The 2016 US election, both during and in the aftermath, brought turmoil and an alarming rise in the number of hate crimes. Then fifteen-year-old Peyton Klein, like many, wanted to take action.
After noticing the issues of cultural intolerance and the exclusion of immigrants and refugees at her own high school, Klein decided to do whatever she could to combat these issues.
Through her prior involvement in peace education and leadership programs, and with the help of teachers and faculty at Taylor Allderdice High School, Klein created Global Minds Initiative.
What started as a simple afterschool club, soon turned into a movement. After a viral article, students and teachers internationally started reaching out saying that the academic and social disconnect between English Language Learners (ELL) and native English speaking students was not unique. In response, Klein launched the Global Minds chapter model.