France Education Northwest (FEN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization originally founded by people involved in the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest. Its goal is to promote French culture in the Pacific Northwest through an active student internship program.
FEN aims to familiarize the people of our region, and especially youth, with the diversity and richness of several aspects of French culture. The group achieves its goals through these four main areas of activity:
À l’école – “France in a Suitcase”
“France in a Suitcase” is a one-hour interactive presentation for students of all ages (elementary to high school). It is facilitated by a pair of college-age volunteers (one American and one French) who use a specially prepared suitcase to take the children on a simulated “trip to France.” The students are encouraged to actively participate and learn about French traditions, gastronomy, geography and language.
Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures
This annual event, originating in 2013, is a major festival held each March in the Seattle Center that brings together representatives from the worldwide Francophone community. The festival is a celebration that has cultural, musical and educational components enjoyed by visitors of all ages.
FEN organizes French cooking classes throughout the year, allowing participants to join in the preparation of a French-themed meal, along with Chef Jacques Boiroux, a well-known Chef and TV personality. These classes are a great opportunity to discover French cuisine, learn tips from a professional chef, and enjoy a lively social evening.
FEN programming is facilitated by French interns who are recruited from top-tier French universities or Grandes Ecoles to train in the organization and help with program execution. The interns, who come to the Seattle area for periods of three months to a year, bring the freshness of their own points of view and personal experience to the programming.
Supporting FEN Programming
To support the programming and the associated costs in organizing the participation of the student interns from France, FEN relies on donations from private individuals and companies.
FEN holds 501(c)3 charitable institution status; donations are tax deductible and contributions can be made securely online HERE. Checks can be mailed to FEN, 2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 490, Seattle WA 98121. For those who gift from charitable funds, the organization’s registered name is “France Education Northwest” and the EIN is 26-0392161.