Qatar: “Wired World” – Youth Environmental Awareness
Qatari & US high school-age students came to Tampa Bay on July 19, 2010 to
volunteer for a beach clean-up at the Sunshine Skyway Blackthorn Memorial Park beach. The International
Council brought the group to Tampa Bay through a program with the Qatar Foundation International and Meridian
International Center (an IVLP program agency for the State Department). This was a non-IVLP program.
The International Council partnered with "Keep Pinellas Beautiful, Inc." for the beach clean-up,
and with the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel for post-clean-up activities. In the first such event of its kind, 40
high school students from four Independent Schools in Qatar joined 40 US counterparts
for a tour that combined science and service. Among their planned activities were
responding to the effects of the oil spill on marine life along the Gulf coast. The students have been participating in a “Wired
World” digital video conferencing program throughout the year. This program brings them together in the US.
While in Florida, the group also visited and volunteered at the Kennedy Space Center.
This project is organized by the Qatar Foundation International (QFI), a
private U.S. foundation established on the principle that education can transform for the better individual
lives, communities, and nations. It’s mission is to promote education as a force that builds strong local
communities, facilitates collaboration across geographical, social, and cultural boundaries, and builds a
network of global citizens who communicate effectively and work together to find solutions to pressing global
“Keep Pinellas Beautiful”
is a non-profit (501c3), all-volunteer based organization whose
objectives are to:
· “Promote litter removal and prevention education
· “Promote recycling as a daily practice of good
Solid Waste Management
· “Pursuit of the protection and improvement of
· “Protect, maintain, and improve the beauty of
Beautiful, Inc. is recognized as the leading organization in Pinellas County for management and promotion of
volunteer efforts to remove and reduce urban litter and marine debris.