Global and Multicultural Education Center
31 W. 31st street
Kansas City MO 64108
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 753-2372
Fax 816- 753-2372
Mission Statement
Building public support to promote international and multicultural education and enhancement of knowledge of global interdependence and awareness and appreciation of our common humanity. G.A.M.E. focus is on diversity education, human rights of women and children. peace building and environmental issues. 
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Sara M. Pedram
Board Chair Mrs. Gail Forstater co-president
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Activist & volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1982
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Building public support to promote international and multicultural education and enhancement of knowledge of global interdependence and awareness and appreciation of our common humanity. G.A.M.E. focus is on diversity education, human rights of women and children. peace building and environmental issues. 
Background Statement
The Global and Multicultural Education (G.A.M.E.) was established in 1982 to enhance international and intercultural understanding, global citizenship and the belief that “people have the ability to develop a positive attitude; a sense of global identity, tolerance and understanding toward a global community.” Education is an essential element locally, nationally and internationally to reduce conflict and increase human understanding regardless of nationality, race, color, religion or ethnic background. G.A.M.E. was registered officially with the Missouri Secretary of State, June 8, 1982 and received the (501)(3) tax-exempt status.
GAME.’s first project was a pre-service education project that included a semester of urban diversity program for education major students in cooperation with the participating colleges and universities, in which Dr. Pedram was involved for a number of years. As a result of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for teacher training in international understanding, GAME collaborated with the International Center, Shawnee Mission School District, to provide in-service projects and its first publication titled Education for a Global Community: Resource Unit, was widely disseminated. A grant from the Department of Health and Human Services provided for a Refugee Leadership Workshop and publication: Developing Refugee Leadership: Moving Toward Self-Sufficiency. G.A.M.E. has consistently provided training and resources for classroom teachers and students and community at large. Other GAME successful activities include: International Careers and the Global Environmental project, with the support of the Kansas City Kauffman Fund, which was implemented in a number of public, charter and private schools in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
The three-day conference in March-April 2000, on the U.N. Rights of the Child (CRC), with distinguished children’s advocates and speakers, highlighted the organization’s commitment to women and children’s rights and collaborations with a number of community coalition groups locally, nationally and internationally. GAME’s quarterly newsletter, “Global Concepts,” has examined many diverse global issues ranging from poverty, peace, and environmental issues to human rights.  G.A.M.E. celebrated its 35th anniversary in June 2017, with Mr. Alvin Brooks as keynote speaker, recognizing the importance of longevity and significance of global and multicultural education. 
Impact Statement

In all activities, G.A.M.E. focuses on making an impact on promoting awareness and understanding of the interconnectedness of planet earth, coupled with an appreciation of cultural similarities and diversities, which unite the human race.  

The past two Peace Builder events were held in January 2016 and 2017. Award recipients included Dr. Tom Patterson, Director International Studies, Johnson County Community College; and the Don Bosco Center.  In January, 2018, award recipients were Matthew Hughes, Director of International Relations Council (individual),  and the Ethnic Enrichment Commission (organization). Both recipients were recognized based on their community outreach to promote harmony and peace among the diverse population of the greater Kansas City community. The Peace Builder Awards event has become one of the signature events to recognize those who are working toward non-violence and peace.  The impact of the event coincides with the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration and generates greater public participation.
G.A.M.E.'s eighth Kansas City biennial human rights advocacy project (CRC-CEDAW) in October-November 2014 featured a major 30-panel exhibit at UMKC Miller Nichols Library titled "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World. The 9th biennial conference was held October 15, 2016 at UMKC Student Union, with numerous panelists and presenters highlighting the CRC and CEDAW United Nations Conventions. The 2018 Activism for Human Rights conference, with the theme of "Diversity, Equity, Ecology, and Peace" is planned on October 5...and will continue the mission/vision of the organization. 
Quarterly International Dinners featuring speakers on significant educational and international issues provides a venue for community participation, diverse groups of speakers including students on topic of social issues and speakers on English as second language for non-English students and adults. 
Needs Statement
The Global and Multicultural Education (GAME) needs continue to be
  1. Due to the need for equity and human rights of diversified population, G.A.M.E. is in search of additional contributions and funds to expand our outreach to a larger segment of the greater Kansas City population.  
  2. To increase outreach to schools, particularly to Pre-K age children.
  3. To increase the ability to reach middle school and high school students to participate in Model United Nations project.
Service Categories
Alliances & Advocacy
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Global and Multicultural Education (GAME) is a local grass roots organization focused on international and intercultural understanding. We seek to further Kansas City in the global objectives of promoting equity and diversity and improving care for our earth's finite resources. The GAME board of directors consists of socially aware and active individuals supporting our earth (specifically, peaceful relations with its inhabitants) and provides Kansas City with a venue for concerned citizens to build upon our city's reputation as internationally astute regarding international and intercultural understanding. For 35 years, GAME has sought to improve human rights, educate our local population, and improve our environment with educational and community based events. With Co-Presidents Marlena Boggs and Gail Forstater, the board supports women's and children's rights conferences, educational initiatives with schools, Peace Builder awards and other activities that further our mission. Our grass roots organization thrives on our members' desire to build a world fit for children.

