Inspiring Youth to Become Active Global Citizens

Global Concerns Classroom (GCC) is an innovative global education program that seeks to raise awareness of current international humanitarian issues in U.S. youth and to empower them to take meaningful action. Through dynamic resources, student engagement programs, and professional development for educators, GCC prepares youth to gain the knowledge and skills needed to be globally competent for the 21st century.


GCC’s program engages high school students year-long on a global theme that consists of:

  • Standards-aligned curriculum that prepare students with relevant content knowledge and 21st-century skill-building.
  • Innovative Global Youth Summit, that brings students from participating schools together for a day of problem-solving, collaboration, and design.
  • School community action plans that address the global issue in a local setting, culminating in a year-end Concern to Action Showcase.
  • Student Field Visit where selected student leaders participate in a week-long educational trip to one of Concern’s operational countries in Africa or Asia.

Program Outcomes

By participating in the program, GCC hopes students will develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors to become global citizens.


  • Recognize global inequalities
  • Acknowledges the interconnectedness  of the world
  • Understand how the international  community addresses inequalities
  • Comprehends key issues in  global development
  • Understands the cause and consequences  of extreme poverty


  • Critical thinking
  • Research
  • Cooperative learning
  • Problem-solving
  • Effectively communicate ideas
  • Active listening
  • Investigative inquiry
  • Analyze complex issues and situations
  • Articulate and challenge assumptions


  • Appreciates different perspectives
  • Believes in shared experience of humanity  and resiliency of all people
  • Believes that all people can take part in  eliminating extreme poverty
  • Confident that extreme world poverty  can be eliminated
  • Comfortable with complexity and  ambiguity of development issues


  • Take informed action on global issues
  • Keeps an open-mind to different  perspectives
  • Stands up for the rights of others
  • Works with others towards eliminating  extreme poverty
  • Willing to challenge assumptions
  • Shares knowledge and values with others

GCC seeks to cultivate globally concerned youth who understand global inequalities, recognize the interconnectedness of all people, and take informed action towards a world without extreme poverty.

Registration Information

Open to secondary schools (grades 9-12) in the NYC and Chicago metro areas. Participation in the program is free-of-charge. Registration is required:

  1. ​​Download our 2014-2015 program overview.
  2. Apply online. Registration deadline is Sept 26, 2014.

GCC is launching in Boston with the Global Youth Summit in February 2015.  Stay tuned for registration details.

Register for a Program

Download our 2014-2015 program overview and apply online.

Registration deadline is Sept 26, 2014.