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Securing the Future of Persian Immersion Language Education in the US

By: Yalda Modabber, Executive Director, Golestan Kids

Golestan Kids is a nonprofit Persian language immersion school for children in Northern California. Our mission is to promote a strong sense of cultural identity through daily immersion in the Persian language, arts, and traditions. Speaking exclusively in Persian, Golestan's teachers employ a hybrid, progressive curriculum to nurture and promote good citizenship to children. Golestan's rich and unique program has created a buzz in the Bay Area and in Persian communities around the country and is considered by many the crown jewel of the Bay Area Iranian community's accomplishments.

Since 2008, we have been establishing the school, training and retaining excellent teachers, and perfecting the curriculum. In the past 5 years, Golestan has created a replicable education model that all Iranian communities across the United States and Canada can use to establish similar programs with our help. We've worked with over a dozen communities, of all backgrounds and there are now 6 schools in the Golestan Collective ( ) across 3 states. Boostan a sister school has just received its license and has launched in San Mateo, California. We have been able to spread our program nationally and bring Persian language immersion education for children to many communities. We are also pleased to announce that our first Persian audio book of children's stories will be released March 2013. Our goal is to not only provide a model of early childhood Persian education, but to develop tools and educational materials that can be useful to all families everywhere in the diaspora and in Iran.

Now we find ourselves at a major crossroads.  Our building is for sale and we need to finally buy a permanent home to prevent the displacement and insecurity that comes from being forced to move. Renting is no longer an option as we are constantly at the mercy of increases in rent and the decision by any landlord to sell the building. Moving also creates disruption and halts our momentum in attaining our larger goals. The goal of the Capital Campaign is to raise donations to purchase a permanent home for Golestan. By achieving this goal, we will finally be able to offer financial aid to less privileged children, we'll be better able to help other Iranian communities start new schools and we will be able to focus on our goal of launching a Kindergarten through 8th grade dual language immersion school, in Persian and other languages. We need your help to achieve this goal!

This is our chance to secure the future of Golestan.  By doing so, not only will there be a school like ours in every major metropolitan area in the next ten years, but our children (and our children's children!) will someday send their own kids to Golestan or a Golestan inspired program in their area. Please join us in securing Golestan's future. You can find out more Information on how to donate to the Capital Campaign on our website. Please contact Yalda Modabber, the executive director of Golestan, to learn more (

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