Inspiring Youth to Become Active Global Citizens

by Concern Worldwide US
July 2014 Student Field Visit to Tanzania
July 2014 Student Field Visit to Tanzania

GCC is excited to bring the strengths of our resources and offerings into one year-long student engagement program for the 2014-15 school year. Over the summer, the team has been preparing the content for the various components of the student program, which will include: 

  • Standards-Aligned Curriculum: Six lessons to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to tackle this year's theme of Innovations in Global Health. 
  • Global Youth Summit: An all-day conference focusing on collaboration, problem solving, and project design.
  • School Community Action Plans: Students take action on the global theme in their local communities.
  • Concern to Action Showcase: Year-end celebration of student learning and community action plans.
  • Student Field Visit: Selected student leaders visit one of Concern's operational countries to learn more about the issue firsthand in the developing world.

In addition to the program preparations, GCC brought two students and two teachers from NYC and Chicago to Tanzania in July to visit Concern's livelihoods programs and to connect them to local youth for cross-cultural exchange. As Julia, a 18-year old student participant summarized, “This trip is a great way to see other cultures in a way that you never would if you just came with your family. You get to learn and experience new things about yourself and others. It was a life-altering trip I'll never forget.”

NY Global Summit Workshop
NY Global Summit Workshop

Through speaker presentations, student workshops, and after school clubs, GCC engaged 1,440 students in the NY and Chicago area to explore, speak out, and take action on various global poverty issues.

In New York, GCC brought over 95 students from nine high schools together for a collaborative day exploring the theme of "Displacement: Fleeing Harm, Finding Home" for the 8th Annual NY Global Summit Workshop. Students worked with Concern field staff to explore solutions to the displacement crises in the Philippines, South Sudan, Syria, and Haiti. 

In Chicago, GCC worked with over 75 students from six high schools to explore the theme of "Women and Girls: The Key to the Future" for the 3rd Annual Chicago Student Workshop. Students learned about the state of women and girls in the developing world and identified solutions across a number of sectors that would improve the lives of women and girls in poverty.

GCC also faciliated a number of workshops on "Dreams for a Better Future", encouraging students to think about how they can make a difference in the lives of others using their passions and interests. Students made inspiration boards and wrote messages of hope on their arms for a collection of dream photos to share with others.


Bake A Difference at a NYC high school
Bake A Difference at a NYC high school

Global Concerns Classroom (GCC) kicked-off the 2013-14 school year with continued partnerships with educators to foster global learning and action in US secondary students. Through school presentations, student workshops, and after school clubs, GCC reached 800 students to explore issues around global hunger, water, child survival, HIV and AIDS, and education.

Our first Bake A Difference campaign launched around World Food Day in October. Students learned about global hunger and raised awareness in their school communities about the issue. Participating schools collectively raised over $1,200 to support Concern Worlwide's health and nutrition programs in the developing world.

GCC also reached 600 educators through conferences, workshops, and professional development training including exhibiting at the National Social Studies Conference in St Louis. In collaboration with member organizations from the NYC Global Education Coalition, GCC hosted a two-day professional development workshop for educators on fostering global competency at Bank Street College of Education in NYC.

As one educator commented, "GCC materials are super compelling; my students are highly engaged and really motivated. The lessons involve critical thinking and research and the activities are really varied. They learn about issues that are actually happening and put them in roles that they could hypothetically contribute to.”

We look forward to hosting the 8th Annual Global Concerns Student Workshop in February, where 100 high school students will gather in NYC to explore the theme of "Displacement: Fleeing Harm, Finding Home".


School Bake Sale for Haiti
School Bake Sale for Haiti

Over the summer months, Global Concerns Classroom has been working hard to develop new curriculum for classroom learning and student engagement for the 2013-14 school year. Our popular global issue guides were updated and revised with latest statistics and materials covering a wide range of topics for classroom and extracurricular use. In addition, four new themed unit plans were created for high school classrooms that are aligned with Common Core and National Social Studies standards. New webpages were made in our Student Action Page featuring downloadable social media assets that can be used for awareness and fundraising campaigns. A club guide and student kit was also created for schools interested in starting or continuing a Global Concerns Club to bring awareness of global poverty issues to their community. GCC looks forward to partnering with students and teachers for another successful year of global learning and action. To view our new curriculum and student engagement materials, visit our website!


In the 2012-13 school year, Global Concerns Classroom (GCC) reached 3,000 youth and 500 educators through direct programming to increase global awareness and action in U.S. secondary schools. Indirectly, GCC reached an additional 300 educators and their students through GCC resource sharing and support in classrooms.

Highlights from the year include hosting two annual global summit workshops in New York and Chicago, bringing together over 80 students each workshop from various high schools to work collaboratively to find solutions to a pressing global issue. A new theme was featured for this year's NY global summit which focused on "Women and Girls: The Key to the Future".

In addition, GCC shared 34 speaker presentations both in-person and through Skype, faciliated 12 student workshops at individual schools, supported three after-school clubs and a human rights class through a GCC-created Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) curriculum. As NYC high school Human Rights teacher, Julie Mann, comments:

 “Working with GCC's MDG curriculum was transformative for my students and myself. Not only were all of the activities extremely well thought out, interactive, and highly engaging, but they also involved critical thinking at the highest level. Each week my students were challenged to research topics related to the MDG's and human rights, synthesize the information, and create real-world solutions to very serious problems of global poverty. This curriculum is not only perfectly aligned with the new Core Curriculum standards, but offers students a chance to develop empathy for human rights crises going on today, and what's even better, it gives them a chance to see how they can make a change.”



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Concern Worldwide US

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Sylvia Wong
New York, NY United States

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