Each year, the Center City Public Charter Schools’ Global Ambassadors Program provides opportunities for students in 2nd through 8th grades to take courses in global studies, examine a global issue, and then participate in service-learning activities in another country.
The goal of the year-long program is to expose students to other cultures, ideas and perspectives while developing empathy for children facing challenges around the world. The program was launched four years ago by staff at the Shaw campus. Shaw teachers and administrators develop and teach the courses as part of our Extended Learning Program, so it is an extension of students’ learning during the school day.
Through the program, students study Global Economics, International Architecture, and World Languages. Students learn the general content and then focus on a particular country or region that they are studying. After studying the course content, the students identify a global issue or problem to address. They research the problem and develop ideas for a solution. Each student creates a personalized portfolio that summarizes their research as well as the proposed solution to their problem. Students have examined global issues such as socio-economic disparities, hunger, biodiversity, and sustainability and have participated in service-learning activities such as volunteering at an orphanage in the Bahamas and donating food to an orphanage in Mexico.
Global Ambassadors in Mexico
In the 2014-15 school year, our Global Ambassadors studied child poverty and hunger in Mexico. They analyzed statistics and studied the factors that contributed to the problem. Students and staff then launched the “Call to Hunger Campaign” in Bonfil, Mexico. They participated in grocery shopping and the delivery of numerous healthy food choices to support Casa Hogar, an orphanage that is staffed by a local minister and her husband.