Program Description:

Global Youth Citizens is a leadership development program for teens in grades 6 –12 to become active change agents in their communities by strengthening cultural competences, deepening commitment to social responsibility, and learning about critical global issues to be addressed on a local scale. Through monthly workshops, co-facilitated by trained Ann Arbor Y staff and teen volunteers, participants will address the four critical issues that youth face across the globe; environmental degradation, access to health care, lack of civic engagement, and unemployment. Participants will work collaboratively to identify and implement strategies to create equitable opportunities and become champions of multicultural understanding. Participants will be expected to participate in global philanthropic efforts (GivingTuesday campaign that raises awareness and funds to support global partners including the Y d’Haiti, Sioux Family Y, and the YMCA of the Philippines). Additionally, participants will receive a national YMCA Global Leader Certification that enables teens to build skills and cultural competences needed to help organizations like the Y address and effectively respond to rapidly changing community demographics. This certification prepares teens to become active citizens by applying diversity, inclusion and global frameworks to strengthen operational goals and ensure access, inclusion, and engagement for all segments of society.This certification requires completion of 4 online learning segments, two in-person trainings, Dimensions of Diversity and Cultural Lenses, design and implementation of an independent or collaborative project that advances Diversity, Inclusion, and Global efforts, and opportunity to participate in a cultural immersion experience.

Objectives
  • Raise visibility of the Y as a global, cause-driven organization
  • Recognize and value all dimensions of diversity
  • Expand cultural competencies
  • Engage newcomer and underserved communities
  • Help strengthen partnerships both locally and abroad
  • Assist in philanthropic efforts to support global partners
  • Champion multicultural understanding and development of global strategies
  • Create new alliances with community partners
  • Implement project/initiative that advances diversity, inclusion and global efforts
  • Connect and strengthen relationships with community partners
  • Become community-oriented cause-driven leaders
  • Create socially just neighborhoods in our communities