AFS Global You™ Changemaker

A 12-week interactive virtual exchange program for teens (age 15-17) anywhere in the world, to develop global competence skills, create innovative social impact projects, and earn certification from the University of Pennsylvania Center for Social Impact Strategy.
If you are curious about global issues; want to create positive social change in your community; interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, design, sustainable development, or social justice– AFS Global You Changemaker is for you!

 

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Learn with AFS + the University of Pennsylvania

We’ve combined AFS’ 75+ years of experience in intercultural learning with the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania’s expertise in social innovation and social impact to create this unique online program.

Together with peers from all around the world, you’ll embark on a 12-week online journey which will equip you with tools to create and test out a social impact project in your community. 

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Learn how to make a difference in your community!

  • Understand fundamentals of global citizenship, social impact, social innovation, design thinking and creative tools for innovation.
  • Practice researching your community and social impact issues.
  • Develop new ideas for meaningful social impact.
  • Turn your idea for change into a usable prototype, testing it in the real world.
  • Get feedback on your prototype by an official committee of evaluators from AFS, and the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Develop self-awareness by reflecting on and understanding your own cultural identities and perspectives plus those of others.
  • Interact and engage in open dialogue with peers from around the world.
  • Examine intercultural issues and how they are fundamental to Changemaking.

When you successfully complete the program requirements, you’ll receive the Advanced Certificate on Global Citizenship for Social Impact issued by AFS and the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Is the AFS Global You Changemaker Program for you?

This is a global program and it is 100% online. It’s designed for students from 15 to 17 years old, who are looking to change their community and the world. If you: 
  • are creative, curious and committed
  • would like to  create a positive change in the world
  • want to develop your own social impact project
  • want to make connections with global peers around the world
  • have an advanced written and verbal understanding of English language

Then this program is for you.

Already completed the AFS Global You Adventurer?

Great! Now make a difference with the AFS Global You Changemaker program! Keep building your Global Skills while creating your very own Social Impact Project.

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Why do it?

In addition to getting new skills and abilities, you will:
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Connect with peers your age from all around the world.

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Dive deep into social impact and make a difference wherever you are in the world.

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Learn from your fellow peers and their projects plus contribute your own.

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Be supported by expert AFS and the Center for Social Impact Strategy facilitators along the way.

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Get the Advanced Certificate on Global Citizenship for Social Impact from AFS and the the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, recognizing you for your hard work and learning.

How does it work?

There are 18 go-at-your-own-speed online modules with videos and activities, a discussion forum to exchange ideas, as well as five live sessions where you will meet, connect, and collaborate with peers from around the world, with guided learning from AFS and the University of Pennsylvania. After you enroll, you’ll be asked to indicate your desired days and times for the live sessions, so that we can do our best to accommodate your schedule and needs.

The program takes 12 weeks total (about 2-3 hours each week) to complete. The program is flexible and designed to fit around students’ busy schedules. Ready to join your global peers and get started!?

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How much does it cost?

The program tuition is USD $490. 

Your tuition includes access to the 18 online curriculum modules, online forum, 5 live sessions with your global peers, guided learning and mentorship from AFS & the University of Pennsylvania, and the certification of your social impact project. At the end of your course, you’ll earn the Advanced Certificate on Global Citizenship for Social Impact issued by AFS and the the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

Frequently Asked Questions

The program lasts 12 weeks total. There are 18 go-at-your-own-speed online modules with videos, activities, quizzes, and discussion forums as well as five live sessions where you can meet, connect, and collaborate with peers from around the world. You’ll spend about 3 hours on the program each week.

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Start creating your own Social Impact Project and change the world!

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Information for Parents

Help your teen unleash their creativity, develop a social impact project and become an AFS Global You Changemaker. If all requirements are successfully met, your teen will get the Advanced Certificate on Global Citizenship for Social Impact issued by AFS and the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

AFS has been transforming lives and developing active global citizens through our intercultural programs for over 75 years.The University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League University and one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world. Plus, your teen will have a fun and productive time while they help to make the world a better place for everyone.

Why did AFS partner with the University of Pennsylvania?

AFS and the University of Pennsylvania know that young people can change the world for the better. This is why we have partnered with the University of Pennsylvania’s (Penn) Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS).  We’ve partnered CSIS so that your teen can develop the knowledge and skills that let them practice social innovation skills and test out social projects in their community and measure their impact. They will use these abilities for life.

Sign me up!

This is your chance to become an AFS Global You Changemaker and create your own Social Impact Project. Participating in AFS Global You Changemaker program requires a one time only payment of USD $490. 

You will need an advanced written & verbal understanding of English language and in order to earn your Certificate you will have to:

  • Attend all 5 live sessions on Zoom with more peers from around the world.
  • Successfully complete all modules and activities in the online learning platform.
  • Successfully complete a social innovation prototype project.

To get started, submit your information here. We’ll review your application, and if you’re accepted, we’ll send you a link to make program payment and finalize your enrollment. Save your spot now!

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