Global Citizenship: Inspiring Students to Explore our World!
Chris Bashinelli speaks for the college age generation. He hails from Brooklyn, New York and studied acting, expecting to be the next John Travolta. However, travel was calling him and he could no longer ignore it. Chris quit acting after a stint on the popular series “The Sopranos” to spend a month in Tanzania (Africa). He has since traveled from Tanzania to Thailand, Haiti to Native American communities in the US, Indonesia to Uganda – and it has changed his world. Chris’ experiences abroad motivated him to create and host “Bridge the Gap,” an entertaining educational TV series (broadcast into 45 million homes in 80 markets) that empowers young people to explore other cultures and to value diversity. His enthusiastic speaking style has landed him numerous speaking engagements at the United Nations (including their International Peace Day 2011) and as the keynote for Jane Goodall’s National Roots and Shoots Youth Leadership Retreat. Chris is also an energetic emcee, recently presenting and facilitating the TEDx event at Wake Forest University.
His presentation on global citizenship inspires young people to explore diversity beyond their local communities and to go boldly into this world believing that anything is possible. Using tales from his life in Brooklyn and his extensive, immersion experiences abroad, Chris will inspire your students to move from thoughts to action in determining their place in this world.
Did I mention that Chris is 25 years old? You and your students will be inspired!
Here is an interview with Chris (mp3): http://www.nativetelecom.org/audio/producerprofiles/bashinelli_profile.mp3