Program Offers Youth a Global View 

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Before Angel Gaston decided to attend Howard University this fall, she wanted to study subjects she hadn’t considered before, for a career she didn’t even think was possible.

“I was thinking about studying Mandarin Chinese and also linguistics,” said Gaston, 18, who recently graduated from the Washington Metropolitan High School, a District public school in Northwest. “I can become a U.S. ambassador or work as a translator.” Gaston speaks Mandarin fluently.

“It’s an intense language,” she said, “but I [picked] it up easily.”

However, since this isn’t a course that Howard offers, Gaston said she’ll consider international communications as her major because one day, she would like to return to the People’s Republic of China.

Two years ago, Gaston explored Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing with more than a dozen other young people who participated in the Community Global Initiative (CGI), a competitive program created and sponsored by the H Street Community Development Corporation (HSCDC) in Northeast.

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