The Mission of the
Institute for Cultural Communicators
...is to equip Christians to shape the future through authentic leadership and cultural communication.
Since its beginnings in 1997, ICC has grown from an annual Communicators for Christ tour into an organization offering a variety of programs, events and teaching materials designed to help all Christian students, from all educational backgrounds - public, private and home - become "cultural communicators"--people who can impact their culture through excellent communication of the truth. Our goal is to provide support and guidance to Christian schools, churches, and community education programs as together we train well-rounded communicators.
Our goal is to provide support and guidance to Christian schools, churches, and community education programs as together we train well-rounded communicators.
ICC Statement of Faith
We have developed a three-tiered approach to coaching cultural communicators:
1. We train students to become cultural communicators.
2. We assist parents to guide cultural communicators.
3. We equip teachers to develop cultural communicators.
Nationally recognized ICC-trained young instructors are peer mentors in bringing essential, practical, relevant and powerful communications training to cities all across the country.
Our unique structure enables us to reach even the most reluctant of students and inspire them to accept the challenge of becoming an effective communicator.
Through the Institute for Cultural Communicators and its various training programs, students have been empowered to act now.
A few ways in which our youth have made a difference:
Our youth have been able to make a difference in so many ways! Just a few of which are through:
-Generating support to stop genocide in Darfur.
-Raising awareness to help bring a stop to human trafficking.
-Leading speech classes in private and public schools.
-Increasing public awareness about political issues that affect youth.
-Building bridges with community leaders.
ICC offers numerous resources and training opportunities for parents, teachers and students. Brief descriptions of a few of them are included here. Additional literature used in event promotion is attached.
Communicators for Christ Tour Conferences
Even though good communication skills are vital to their success, many students (and most parents!) are still terrified of giving a speech. CFC conferences use ICC’s Christ-centered curriculum to train students in oral and written communication, teamwork, and problem solving through action packed, interactive, fun filled labs and activities.
Parents and teachers participate in coaching sessions, gaining tools for training Christian communicators and leaders. ICC conferences help students see past their fear in a non-threatening, encouraging environment where everyone has a chance to succeed, regardless of their level of experience speaking in public.
The Annual National Convention
Where we gather from across the country to master our communication skills for the Master. A barrage of intense training and excitement is headed this way!
Through comprehensive discussions, advanced and interactive training, intensive focus on a variety of specific skills, individual critique, coaching, and a multitude of fun and applicable activities sprinkled throughout every day of the conference, you’ll come away from this event equipped and inspired! In classes led by nationally-renowned speakers and guest instructors, your communication skills will be brought to the next level.
Flood the Five Conferences
"Flood the Five" comes from the statistic that only 5% of Americans are ready and willing to command the public platform. The Institute for Cultural Communicators is committed to coaching Christian speakers to flood that 5%.
These one and a half to two day long events, conducted on school campuses provide Christian middle school and high school students opportunities to develop skills in three distinct areas: thinking, speaking and connecting with audiences.
Our faculty in-service program is intended to accomplish the following objectives:
1. Equip faculty with resources for coaching communicators through Professional Development workshops; modeling curriculum and instruction;
2. Assisting school administration with tools to integrate communication education as a cornerstone of academic and character training; present a comprehensive approach to communication education.
ICC builds Communications Magnet schools and school groups in the following three ways:
Curriculum – ICC offers curriculum in communication education for all grade levels from grammar school through high school including specialized training in apologetics, interpretation of literature, policy and value debate. These ready-to-use teacher resources make it easy for any education program to teach communication skills in any of these areas.
Integration of communication education – Our team of instructors provides in-service training for the school’s faculty to help schools seamlessly incorporate communications training into the broader curriculum.
Co-curricular activities – ICC Chapters motivate students to practice the concepts and skills they learn in class. The Chapter Program provides opportunities for schools, students, and teachers to network with each other and create joint platforms for their students to practice communication.
Becoming a "leader" requires more than gaining a “following." Authentic leadership comes from practicing service, treating others with respect, and putting the needs of others before our own. Our curricula, leadership programs, and peer-mentoring events give students the chance to practice leading and serving others in a Christ-like manner on and off the platform. As they progress through our leadership ladder, students earn more opportunities for responsibility and the ability to share the skills they’ve learned with students in their communities, at national events, and in other countries.
These guided programs allow students to confront the difficulties of leadership and deal with them in a safe environment. This prepares them to step up and speak out respectfully and authentically whenever God opens an opportunity. From apprenticing at a local conference to becoming a student instructor or a fall tour intern, ICC provides a variety of opportunities for students to practice leading, following, and communicating in a fast-paced, energetic environment.