Marlena Boggs and Gail Forstater, Co-Presidents

Since 2000, biennial conferences on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) have been  G.A.M.E.'s primary project.  This provides an opportunity for networking with local organizations of similar objectives. 
  1. Promoted awareness of human rights issues.
  2. Served as a forum for a community gathering of all segments of Kansas City and other regions of the U.S.
In 2016, the 9th biennial "Activism for Human Rights" conference was on October 15, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Student Union. Since 2000, the emphasis has been on children and women. Due to its relevancy and importance, a new theme was added  to increase the scope of the activism; titled Diversity, Equity Ecology and Peace. This project was implemented on October 5, 2018.
Program Budget $15,000.00
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, Females
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The short term success is measured by an increase in active citizen participation, classroom exercises, and school activities on issues surrounding the U.N. Conventions on human rights policies that embody every level of the human population.  Raising awareness about human rights issues will broaden Kansas City community awareness on human rights. In the short term, we are encouraged by the sponsorship of various organizations and their support for continuation of this project.
Long-Term Success The longevity of Biennial Conferences indicate the success, with variety of speakers on different issues, exhibits and evaluation.  Long term success will be proven by a cultural shift in Kansas City in which citizens become more aware and active in the world community. Kansas City will become recognized as an innovative and passionate center for children, women, and human rights issues. Future conferences will generate participants with the new theme of diversity, equity, environmental issues and peace. It will attract national personalities to support the cause as it has in the past.   
Program Success Monitored By Two types of evaluation are used. One is factual and objective, where the participants, using a 1 to 5 scale, mark their evaluation of program objectives, activities, and large and small group discussion series. The second instrument used for evaluation is subjective, asking participants to describe their overall reaction to the conference, speakers, moderators, and related interactive conference activities.
Examples of Program Success
Long time interest and participation of diverse organizations and schools for this project.
Description Since it’s beginning, G.A.M.E.’s Global environmental issues projects have been instrumental in advancing the teaching of climate change and protecting the planet. The Global and Multicultural Education Center (G.A.M.E.) Summer Institute with the UMKC School of Education, Continuing Education, and EPA fund has provided an opportunity for classroom teachers to enroll in the CLIMATE CHANGE: MYTH OR REALITY instruction series, for credit, to gain more advanced and up-dated information about climate issues and teaching strategies that enable them to advance the climate issues in their classrooms at various levels of education. In addition, GAME has provided monetary assistance (when funds were available as a result of solicitation through foundations, such as Kauffman Foundation) to classroom teachers to purchase environmental materials and tools needed to enable them to design and implement teaching units relevant to their classroom levels on major environmental issues.
Program Budget $5,000.00
Category Environment, General/Other Climatic Change
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Students as our future generation, need to become aware that the planet earth is our home, and we share the same destiny with other living things…plants and animals all are affected by daily decisions and actions of those living on this planet. Awareness of the environmental issues is a serious educational and human concern requiring special knowledge, which is a personal responsibility for each individual.Student /teacher participation in advancing recycling in schools, reducing waste, and participating in community clean-up activities.
Long-Term Success In response to increasing interest in climate change, and its enormous economic and health impact,particularly on children, this program is designed to improve qualifications and professional skills of classroom teachers to become "stewards for the environment" make possible for students become actively responsible to advance actions that improve the environment.
Program Success Monitored By The project requirement includes classroom teacher’s design of relevant instructional units, list of materials, teaching strategies and related activities in which students become involved. In addition, classroom teachers provide G.A.M.E.’s supervising team with copies of their teaching units and student projects as well as opportunity for visit and observation of special classroom activities.
Examples of Program Success Review of student’s work on designated issue, observation of classroom activities and final evaluation of designated program. From past activities we have a series of collected teacher units, students research paper etc.
Initiated in 2007 to honor annually an individual and a grassroots organization that has demonstrated personal, political action, and educational commitment to non-violent and more just global society. 
Beginning in 2015, Peace Builder events are scheduled in January to coincide with the Martin Luther King non-violent movement and recipient list is growing as reflected in G.A.M.E. website. 
2017 recipients were Tom Patterson, Director of International Education, Johnson County Community College for his annual Peacebuilding Conferences. Don Bosco Center, opened in 1940, for welcoming and settling immigrants in Kansas City, English as a Second Language instruction and life skills classes Keynote speaker was Mary Jean Eisenhower, CEO of People to People International. She created "Peace Camp in 2003: An Evolution of Thought and Action" and the Global Peace Initiative, consistent with the mission of G.A.M.E. 
Program Budget $0.00
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Citizen Participation Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Our guiding principle for short term success is to identify and recognize, from a list of qualified candidates, those whose visions and actions meet and highlight a performance that is in line with GAME mission, vision and direction, and to thank dedicated individuals and organizations in the face of countless challenges.
