BUBW Conferences were launched in 2006 to give American high school students, International exchange students of diverse cultural backgrounds and various faith traditions, and high school students from countries around the world, an opportunity to meet and learn from one another. The international exchange students are in America through U.S. Department of State sponsored programs such as YES, FLEX and CBYX, in addition to other private exchange programs. BUBW conferences in America are held annually in three cities: 1) Orlando, Florida, 2) San Diego, California and 3) Baltimore, Maryland. CECF has conducted 35 BUBW conferences with participants representing 78 countries.

Vision

A world of multi-cultural / religious understanding and cooperation

Mission

To provide multi-cultural youth-oriented leadership and interfaith programs for life-transforming opportunities

Overview

The most pressing issue our youth face today is how they view the “other”. CECF strives to transcend these boundaries of fear through collaborative interaction and multi-cultural dialogue with students from various faith traditions and cultures around the world via:

  • Diversity & Multi-Cultural Competency Training
  • Leadership Development
  • Conflict Resolution & Peace Building Workshops
  • Interfaith Experiences

While the interfaith segment of the conference is principally focused on the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, participation is open to all high school youth, irrespective of their background.

The five-day BUBW conference focuses on important issues such as:

  • Diversity & Multi-Cultural Competency Training
  • Leadership Development
  • Conflict Resolution & Peace Building
  • Interfaith Experience
  • Civic Engagement
  • Community Service 
  • Countering Violent Extremist Ideologies

Goals & Objectives

  • Facilitate dialogue that fosters mutual understanding and cooperation between youth from diverse economic, social, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • Expose youth to the beauty of diverse faith practices in a pluralistic world with emphasis on respect, common values and our shared humanity
  • Discuss the dangers and solutions for discrimination, radicalism, ethnic nationalism and religious extremism, which have historically been recipes for wars and conflicts
  • Introduce various aspects of leadership and skills building
  • Develop global-minded and multi-culturally competent citizens
  • Focus on leadership development and being ambassadors of good will, reconciliation and justice
  • Encourage civic engagement among participants
  • Cultivate ties of friendship and encourage future leaders to foster and seek out a better world and a better future for all

Resources

Upcoming Events

Past Reports