Global Citizenship Certificate Program
The Global Citizenship Certificate Program (GCCP) allows high school students the opportunity to investigate the diversity in their local communities, communicate with diverse audiences, and participate in service works that connect to global issues. Our goal is to have globally-minded students ready to lead, work, and thrive in Kentucky. The program requires students to successfully complete a global education curriculum and experiences that foster the development of global competencies through both in-house programs offered by WAC and those offered by partner organizations. No other organization in Kentucky offers such a learning framework designed to prepare students to be globally ready.
One of our students has said that the GCCP allows her to “be active in the community and work with others to secure a more equal and sustainable planet for all.” Our students are preparing for their futures in which they value equity, community, and diversity. The program allows them to explore the diversity in their own communities and develop the essential skills and knowledge to remain competitive in a global society.
Upon the completion of the GCCP with a Capstone project, each student will have demonstrated ability to:
- Investigate the world and recognize diverse perspectives: Students discover the world beyond their immediate environment and identify differing perspectives
- Communicate with diverse groups: Students can effectively exchange ideas with diverse audiences
- Translate ideas into positive action (apply learning through community engagement): Students transform their knowledge into appropriate actions that improve conditions in their community
Applications Now Open
What our students say about the GCCP:
Living in a small Kentucky town, you don’t get the opportunity to learn about cultures other than your own and I am very interested in learning about other cultures so I believe this program would help me to that. I believe being a global citizen is someone who encourages peace and prosperity among people in every walk of life, all around the world. Being a global citizen is participating in activities that encourage diversity, being accepting, and recognizing that we’re all different.
Coming from a diverse cultural background, I’ve always been drawn to the vastness of human society in what makes us proud of our heritage. The Global Citizenship Certificate means not only a gigantic leap in my future career options but connecting with the world and people around me on a much deeper level. To me, being a “global citizen” means being in sync with what makes us all similar in our differences, and being accepting of just how diverse the world around us is. This program is extremely important to me because it would connect me with my family background, educate me on the backgrounds of many others, expand my future options for a career, and most of all, help me make a difference.
To me, being a global citizen means to be able to recognize the increasingly rapid movement of ideas and cultures across a global scale as well as to be aware of one’s individual responsibility to be active in the community and work with others to secure a more equal and sustainable planet for all. I am interested in pursuing a career in foreign affairs and business, and the Global Citizenship Certificate Program provides me with the exposure and experience to prepare me for a career in these fields.
I find that global citizens are essential to reaching a harmonious society and that they have the potential to positively combat the fractured state of our world caused by the ongoing political discord and never-ending universal contentions. What drew me towards the Global Citizenship Certificate was precisely this- the idea of a global citizen. I want to be a global citizen and I want to work to make the world a better place for everyone.