Ambassador JD Hock ’16 shares how a single image by legendary photographer Steve McCurry challenged preconceived notions and redefined what it means to him to be a global citizen.

Read the article on the Global Citizen blog >>

The Good Project on The Summit 2017

María Gabriela


The Good Project, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, recently published an article on its observations of this year’s Global Citizens Youth Summit. This is the third consecutive year that the prestigious organization publishes its research on GCI’s flagship event.

The Good Project “promotes excellence, engagement, and ethics in education, preparing students to become good workers and good citizens who contribute to the overall well-being of society.” Its work was of immense inspiration to our Founder and President, Yumi Kuwana, during her research for the whitepaper that ultimately became GCI.

Thank you kindly to The Good Project for being a part of our mission since the onset!

Read the article on The Good Project’s website >>

Greenwich, CT Scholars 2017 Gianna, Kelsey and Matt are already making waves with their Glocal Service Projects. Tackling environmental, economic and education issues, their collective work will impact our local community in more ways than one.

Learn more about their initiatives on Greenwich Time >>

According to Arab Thought Foundation’s Fikr’s fourth annual cultural development report, Arabs read an average of six minutes a year. This shocking statistic encouraged then Scholar and now Ambassador Anwar ’16 to focus her Glocal Service Project on the following question: “How might we inspire children to love reading for pleasure and thus lead their own learning experiences?”

Learn how Anwar is promoting reading for pleasure in her native Jordan through her organization “Reading to Flourish.”

Read Anwar’s story on Education Week’s Global Learning blog curated by our partner the Asia Society’s Center for Global Education >>

Announcing the GCI Scholars 2017!

María Gabriela


On Friday, July 28, 28 Scholars from all walks of life and corners of the globe will gather at the Global Citizens Youth Summit 2017 and become part of GCI’s global community where individuals embrace their unique colorful stories and cultures as they design and implement solutions to global issues that transcend social, economic and political boundaries.

This year’s class represents 35 cultural heritages, speaks 28 languages, and studies in 26 schools in 14 countries!

As GCI prepares to welcome the Scholars this year, allow us to introduce the Class of 2017:



King’s Academy – Madaba, Jordan





United States
Kamehameha Schools – Hawaii, United States





St. Francis Xavier Secondary School – Ontario, Canada




Hisar Foundation Schools – Istanbul, Turkey





United States
Sacred Heart Greenwich – Connecticut, United States




International School Nido de Aguilas – Santiago, Chile




United Kingdom
Wellington College – United Kingdom





Orchlon Internation School – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia




United States
Massachusetts Mayflower Academy – Massachusetts, United States




United States
Animo Jackie Robinson Charter High School – California, United States




United States
Greenwich Academy – Connecticut, United States




United States
Ravenscroft School – North Carolina, United States




United World College Changshu China – Suzhou Shi, China




African Leadership Academy – Johannesburg, South Africa




Hong Kong
Diocesan Girls’ School – Hong Kong, China





Tokyo Gakuei University International Secondary School – Tokyo, Japan




Hiroo Gakuen Junior and Senior High School – Tokyo, Japan




The American School in Japan – Tokyo, Japan





United States
King School – Connecticut, United States





Taktse International School – Gangtok, India





American International School of Utah – Utah, United States




King’s Academy – Madaba, Jordan





United States
Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School – New York, United States




Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil




Aga Khan Academy – Mombasa, Kenya





United States
Phillips Exeter Academy – New Hampshire, United States




African Leadership Academy – Johannesburg, South Africa




Institut Le Rosey – Rolle, Switzerland

When our Founder and President Yumi Kuwana was eight years old, her family moved from Boston to Japan. The transition and ensuing experience sparked a life-long devotion to empowering youth all over the world to connect with one another and be lifelong leaders of positive change.

Learn more about Yumi’s story and her current and future plans with GCI to nurture the next generation of global citizens.

White Plains-based WAG Magazine writes >>

We are proud to announce our new partnership with Matsui 55 Baseball Foundation to launch the “Champion a Champion” campaign and empower youth all over the world to identify and follow their passion.

To mark the beginning of our collaboration, we hosted a joint breakfast celebration at the Field Club in Greenwich with over 30 attendees.

Ms. Yumi Kuwana, Founder and President of GCI, welcomed guests with an introduction to GCI and the campaign. GCI Ambassador David S. ’15 followed with a moving speech about his experience in the Global Citizens Youth Summit, ending by introducing the keynote speaker: Mr. Hideki Matsui, Founder and President of Matsui 55 Baseball Foundation and New York Yankees legend. Mr. Matsui shared his story of hard work and ensuing success, and how his trajectory shaped his definition of what it means to be a champion.

To learn more about the campaign and the breakfast celebration please read the full coverage in:

Greenwich Sentinel >>

Greenwich Time >>

Bronx Stripes >>

It is our pleasure to announce that we have selected David G. as the winner and Bushra Al-Sou’b as the runner-up of this year’s Glocal Service Project Seed Funding Competition!

GCI’s annual GSP Seed Funding Competition awards US$1,000 to an Ambassador who has established a well-scoped and thoughtful plan to kick-start their Glocal Service Project. The competition serves to empower Ambassadors to design and implement feasible solutions towards challenges in their local communities. This year, we received so many quality applications that we created a second prize of $500.