Long-Term Success The Peace Builder award was designed to recognize of individuals as well as organizations locally, regionally and nationally that in the past decade have actively enhanced G.A.M.E. mission of “promoting international and intercultural understanding.” The success is defined in term of selection of an individual and an organization with a driving force in the area of political, economic, education and environmental justice with a focus on global community and the project has become locally well-recognized.
Program Success Monitored By As in all other project activities, this program will be regularly evaluated and examined and the recommendations by the participants and board members are given serious consideration in the implementation of this project.
Examples of Program Success Program success is monitored by set criteria, that reflects the individual and organization’s activities and performance meets the mission of the Global and Multicultural Education Center.
G.A.M.E.'s Peace builder is finding, recognizing and celebrating the individuals or groups who have contributed in non-violence and peaceful human society and global community.
CEO Comments "G.A.M.E. provides a global sense of investment in the Kansas City area by reaching both youth and adults. The overriding foundations of curiosity and respect for diverse lifeways of our own, as well as other cultures, provides members and participants with an ideal exposure to culture. This organization has already proven itself with Thirty-five years of globalized education, putting it way ahead of the current surge of interest in diversity, multicultural education, and globalization." Matthew Westra, Board of directors. "Over the past thirty years we have welcomed into our family five foreign exchange students and three foreign exchange teachers for individual stays of six months to two years. From these experiences and considerable travel abroad, we have acquired an interest in other peoples and cultures. We have found in GAME an opportunity to share and expand our understanding of the richness of the World Community. We consider GAME to be a contributor to world peace based on mutual respect and understanding of all peoples." Arthea and George Saller GAME Board of directors.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Sara M. Pedram
Term Start Sept 2006
Experience Long-term career in non-profit organizations. 
Former CEOs
Dr. Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram Ph.DJune 1984 - Sept 2006
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 15
Retention Rate 0%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino -1
Native American/American Indian 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
G.A.M.E. as education organization has continuous collaboration with schools, colleges, and various organizations including the University of Missouri-Kansas City Women's Center, Economic Department, the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City, Soka Gaikke International (SGI), Physicians for Social responsibility and others. Most program activities are planned by a steering committee, including representatives of other institutions with similar missions and objectives to provide diverse viewpoints, actions and direction of the project's implementation. 
World Citizens to Dr. PedramMayor's annual United Nations Celebration1983
Children & Women's Rights conferencesMayor's Proclamations2008
GAME 20th anniversaryMayor Barnes Recognition2002
CRC/CEDAW conferenceGovernor's Proclamation2006
Peace and Social Justice AwardUnitarian Universalist Kansas City, Mo, Annual Award, 20102010
Peace and Social Justice AwardPrairie Star District Unitarian Universalist Annual Award2010
Letter of Endorsement of Children's Rights Inaugural ConferenceFirst Lady Hillary Clinton2000
Proclamation recognizing the Work of Global and Multicultural Education for Biennial Human Rights Conference and Dr. Manouchehr (Manny) Pedram, created in 2000 in Kansas City, MOKansas City Mayor Sly James2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Gail Forstater co-president
Company Affiliation Community Activist & volunteer
Term May 2019 to Apr 2021
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mrs Tysie McDowell-Ray
Company Affiliation Crossroads Schools
Term May 2019 to Apr 2021
Board Members
Mrs. Gail R ForstaterTeacher-Early Childhood Education
Mrs. Barbara McAteeCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Tysie McDowell-RayChief Academic Officer Crossroads Academy
Ms. Fiona MorrisDoctoral Student- UMKC
Ms. Usha PradhanVolunteer, Activist
Mr. Godlove TebeHigh School Teacher-Foreign Language
Mr. Matthew WestraLONGVIEW Community College
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 92%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 25%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Advisory Board Members
Ms. Marlena BoggsUS Immigration
Mr. James GrebeAuthor, Community activist
Dr. Yolanda Huet-Vaughn M.D.Physician
Mr. Matthew HughesInternational Relations Council, Director
CEO Comments The 35th anniversary, on June 4, 2017 was a celebration of Global and Multicultural Education's longevity, challenges, and opportunities. It provided the review of many diversified educational activities of G.A.M.E, its founder and directors. This event gave the membership a review of the organization's future with two co-presidents and the challenges of moving forward.
Fiscal Year Start May 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Apr 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $7,226
Projected Expenses $6,365
Endowment Value $12,000
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 4/30/2018, 2017, 2016:  Financial information reported using IRS Form 990-EZ. 
  • Foundations/Corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$2,416$4,708$2,164
Administration Expense$3,357$3,607$11,462
Fundraising Expense$193$268$494
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.241.231.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses40%55%15%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$14,933$14,933$12,928
Current Assets$14,933$14,933$12,928
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$14,933$14,933$12,928
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments As founder and director, my focus and emphasis has been project oriented and fundraising has been secondary and for the implementation of designated program activities. This policy still remains in force with the approval of the board of directors.
Other Documents
Activism for Human Rights- Issues to Acction2016View
GAME brochure2016View
Organization Name Global and Multicultural Education Center
Address 31 W. 31st street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 753-2372
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Sara M. Pedram
Board Chair Mrs. Gail Forstater co-president
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Activist & volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1982