Global Minds Initiative is a for-youth, by-youth organization created to combat the issues of cultural intolerance and discrimination through an after school tutoring program between English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) and Native English Speaking (NES) students.

Global Minds serves as an educational support system for ESL students, while educating NES students about other cultures, in order to create more globally minded young leaders.

After School Program

Global Minds combats the issues of cultural intolerance, ignorance and discrimination through a one-on-one after school tutoring program between English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) and Native English Speaking (NES) students. In a time when these issues are at their peak, Global Minds was developed to create meaningful relationships between NES and ESL students.

This program serves as an educational support system for ESL students and trains NES students in tutoring, creating globally minded young leaders who value their education and the power of a diverse education.

NES students work with teachers to provide one hour of individualized homework help and conversational English practice to ESL students. Students participate in activities centered around diversity, human rights, sustainable development or equality. These activities tackle issues of islamophobia and cultural intolerance head on. Through group discussions, both NES and ESL students overcome prejudice and stereotypes in order to achieve mutual respect.

Instead of allowing isolation and alienation, Global Minds links students in a simple yet profound after school program encouraging trust and friendship.

Community Events

Mural Project Pittsburgh

The Global Minds mural was created in partnership with the Wilkins Community Center, Sprout Fund and Pittsburgh Cares. It represents immigration and unity, welcoming people from the global community to Regent Square.

We engaged over 50 students from 26 countries who speak 16 different languages in painting and creating this mural. Throughout the day we had minority leaders, activists and presenters talk to our students about social justice and arts expression.

Highlights include a Know Your Rights presentation from Friends of Farmworkers and an empathy exercise from For Good. This mural brings positivity and kindness to the Wilkins Community Center and encourages inclusivity among the entire community.

Global Potluck

Global Minds students are passionate about engaging our entire community. Through partnerships with refugee and immigrant serving organizations, as well as local nonprofits, Global Potlucks showcase and celebrate the extraordinary diversity in our city.

All of the programming, planning, and execution is done by student leaders. At Global Potlucks, people of all backgrounds eat, learn, play and dance together. Through those global friendships, we are creating cultural understanding, tolerance, empathy, and kindness.

Experiential Learning Days

Global Minds students are able to explore outside the classroom through Experiential Learning Days. These hands-on cultural experiences allow students to gain perspective and first- hand knowledge from cultural centers and exhibits. Through learning beyond the classroom and putting thought behind the words in their textbooks, students are challenged to rethink their education and seek further information on important topics.

In May of 2017, students of Taylor Allderdice Highschool participated in the first Experiential Learning Day, at The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. Through Global Minds, 30+ students and 3 teachers were able to eat a typical Syrian lunch with community members, rotate through educational stations about the diversity of Islam, the history of Islam and Muslim accomplishments, and view a call to prayer. Through this experience, students gained global perspective and awareness in overcoming Islamophobia.

Student Field Trips

Students of Global Minds have the opportunity to attend field trips to explore cultural centers within their communities. Whether it is receiving Muslim Ally Training from their local Islamic Center or exploring race at a museum, Global Minds creates opportunities for learning experiences outside the classroom.

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Speaker Series

Global Minds brings speakers from local communities and from around the country to encourage students and share their experiences.

Former ESL students and community leaders are especially significant in sharing their stories of activism and education. Past speakers have included, Betty Cruz (Director, Change Agency) and Sloane Davidson (Founder, Hello Neighbor.)

PRYSE Academy Partnership

Global Minds Pittsburgh has partnered with PRYSE Academy to create summer opportunities for Global Minds ESL students.

PRYSE is a summer program that pairs Academic preparation with arts expression to prevent summer learning loss and help international students share their stories via arts expression.

Global Minds students can attend PRYSE Academy free of charge and further their English learning over the summer.

PARTNERS

With ongoing support and funding from the local community Global Minds Initiative is working to spread the message and programming to schools across the Pittsburgh region.

And with support from communities across the country, our goal is spread our message of compassion and understanding to schools across the country.