Connecting students across the globe

In today’s world, fostering global citizenship in our youth is more important than ever.  

1990 Institute’s PenpalPengyou program – “pengyou” is “friend” in Mandarin – introduces American and Chinese students to each other online, creating personal connections so that they can discover similarities, such as similar interests, families, schools, and dreams for the future, as well as appreciate differences. 

Penpal Pengyou connects students by pairing classrooms in the U.S. and China through technology. 1990 Institute locates and matches teachers of similarly-aged students in the U.S. and China, and these teachers can develop projects together. This form of politically-neutral, culturally-rich communication between teachers and students in China and the U.S. is at the heart of 1990’s mission of increasing understanding between our two countries.