to experience the world around them,” will.i.am said. “Kids from underserved communities rarely have the opportunity to study and travel abroad, and we want to change that. We must make sure that American students have the cultural awareness and skills necessary to succeed in a global economy.”
The concert is being organized by Americans Promoting Study Abroad, which is a US-based nonprofit organization offering full scholarships to public high school students for language and cultural studies in China.
Proceeds from the concert will be donated to support and operate programs abroad for underserved American students studying in China.
You can learn more about the initiave and how you can support studying abroad in China here.