On behalf of Global Kids, a leading nonprofit in the field of virtual world education, we would like to invite your organization to apply to participate in a series of free professional development trainings in virtual worlds for nonprofits. Supported by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, the Virtual Worlds Capacity Building for Nonprofits Program aims to facilitate nonprofit organizations in developing an informed strategy on how to integrate these new media tools into their missions.
Starting in June of 2010, Global Kids will be working with a cohort of 5-8 civic and cultural organizations to introduce them to the myriad applications of virtual worlds for the public sector. The “Virtual World Capacity Building Program,” now in its final semester, is a four-week crash course in virtual environments, specifically tailored to the interests and needs of nonprofit institutions. Participating organizations will get to explore different virtual worlds, test out different tools and applications, and learn about cutting edge projects run within these 3D, online spaces. The entire program will be facilitated remotely, via conference calls and by logging in to the virtual world of Second Life, so you can participate from anywhere in the world.
This is the last time Global Kids will be offering this free professional development opportunity. All interested organizations are encouraged to apply. Selection preference will be given to organizations that are mostly closely associated with Global Kids’ core values of education, youth development, civic engagement, human rights and international affairs. Unfortunately, they are only able to accommodate up to eight organizations for a given semester.
Applications are due by June 1, 2010. We will inform selected participants by June 10 via email.
Sample topics of the Summer 2010 Capacity Building Program:
* How organizations are using virtual worlds to enhance their real world conferences and events
* Why educational institutions from K-12 to university are interested in virtual worlds
* What networks and communities of practice can help your organization get started in virtual worlds
* How to budget and plan your first virtual project
To apply, please fill out the short online form at http://tinyurl.com/summerVWCB2010.