Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC), today announced that Global Nomads Group (GNG) is using Polycom ® RealPresence ® video collaboration solutions to support “Youth Talk,” an interactive video collaboration program for students ages 14-18 that helps build increased awareness and understanding between teens in the United States and the Arab world. This is the latest joint effort by GNG and Polycom, who have been working together for 14 years to connect tens of thousands of youths globally to discuss topics ranging from the war in Iraq to the natural habitat of the Mountain Gorilla in Rwanda, resulting in increased understanding and tolerance for the world's diverse cultures. The two organizations also recently announced another joint effort to bring UNESCO’s “Teaching Respect for All” initiative into Brazil and the U.S.
Polycom donated the infrastructure and video endpoints that make the range of GNG projects possible. As the most comprehensive software infrastructure available for universal video collaboration, the Polycom ® RealPresence ® Platform delivers secure video collaboration across any combination of environment (on the road, at home, at work, in conference rooms, or immersive theatres) and device (smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, and office and room systems).This flexibility enables GNG to deliver a wide variety of educational and interactive programs without having to worry about the technologies at the different schools involved – such as Youth Talk, which in the 2011-2012 school year is connecting four high school pairs, including schools in Manja, Jordan and Sharon, Massachusetts. Watch the related video.
“Through our Youth Talk program, we pair schools for a year, working with teachers in many countries to help break down stereotypes and stigmas,” said Chris Plutte, executive director of Global Nomads Group. “Polycom video enables us to take kids places they could never go otherwise, as flying across the world is just not a feasible option. This year, young people in the U.S. are meeting face-to-face via Polycom video with their peers in classrooms around the world, including Jordan. It’s a life changing experience for students in the program.”