Promoting an awareness and understanding of global poverty issues has always been an important part of Concern Worldwide’s work. Concern believes that fighting poverty is the responsibility of all global citizens and that youth have a critical role to play. With more than 45 years of experience responding to emergencies and working with communities to develop long-term solutions to poverty, Concern is uniquely positioned to bring an authentic and passionate voice into the classroom.
In 2001, in partnership with TUFTS University and with funding provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Concern U.S. launched Global Concerns Classroom. Each year, GCC partners with over 30 high schools in New York City, Chicago, and Boston through our student engagement program. In addition, GCC provides free global education resources and professional development training to educators across the U.S.
Concern Worldwide is an international relief and development organization working in 25 of the poorest countries dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the elimination of extreme poverty. Concern Worldwide U.S. is an independent affiliate of Concern Worldwide and supports the Concern network by providing technical and financial support to overseas programs and by increasing awareness of international humanitarian issues with the general public and with youth.
If it is our goal to help mold better citizens, the Global Concerns Classroom program does everything that we are looking for as a Social Studies department.
Eric Vichnick | Geography Teacher, Illinois
As a result of our involvement in the GCC program over the past few years, our school has seen a notable increase in awareness and action to global affairs. Students are becoming confident in their knowledge and their ability to create positive change. Thank you, GCC, for bringing us one step closer to global solidarity!
Sinead Naughton | History Teacher, NYC
GCC’s staff presentations over the past few years have been invaluable to give our students a first-hand perspective on the challenges faced by communities around the world.
Leah Cataldo | Science Department Head, Massachusetts