Global Citizenship Program

The Global Citizenship Program

The Global Citizenship Program (GCP) 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 GCP 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.

The GCP is a two year hands-on, global learning experience for high school freshman and sophomores. The program consists of six learning labs which bring students face to face with local and global experts. Learn about diplomacy from former ambassadors while participating in a real-world simulation. Interact with some of the international visitors that pass through WAC’s door every day. Build community with others through global service works. Discuss how to build peace throughout the world while learning about current conflict resolution techniques. The GCP brings students into the action of international affairs and diplomacy. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

Upon the completion of the GCP 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

Now registering for 2020!

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Beyond the certificate itself, the GCP will more importantly provide students with experiences and opportunities beyond a normal high school experience. 

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.

The program fee is $150 dollars. This-one time program fee covers the full two year program; this covers six learning labs, six lunches, entrance to all WAC lectures, and program materials.

In an effort to ensure the GCP is available to all students in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, regardless of their economic means, there are a limited number of need based scholarships available. 

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.

High school students, grades 9-10, from Kentucky or Southern Indiana are welcome to apply. Learning Lab sesssions will occur mainly in Jefferson County. 

The WAC is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year. Apply to the program by filling out an online application. An admissions decision will be returned to you by the start of 2020.

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.

The GCP is a two-year program. We recommend that students apply in their freshman year to allow time to complete all of the program requirements. But sophomores are also encouraged to apply!

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.

Once accepted into the GCP, students will receive support in identifying GCP 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, defending a resolution at KUNA, participating in Governor’s Cup, attending a hertiage festival, 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.

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.

2020 Learning labs

  • January 25
  • February 22
  • March 21
  • April 25
  • May 16
  • June 20

All learning labs will be from 10 AM to 1:30 PM

GCP Program checklist

  • Attend 4 WAC Lectures
  • Participate in 2 global academic competitions (like AWQ)
  • Complete 2 units of global coursework in school
  • Attend 2 International Festivals or Celebrations
  • Attend 6 Learning Labs
  • Complete 40 hours of international engagement
  • Complete 40 hours of global service
  • Take a WAC administered foreign language exam
  • Submit a Capstone project

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For more information, contact Samantha Risen at [email protected]