Community Catalyst Partners and Future Generations Now are partnering to bring global competency to life in schools throughout the US and internationally.

The partnership, offered to students at schools and in school districts that are part of the International Studies Schools Network (ISSN), will provide students with the opportunity to develop ideas, discuss challenges and to take action around issues of global significance. Students from ISSN schools will develop student-led design teams to tackle the global issues through service projects that make an impact locally and contribute to global solutions.

The in-depth issue discussions will be facilitated by Future Generations Now Founder and President Skyler Griswald, a junior at Harvard Westlake High School in California. “I know from personal experience that as a generation of ambitious young people with ideas, thoughts and solutions to challenges, we can create positive change and influence both our peers and adults in our communities to take action,” says Griswald.

Using the ISSN’s “Four Domains of Global Competence,” students will meet weekly to discuss topics ranging from climate change to poverty with a goal of building the students capacity to better understand significant issues, recognize perspectives and how people from multiple cultures are impacted, engage in dialogue to express appropriate ideas, thoughts and opinions, and to take action both locally and globally.

The partnership kicks off in January 2023 and students will work together to develop projects that will be implemented throughout the spring and then presented to the ISSN leaders at the organization’s annual conference in June 2023.