The Issue: Lack of Exposure to Global Issues in Schools
Many young Americans lack knowledge of international issues and current events, as well as basic world geography, according to a recent study conducted by the Global Studies Foundation. For example, 58% of 18- to 24-year-olds surveyed could not locate Japan on a world map, and 87% could not locate Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Campaign: Sponsoring Teams in Global-Learning Project
If this Grassroots campaign raises $600, then New Global Citizens can sponsor two of its youth teams for one academic year. Youth teams are comprised of middle or high school students, who work together to create change in communities around the world. After learning about the world challenges addressed in the UN Millennium Development goals and selecting a global project, teams raise money, advocate on behalf of the international issue, and educate others about their global project to foster real change for global communities in need. Funds raised will be used to provide the youth teams with action guides, an online video, hands-on activities, and a team mentor. Each additional $300 raised will be used to support another New Global Citizens' youth team for one academic year.
New Global Citizens
New Global Citizens empowers young people to become engaged global citizens as they learn about challenges addressed in the UN Millennium Development goals, such as extreme poverty, environmental sustainability, gender equality, and HIV/AIDS. Through unique global education programs, New Global Citizens provides middle- and high-school students with opportunities to create global change while gaining advocacy, leadership, collaboration, and communication skills. To date, the New Global Citizens movement has raised $120,000, launched more than 300 teams on school campuses across the country, and started 150 advocacy initiatives to support 65 grassroots projects in 40 countries around the world.
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