Teachers from Romania Come to Maryland for Mental Health Program

November 14, 2022

BALTIMORE, MD – Five secondary and high school teachers from Romania will be in Maryland for nine days, starting October 21, to learn about mental health best practices that are used in the United States and could be applicable to their country.

They will visit a local high school and meet with experts from Sheppard Pratt, Urban Teachers, Baltimore Curriculum Project, Maryland State Department of Education, the National Center for Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, National Alliance of Mental Illness, Baltimore City Public Schools, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. They will learn about various models and policies to reduce barriers to learning, how to teach students about mental health conditions, education programs for underserved communities, treatments for mental illness, and more.

The group will be hosted by the Baltimore-based World Trade Center Institute, which curates programs for more than 700 international visitors per year. The delegation was chosen by the Congressional Office for International Leadership (COIL), an agency of the United States Congress that promotes mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders. WTCI is the only organization in the State of Maryland certified by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to host COIL delegations.

The visitors will be accompanied by a facilitator and an interpreter, and they will stay with host families in the Baltimore region.

About WTCI: WTCI empowers people with ideas and connections so they can drive growth and global good. The organization focuses on existing and emerging global business leaders in the Mid-Atlantic – from high school students to executives in the C-Suite – whose work touches people in the United States and countries around the world. Its network includes 3,500+ companies and hundreds of academic institutions, government agencies and nonprofit organizations, making it the largest network of global businesses in the Mid-Atlantic. WTCI hosts events, offers fellowships and curates global exchanges. For more information on WTCI, go to www.wtci.org.

About COIL: Founded in 1999 by Congress, the Congressional Office for International Leadership (formerly known as the Open World Leadership Center) maintains a vast network of more than 30,000 alumni in strategic countries including Russia, Ukraine, and others in the Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. It supports legislative diplomacy efforts for Members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish authentic communication and enduring relations that are maintained through its extensive alumni network. Through COIL’s Open World program, people are provided with exposure to the work of Congress, American politics, accountable governance, and volunteerism while being home hosted by American families. To learn more about COIL, go to www.openworld.gov.

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