Why is student travel important?

By the end of 10th grade, a student has completed their adjustment year and are now preparing for college preparatory courses, testing, as well as shaping their curriculum vitae. Social impact of travel, improves classroom participation, improves test scores, improves self-esteem, improves cultural awareness, improves awareness of others. It enhances creativity, it is a stress reliever and can strengthen personal identity, all benefits in supporting a student in their collegiate or vocational pursuits. 

According to Educational Impact, a study conducted at The Jamesville-Dewitt Central School District, a student at the 10th grade level:

Intellectual Development

  • Transition from a dependence on concrete information toward abstract information and reasoning

  • Develop fundamentals of academic skills, profiting from opportunities to explore other subject areas through science labs, home economics, industrial arts facilities, foreign languages, etc.

Psychological Development

  • Develop their own aspirations

  • Establish emotional patterns

Social Development

  • Establish and distinguish greater social development compared to youth older or younger

  • Associate with a larger, more diverse population of peers

I AM C.U.L.T.U.R.E.D. Program Benefits

Obtain a passport

School / community-based fundraising opportunities

Cultural workshops

Empowerment workshops

A week-long excursion at little-to-no-cost

Small travel groups 


Community service hours

Counseling services

Once-in-a-lifetime memories with lifelong friends

To Be "C.U.L.T.U.R.E.D."

To be open-minded, to learn, to embrace, to apply all five senses in an innovative and empowering cultural capacity.

The acronym "C.U.L.T.U.R.E.D." connects to a self-affirmation used throughout the program to develop dreamers, believers and achievers.


  • Confident

  • Unique

  • Leading

  • Tenacious

  • Unstoppable

  • Regal

  • Educated

  • Daring