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:

  1. Investigate the world and recognize diverse perspectives: Students discover the world beyond their immediate environment and identify differing perspectives
  2. Communicate with diverse groups: Students can effectively exchange ideas with diverse audiences
  3. 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

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I get for completing the program?

All students that complete the program will be recognized with, you guessed it, a certificate. Recipients can list this achievement on resumes and college applications as a mark of their dedication and experience.

Beyond the certificate itself, the GCCP will more importantly provide students with experiences and opportunities beyond a normal high school experience. The WAC has created a structured path that each student will follow through their own creativity and leadership.

Overall, undertaking this program will prepare students for success with broader global understanding and tangible, marketable skills like dual language proficiency, work/volunteer experience, and a wide range of knowledge you can apply toward future academic and professional careers.

How much does the GCCP cost?

In an effort to ensure the GCCP is available to all students in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, regardless of their economic means, there is no direct cost to apply for or join the GCCP at this time except the costs of transportation to and fro any events they attend, and the cost of a language proficiency test*.

The WAC seeks to regularly provide students with free and local resources, including those provided by the WAC itself. They may choose to undertake activities for their requirements that have an associated cost (eg. a celebration or festival with an entrance fee), though doing so is not required.

*As part of the GCCP, students are expected to take a language proficiency test (STAMP4S, IB, AP, SAT Subject) in a second language other than English, and are responsible for the cost unless their school or another scholarship program covers this cost. Costs range for each test, and more information will be available as students enroll in the program on pricing.

Who can apply?

High school students, grades 9-11, from Kentucky or Southern Indiana are welcome to apply. Students can apply to participate any year between 9-11th grade, but only coursework requirements can be applied retroactively. All other requirements must be completed between program acceptance and graduation.

How do I apply?

The WAC is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year. Apply to the program by filling out an online application by May 30th.  An admissions decision will be returned to you by June 1st.

All students with an interest in global affairs and international perspectives are encouraged to apply, regardless of their prior academic or social experience. This includes students learning English as a Second Language and non-traditional students.

 Fill out the Application Here!

How long will this program take me to complete?

The GCCP is a minimum two-year program that can be completed in four years, depending on which year they enter the program. The program is student-driven so the specific time line is determined by the student. We recommend that students apply no later than Junior year to allow time to complete all of the program requirements.

Here are sample timelines of how a student could choose to complete the program requirements over 2–4 years. You can download the templates and use them to schedule out the program requirements for your own pace, opportunities, and chosen path

What do I have to do to complete the program and earn the certificate?

For each of the three competencies—Investigation, Communication, and Action—the GCCP has several requirements necessary to finish the program. These include attending lectures, an academic competition, and cultural events; completing coursework and internship/work experience; demonstrating proficiency in a language other than English; and a capstone project.

Please reference the Program Checklist for a comprehensive list of the GCCP requirements and necessary documentation.

What activities fulfill the GCCP requirements?

Once accepted into the GCCP, students will receive support in identifying GCCP appropriate activities. The WAC will provide regular communications and information about the many programs, activities, and resources that can help students in meeting the certificate requirements.

Examples of activities include volunteering with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, competing in KYA or KUNA, participating in Governor’s Cup, attending IdeaFestival, and celebrating at WorldFest! Students are also encouraged to participate in Academic WorldQuest™, an international affairs, geography, history, and culture competition sponsored by the WAC.

For students in the Louisville Metro area, the lecture component of the GCCP can be met by attending lectures included in the World Affairs Council’s Speakers’ Series and “Pop-up” speaker events. Tickets to these lectures are FREE for GCCP students!

For students outside of the Louisville Metro area, you may attend in-person lectures at universities, libraries, museums, and other institutions.

How do I track my requirements?

You will track your requirements using an online service called MobileServe. Once you are accepted into the program, you will be given a code to join the World Affairs Council as an organization within MobileServe.

From there, you will log your hours, get them verified by a supervisor, and post photos and reflections about your experiences. You can also connect with other students in the GCCP and share upcoming events related to your requirements.

For further information on using MobileServe, please consult the Mobile Serve Guide in resource links below.

Active GCCP Students

Ballard High School

Soleila Elliott Gonzalez

Kaniya Harris

Anya Kaltenhauser

Beechwood High School

Gracie Grunkemeyer

Breathitt County High School

AJ Miller

Dupont Manual High School

Zaria Cosby

Mckenzie Gibson

Maddie Hayden

Jasmine Howard

Ibrahim Jouja

Ramy Khodeir

Emma Martinez-Morison

Gia Mendiratta

Ben Mowery

Ananya Muddappa

Isha Patel

Kamyah Rasheed

Ella Waigel

Elizabethtown High School

Natalie Schory

Fairdale High School

Christine Belance

Elvedina Cehic

Kiauna Crowder

Megan Jacobs

Patricia Loka

Lillian Mcfall

Shiane Noel

Brian Rodriguez

Floyds Central High School

Elana Berger

Iroquois High School

Lisbet Cervera Lopez

J. Graham Brown High School

Zahra Alheu

J.M. Atherton High School

Alan Ardelean

Camila Solano

Samantha Viacrusis

Kentucky Country Day School

Sarah Jouja

Louisville Collegiate School

Margaret Prince

Jayla Johnson

North Oldham High School

Rana Abdalla

Lizzy Gomez

Oldham County High School

Ivon Barrios

Anah Campbell

Carson Carter

Isha Chauhan

Sophie Hurt

Jeffrey Kuiphof

Danilo Mendoza

Isabella Robinson

Piper Scannell

Abigail Stucker

Presentation Academy

Fernanda Scharfenberger

Rowan County Senior High School

Amy Yang

Sacred Heart Academy

Juli Gomez

Southwestern High School

Abigail Sandoval

Spencer County High School

Allie Roberts

St. Francis High School

Grayson Razavi

Villa Madonna Academy

Asha Adley

Lily Alquizola

Jasmin Asad

Lexi Baker

Corrina Borchers

Esther Chun

Abby Ernest

Kelsey Holland

Avery Lenihan

Jonas Lescoe

Alex Mate

Caroline McDonald

Sophia Olivia

Mark Schutzman

Annabelle Sunday

Macy Tomlinson

Jenny Zhang

Walden High

Sarah Hassan

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.

Further Resources

For further information about the education certificate program, please contact Samantha Risen at [email protected].