At M.U.R.A.L. (Magnifying Urban Realities and Affecting Lives) we believe that urban inner-city youth should become global citizens to explore cultural similarities and differences that are prevalent in international communities. We seek to empower youth by offering culturally relevant educational programming to our students.
The Off the Block Study Abroad Program (OTBSA) is the vision of our Co-Founders Ayesha and Wasalu Jaco. As youth their parents immersed them the cultural diversity of Chicago neighborhoods and kept National Geographic Magazines in the home to provide a window to the world.
Inspired by creativity and a deep curiosity the Jaco youth began to travel. After exploring many parts of the globe, they wanted to make sure inner-city youth like them had the chance to become global citizens.
Our recent Give Tuesday Passport campaign has allowed us to provide 30 inner-city youth with passports to study culture in various parts of the Caribbean.
We are seeking a monetary donation to support 10 inner-city youth to perform and present at the 2017 Rex Nettleford Arts Conference at the Edna Manley Arts College in Kingston Jamaica October 11-14th.
With your help Chicago teens will continue to be " Ambassadors for Peace."