100 Days Selected Project for Global Relations

In a time when issues of cultural intolerance and discrimination are at their peak, Global Minds was developed to create meaningful relationships between native English speakers and ESL students. This program serves as an educational support system for ESL students and further educates native English speakers about other cultures, in the hope of creating more globally minded young leaders.

In the first 100 days, we plan to launch a consistent weekly program building friendship between ESL and native English speaking students at a local high school. Through activities, homework help and group discussions, both native English speakers and ESL students will overcome prejudice and stereotypes in order to achieve respect and understanding. Instead of isolation and alienation, Global Minds will link all students together. With the 100 Days funds, we will be able to provide essential technology to ESL students, bring in guest speakers, fund field trips, purchase general supplies and create a pilot program that can potentially expand to other ESL magnet schools. The fact that our program is student driven is very important. The student leadership is dedicated to engaging their peers in a meaningful service learning program that will make a powerful impact! Students will have the opportunity to share what they have learned with other students across the curriculum, meaning that Global Minds will reach every student in some way!

If we all share our goals, concerns and opinions, we can work together to achieve a cohesive and inclusive community. We have English as a second language students (ESL) engaged that come from over 20 different countries and speak 16 different languages; this diversity is amazing and all students should see it as a great strength! It is my responsibility as an American, native English speaker and global citizen to stand up for those without a voice and use my skills to positively impact my student community. 100 days of changing minds. 100 days of changing the world!

Project Leader/Applicant:

Peyton Klein from Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill)

Additional Team Members:

Jane Valinsky, Jessica Porter

Project Budget:

$4,500

Important Dates:

  • January - May: Global Minds Weekly Meetings and Activities
  • February 28: Global Minds Guest Speaker- Nonprofit executive, Cultural Leader, Activist
  • March 14: Global Minds Service Project- Global Minds will partner with another organization to allow our students to give back to the Pittsburgh community
  • March 28: Global Minds Educational Field Trip- Museum, Exhibit, Cultural Center
  • April 18: Global Minds Integration Activity- Bowling, Movie, Zoo (Activity is meant to further integrate ESL Students and have fun)
  • April 25: Global Minds Service Project- Global Minds will partner with another organization to allow our students to give back to the Pittsburgh community
  • May 16: Global Minds Guest Speaker- Nonprofit executive, Cultural Leader, Activist
  • May 30: Global Minds Service Project- Global Minds will partner with another organization to allow our students to give back to the Pittsburgh community
  • June 6: Final Session 2017 Banquet and planning for 2018 year