Real world challenges warrant real world solutions, and that’s exactly what the Global Learning Accelerator (GLA) provides through Project AccelerUs. More than a partnership, our non-profit organization is a movement that encourages change inspired by young minds. Built on the foundation of vision-led innovation, Thinking Big and Being Bold, the Global Learning Accelerator aims to connect high school students to their Ikaigi, a Japanese concept meaning “reason for being.” Our programs and partners invite teens of all backgrounds, academic status, and expertise to explore ways to address the issues that matter most to them; issues that impact their lives long after the school day ends.
Empowerment Through Human-Centered Design
Schools educate students on the fundamentals of learning, providing the cognitive skills required to advance through school and beyond. GLA reinforces those efforts using an immersive, qualitative 6-week experience known as Project AccelerUs. Our organization hosts a diverse collective of young minds through virtual COVID-friendly challenges. Void of hypothetical scenarios, Project AccelerUs is a platform for students to contribute to solving the problems that affect them every day. Partnerships with organizations like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Weather 2020, Ripple Glass, and local police departments place students at the center of the conversation, backing their opinions, ideas, and concerns with tangible tools and lasting resources, many of which continue to provide support long after the formal challenge ends.
Responding to Direct Needs
Project AccelerUs combats plaguing issues using supplemental learning content mapped to Common Core objectives. Tackling areas such as food insecurity, climate change, global sustainability and community violence, our nonprofit has become a catalyst for student empowerment. As an example, Missouri suffered from a historic bout with gun violence in 2020. Approximately 32% of the lives lost were children or young adults; potential students, friends, and recent graduates of the Kansas City school district. Project AccelerUs, through our Intentional Prevention Challenge, provides an actionable pathway for those both interested and impacted to interpret and solve critical issues driving local impact. Food insecurity, violence and consumer consumption rates have been exacerbated by the global pandemic. These are issues our students witness, but rarely feel capable of circumventing. This is where GLA steps in to give young people a voice, and the power to improve their circumstances. An August 2020 study reported that Black (51.1%), White (71.6%), and Hispanic (64.1%) students in grades 9-12 admitted to feeling sad or hopeless for two or more weeks at any point in the previous year. Our children need to be reminded of their potential. That is our passion, our mission, our Ikaigi.
Project AccelerUs at YOUR School
There is no cost to your school beyond the limited time investment of a dedicated student team sponsor. With as little as one hour of weekly supervision, teens work together while engaging in our cloud-based virtual challenge program. Graduates of our program provide actionable solutions that our partners gladly put to work. Project AccelerUs proves that students can transform the things they love into a noteworthy career. Upon completion, part of our mission is to connect students to internships, scholarships, or post-graduation employment opportunities.