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Culturally Educating Young Children

Uniting children of different cultures and backgrounds in their communities, educating them early on creating early cultural awareness.

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Updates: How has your idea changed or evolved throughout the Prize? What updates have you made to this submission? (1500 characters)

I have shifted my idea such that it may be unrealistic to have parents take time out of their schedules for a cultural education class, so I thought maybe it could become more of a fair type of thing where people of different cultures set up a booth about their background, traditions, and ways of life within their culture. Kids may go around and not only be able to view other booths but also get to interact with the children within, helping to build relationships.

Name or Organization

I, Haleigh Ginder am the applicant. Julie Hinman is my instructor and I am yet to obtain partners for this project.


I attend Normal Community West High School in Normal, Illinois.

What is your stage of development?

  • New Innovator, with less than one year of experience in ECD


  • Individual

What is the stage of your proposal?

  • Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Describe your submission in one clear sentence

Culturally Educating Young Children aims to implement cultural learning at an early age in order to create social awareness and harmony in the community.

Describe how your solution could be a game-changer for your selected Opportunity Area (600 characters)

My solution could heavily impact my town, breaking the norm of social pods and unintentional segregation, letting the next generation unite at an early age, allowing harmony to become more and more apparent as they age.

Select an Innovation Target

  • Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries.

Tell us more about your innovation (1500 characters)

This event of Culturally Educating Young Children aims to implement cultural learning at an early age by setting up booths for children to show their passions and hobbies and cultural background in order to create social awareness and harmony in the community. This will give kids a new outlook and create interest in others lives around them.

What problem are you aiming to solve? (3 sentences)

I am aiming to solve the issue of i=unintentional childhood cliques and lack of cultural unity.

Who benefits? (1500 characters)

1. Parents, Children, students, teachers, the general community. They will all benefit from this idea because they will learn things about other people that they normally not exactly by choice but just naturally wouldn't have associated with. This will unite the community and break habits of staying in cliques based on backgrounds. 2. I interact with many children and teens daily. I observe these unintentional cultural clique tendancies every single day in high school. Students tend to associate with people just like them, which is natural, but this may cause tension or create a lack of unity within the community.

Do you have the people and partners you need to do what you’ve described? (500 characters)

I am looking for partners who would be willing to spread the word about this event and help make it an enjoyable learning experience for children.

Are you willing to share your email contact information submitted on OpenIDEO with Gary Community Investments?

  • No, please do not share my contact information


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