City of Languages

by Bo Thao-Urabe | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

The St. Paul Public Schools indicates that there are over 100 languages that its students speak at home. This is incredible, but instead of seeing this a language gap, let's turn this asset into community development opportunities, and income generation for the city? Let's create a language bank where St. Paul residents can register the languages that they are fluent in, provide training to native speakers so that they are qualified to provide translations and interpreting, and create a business so that St. Paul can be the language provider for the rest of Minnesota.

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Bo

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Thao-Urabe

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Eagan

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Dakota

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United States, MN, Dakota County

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Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

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Your idea

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Title of your idea

City of Languages

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

The St. Paul Public Schools indicates that there are over 100 languages that its students speak at home. This is incredible, but instead of seeing this a language gap, let's turn this asset into community development opportunities, and income generation for the city? Let's create a language bank where St. Paul residents can register the languages that they are fluent in, provide training to native speakers so that they are qualified to provide translations and interpreting, and create a business so that St. Paul can be the language provider for the rest of Minnesota.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Title VI requires language access but the reality is that this area is severely underfunded and many community-based organizations and the private sector has tried to fill in the gap. We have the languages, the people, and the business models to build this language bank to scale. Scaling it could also drive quality by improving training for the interpreters/translators, and it could result in St. Paul leading the nation in terms of becoming a language center.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This idea could be realized and would have such a positive impact communities whose language is not English. It would also bring together Universities, small businesses, community and government to work together on something that would have great impact for all.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This idea will sustain itself because it would generate income.

Madeline Shevlin said: That is a very bright idea. It is always good to learn from others. about this Competition Entry. - 2467 days ago read more >
johnshantelle143 johnshantelle143 said: It is also good to learn new language. At least we would be able to understand people if we go to their place. - YOR Health about this Competition Entry. - 2559 days ago read more >

Bo Thao-Urabe updated this Competition Entry. - 2795 days ago

Bo Thao-Urabe submitted this idea. - 2795 days ago