Mission Statement: 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.

ELL and NES Student Relationships


participate because they want to meet students from diverse backgrounds


of ELL students use connections developed for academic support such as tutoring


agree or strongly agree that Global Minds has helped them understand the traditions and cultures of others


say that Global Minds has made them more careful about judging people who are different from them

Afterschool Youth-led Dialogue

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 Outreach and Events

Global Minds students experience rich learning opportunities outside of the classroom  through Experiential Learning Days. These hands-on cultural experiences allow students to gain perspective and first- hand knowledge from cultural centers and local community work. 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 the past, students have painted murals for a community center, invited speakers, field trips, conferences, and more.


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“Students feel comfortable here. Some have never participated in a club until now. They can be themselves and celebrate their differences with one another.”