Pay it Forward on Chinese New Year (PIFOCNY) is one of Project Pengyou’s signature campaigns. Since 2015 during the week of Chinese New Year, Project Pengyou Chapters have participated in this national campaign visiting local schools in their communities to inspire curiosity in language learning, Chinese culture, and model cross-cultural bridge building. Reaching kids at a young age builds a foundation for lifelong discovery and the goal of PIFOCNY is that later in life children will approach not just U.S.-China relations, but anyone who is different from them, with empathy and respect.
Our Project Pengyou chapter teams, composed of American, Chinese and other international students, put together fun and engaging lesson plans with that teach both language and culture, including chopsticks races, Chinese paper-cutting, musical and taiqi performances, and more. Furthermore, we require that each Chapter works with a liaison at the host school to ensure the lesson plans are not only impactful, but safe and fun as well.
Check out photos from our 2017 and 2018 PIFOCNY celebrations and be sure to keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram during the Chinese New Year to see kids all over the country learning Chinese. ( #projectpengyou #PIFOCNY #Payitforward )
If you are interested in joining the fun, you can join this national movement by doing the following:
Over 90 Project Pengyou Chapters have been initiated across the United States by trained Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows. View our full list of Project Pengyou University and High School Chapters below and reach out to Project Pengyou HQ at email@example.com to refer a Chapter to a local school in your area.
The relationship between the United States and China is increasingly important, complex and challenging. It is now more urgent than ever for young people to come together to champion cross-cultural bridge-building and to fight xenophobia. We believe young Americans and Chinese with firsthand experiences in both countries are our most crucial and valuable assets in realizing a peaceful and constructive future for the United States and China. #PIFOCNY is dedicated to encouraging empathy and mutual understanding between Chinese and Americans starting with xiao pengyous. This is your opportunity to join this nationwide movement and be the change in your community.
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