What is a Global Citizens Club?
The Global Citizens Club is an after school program that provides like-minded students with an authentic platform to engage in international service-learning from the familiar confines of their home community. Students who join a Global Citizens Club learn about the world around them and the skills within them, using both - their knowledge and their skills - to impact the global community in a positive way. Every Global Citizens Club shares some defining characteristics that make it unique in the world of high school extracurriculars. What are those defining characteristics? I'm glad you asked:
- Global Citizens Clubs (GCCs) hold fast to Operation Wisdom's mission and philosophy.
- GCCs are intrinsically motivated to do good. They do not offer service-hours or honors chords. Students serve because that is the right thing to do.
- GCCs are first and foremost a service-learning club; they value service and learning equally.
- GCCs are student led; they pride themselves on empowering students to be leaders, which means giving all students a voice.
- GCCs are transparent. Student leaders are a part of all decision making, including funding. The student body is always informed, even during times of failure or crises. After all, we learn best from our failures.
- GCCs are globally focused. They value all people and all places in our world and strive to engage as many communities (including their own) as possible.
- GCCs value Operation Wisdom's Global Partners; they recognize that Global Partners are what provide clubs with the necessary vision and knowledge to be successful in engaging the global community in an ethical way.
- GCCs value authentic learning and leadership building. Advisers strive to provide students with authentic learning, authentic platforms, and authentic problems in order to promote and build leadership skills.
- GCCs are a "bottom up" organization. Operation Wisdom is not a national honors society or a national service organization. We are local, we are grassroots, and we are student led. Youth movements work best this way. As such, each club retains its own unique flavor and direction dictated by the school's needs, the student population, and global connections forged within that club. So go ahead, create your own path and your own partnerships and get started!
What do Global Citizens Clubs do?
While all clubs operate on a similar mission, philosophy, and loosely defined framework, the reality is that every club is uniquely different and special. They are defined by their own goals, vision, partnerships, and unique personalities of their students and leadership. That does not mean, however, that all clubs operate on an island. For starters, all Global Citizens Clubs are encouraged to seek each other out and collaborate across school communities on specific fundraisers or awareness campaigns. Furthermore, all club activities can be defined by these six action verbs:
- Connect: Connect with our Global Partners. Connect with your local community. The larger the network, the more we can do.
- Advocate: Find an important global issue and give it a voice. Spread the word; raise awareness; support a cause.
- Learn: Learn about the world -- the people and places in it, the problems of it, and the possible solution for it. Knowledge is power!
- Ask: Learn to ask the right people the right questions. One of the most powerful questions we learn is this: "How can we help?"
- Educate: Share what you know with your community. The more that people know, the more we can make a difference.
- Lead: Become a leader and make things happen. Make decisions, build consensus, and help others reach their potential.
- Create: Create a plan to address the global issues at hand. Plans will have measurable outcomes and achievable goals.
- Collaborate: Work with your peers and your community to make a difference. The more people that can join our fight, the greater our impact can be.
- Serve: Serve our Global Partners; serve your school community; serve your local community; serve your fellow club members. We are a club defined by our compassion.
- Fundraise: Some global issues are best addressed with more resources. Create inspiring fundraisers to support our Global Partners in their work.
- Grow: The more students that join the movement, the better. Recruit, retain, and train.
- Celebrate: After all that, it's time to celebrate and reflect on our own growth and our global impact.
Where can I find Global Citizens Clubs?
Each year, more and more schools become interested in starting a grassroots, student-led global initiative like OW's Global Citizens Club. These schools are looking for a way to show students how their education can be used to make a difference in the world. Below are a list of the schools that have started their own Global Citizens Club. Click on the links to visit individual Club pages.
- Heritage High School (Wake Forest, NC)
- Rolesville High School (Rolesville, NC)
- Wake Forest High School (Wake Forest, NC)
How do I start one?
What are you waiting for? Join this local/global initiative by starting a Global Citizens Club at your school today! To start a club, all you need is an adviser, a few like-minded students, and the manual below.