Be a champion for gender justice.

Global Scholar: Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls. Virtual and Intergenerational. July-August 2021.

Global Scholar prepares youth to be visionary leaders and bold changemakers around urgent global challenges.

The Time is Now

There is no time to waste in tackling the greatest challenges facing us today, from intolerance to climate change.

Youth Have Power

Youth are the bold and visionary leaders we need to transform our world. No other generation has the fresh perspective and untapped creativity of youth.

We Must Act

Every moment is an opportunity to expand our understanding, work with others to craft solutions, and engage our world. Everything matters.

This summer we’re excited to offer our first multi-generational program, focusing on one of the greatest and most enduring challenges of our day: advancing the rights of women and girls. The challenges are clear and complex. In the United States, women still earn 0.79 cents to a white man’s dollar. That number is significantly lower for women of color, and moms. And on an average day, women globally spend about three times as many hours on unpaid domestic and care work as men (4.2 hours compared to 1.7). At the current rate of progress, it will take another 108 years to reach gender parity. We can and must do better.

We invite high school youth and an elder (parent, mentor, other!) to join us to:

  • Learn from experts about challenges facing women and girls in the US and worldwide. Scholars will explore framing concepts including: the human rights framework, the evolution of modern feminism, gender justice, and more. They’ll also take a deep dive into three hallmark issues for the women’s rights movement: workplace justice, including equal pay; reproductive rights; and access to education.
  • Unpack underlying systemic challenges around gender justice, racial justice, and more. Like every other challenge we face, threats to the rights of women and girls are based on deeply-rooted economic, social, institutional and personal biases. Moving forward on any of these issues requires an intense examination of why and how we got to this place.
  • Build powerful skills for engaging your peers and communities around advancing the rights of women and girls. We’ll start with personal reflection on our own power and privilege, then move on to building skills for engaging others through dialogue and conflict-resolution. We’ll cap it all off with a deep dive into skills for speaking out, from writing for a local paper to meeting with an elected official to organizing a group or event.  The experience culminates with each team drafting a project they can launch in their community.

Who is this program for?

This program is for rising 9th-12th graders and an adult (parent, mentor, other!) who are curious about advancing the rights of women and girls and building skills to take action on this issue.

Where will this program take place?

This four-day program will take place online every other Sunday from 5-8pm ET beginning June 27 and ending August 8. Sessions will consist of issue seminars, skills workshops, small-group conversations, and of course – fun and interactive activities and team “challenges”.  We run a great and very engaging virtual program; we have been designing and delivering online workshops for many years, most recently for the State Department-funded Stevens Initiative. Read student testimonials from our 2020 virtual Global Scholar program here.



We know this has been an incredibly difficult year for many families financially. As a non-profit organization, our goal is to reach as many youth as possible with this life-changing experience. Our “pay what you can” model suggests a program rate based on your income, with an aggressive commitment to ensuring that as many participants as possible are able to participate regardless of their ability to pay. Our suggested program ratesfor the pair of participants (student and adult) are as follows:

  • Tier 1: $654/participant. This reflects our real cost for running the program. We suggest this rate if your net family income is over $150,000 annually.
  • Tier 2: $495/participant. This is a discounted rate appropriate for families earning between $65,001-149,999 net income annually.
  • Tier 3: Contact us. If your family earns below $65,000 annually and you are unable to pay the Tier 2 fee listed above, we invite you to apply for one of our Global Scholarships, which provide partial or full tuition support for qualified applicants.

Please contact us if you’re not sure where you fall, and/or to discuss any special circumstances or payment options.

After attending Global Scholar, I now feel better prepared to make a positive impact on not only my community but the world. Global Scholar was a really wonderful program that opened my eyes to different ways to make change and think about the systems that make up our world.

After attending Global Scholar, I now feel better prepared to make a positive impact on not only my community but the world.

It’s such a great experience. If you are or are not into international affairs, you will go back home with such confidence, with all the knowledge you had acquired through this intense program. It will build your confidence in so many ways, such as public speaking, being inclusive, teamwork, support and so much!

Global Scholar was a really wonderful program that opened my eyes to different ways to make change and think about the systems that make up our world.

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