AFS Effect+ Program are customizable, interactive workshops that introduce young people to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they can work together to help advance these goals in their communities. The program also helps teens take their first steps to becoming active global citizens by including intercultural learning and discussions of global issues.

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Who is Effect+ for?

These workshops are designed to engage young people, especially between 14-18 years old.

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How is Effect+ implemented?

  1. AFS partners with local educational and youth organizations or schools.
  2. These local groups identify youth leaders who will benefit from the program.
  3. Participants take part in a 1-day or longer experiential workshop to explore their role as global citizens and learn to exercise their power as changemakers. The workshops include:
    – interactive dialogues with SDG specialists and experts,
    – hands-on activities on intercultural learning and changemaking, and
    – the opportunity to engage in post-event social impact activities in their communities.

Effect+ Program around the world

Since it started in 2018, the Effect+ program has:

  • Been implemented in 10 countries: Brazil, Dominican Republic, France, Guatemala, Italy*, India, Latvia, Mexico, Peru and Spain
  • Engaged 120 schools and educational communities 
  • Reached 4,500+ teens!

We learned the qualities required to be a global citizen, a changemaker. We learned to look from different perspectives to start the change from within ourselves right now.

– Darshan Prema, Effect+ participant, India
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AFS Effect+ for the Classroom

High school teachers can also benefit from this new three-fold program developed for the classroom. The Effect+ for the Classroom equips educators with the intercultural skills needed to address the SDGs with their students through a virtual teacher-tailored training:

  • the award-winning AFS Global Competence Certificate
  • a robust and fully virtually adaptable toolkit on the Effect+ workshop for high school students and
  • the opportunity to win the Sir Cyril Taylor Young Leaders Award for the best social impact projects.

High school teachers from Brazil, Colombia and New Zealand are eligible for this first edition of the program. Contact AFS in one of these countries for more information.

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