David was awarded the $1,000 prize during the annual Upstander Celebration hosted by Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO) on April 27 in Los Angeles, California. FHAO is a nonprofit international educational and professional development organization engaging students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.

We are extremely proud of both David and Bushra. Learn more about their Glocal Service Projects below.

 Showers for the Homeless

David’s project, “Showers for the Homeless”, is his first step towards helping people in his native Los Angeles lift themselves out of homelessness. We are in awe of David’s vision to create a network of service providers to holistically tackle this issue together, as it shows he sees his Glocal Service Project as a collaborative and sustainable social venture that will help his community for years to come.


Kan Shab Wa Shaab

Bushra’s Kan Shab Wa Shaab addresses elderly isolation by creating groups of students that dedicate their free time to provide much needed attention and friendships to her community’s elders. As her native Jordan does not provide government services to the elderly, Bushra is shaping her community’s perspective and engagement to create long-lasting change.

Greenwich Time Covers Jonathan Starr Event

María Gabriela


Our local newspaper, Greenwich Time, joined us at The Nantucket Project Library Series on April 25, 2017 to hear the amazing story of Jonathan Starr and the Abaarso School of Science and Technology.

Read the full article on the Greenwich Time website >>

Y-SAPIX Global Campus interviewed our leader, Yumi Kuwana, as part of their monthly series on global leaders that are active in their communities. Y-SAPIX GC is an innovative school located in Tokyo, Japan preparing students for a highly globalized world, focusing on “develop[ing] and strengthen[ing] communication competences, understanding and accepting of various cultures and logical thinking skills.”

Read the full interview on Y-SAPIX’s website >>

You’re Invited to Meet Jonathan Starr!

María Gabriela


In collaboration with Social Venture Partners Connecticut and The Nantucket Project, GCI is proudly hosting a series of events in Greenwich, CT on Tuesday, April 25th celebrating the incredible legacy of social entrepreneur Jonathan Starr.

In 2008, hedge fund manager Jonathan Starr left the successful investment firm he founded in Boston to establish and become Headmaster of the Abaarso School of Science and Technology in Somaliland, the world’s #1 failed state. Abaarso has since placed over 80 students in internationally respected universities, including Harvard and Yale, and it’s mission and students have commanded the attention of international players, including Nicholas Kristof and Anderson Cooper.

Abdirahim Mohamed (Brown ’20), Abaarso alumnus and GCI Ambassador 2015, will join the celebration and share how Jonathan and Abaarso transformed his life.

Events Details: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lunch and Learn at JP Morgan Private Bank

Jonathan Starr and Yumi Kuwana will share lessons learned from founding and running their educational programs and organizations and how these apply to Connecticut public schools.

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
100 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT

The Nantucket Project Library Series

Jonathan Starr and Abdirahim Mohamed will discuss their personal and cultural transformation and how Abaarso’s lessons learned could be applied around the world.

7:00 p.m.
123 Mason Street, Greenwich, CT
$10 entrance fee

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you there!

Yumi Keynotes the FLENJ Conference 2017

María Gabriela


On April 1st, our Founder and President Yumi Kuwana joined the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey to celebrate their amazing work nourishing our next generation of global citizens. Thank you to FLENJ for the honor of having Yumi and keynote speaker! Thank you also to everyone who attended and enjoyed this fantastic event.

India, the world’s second most populous country with 1.25 billion citizens, has the highest suicide rates in the world. And yet, mental health remains a widely ignored and unattended issue. On the latest installment of our Global Citizen series, Ambassador Sohini ’16 shares her motivation for tackling the widespread ignorance and ensuing apathy around mental health in her native country, and how she is rallying her peers to provide a space where Indians with mental health issues can speak out and seek help.

Read Sohini’s story at Global Citizen >>

Ambassador Robin ’16 published a piece on Global Citizen about his efforts to create “an environment where discussions and different opinions are encouraged and resources are provided for students to enable them to take initiative.” Learn how Robin and fellow Ambassadors are taking on this challenge.

Read Robin’s story at Global Citizen >>

Twenty-Nine Flavors, by Sari ’16

Sari Samakie


A version of this article was originally published in The Rexonian. To read the original version visit

I walked into the basement of Irving House, Cambridge, Mass., where twenty-three scholars were gathered around a circular table. The room was tight and the chairs were full, but that did not stop the Scholars from magically shuffling and sucking me into the circle. Different ethnicities from every corner of the world were in the room. The basement was a place where we gathered for morning meetings, sang, did homework, and bonded together as a group.

The 16 by 16-foot room covered thousands of miles as each one of us shared their story.


Ambassadors in the News

María Gabriela


We believe it is important to highlight the positive impact our community is making around the world, especially at a time when negative news abound. The stories we share below remind us that there is more than hope around us – there is positive action happening as well!


Ambassador Newsletter 2014-2016

María Gabriela


Our Ambassadors are the young global citizens from all sectors of society whom we are empowering to be lifelong leaders of positive change. They are the reason we come together as a community.

To celebrate each of our Ambassadors’ successes, we are sharing the Ambassador Newsletter 2014-2016. We hope you will enjoy reading about what they are up to as much as we did. Happy reading!


Happy New Year! 2017 is here and with it the deadline to apply for the Global Citizens Youth Summit: January 31 at 11:59 p.m. EST.


Season’s Greetings from GCI!

María Gabriela


One of the most beautiful things about our global community is having the opportunity to share our traditions and cultures with each other. As such, albeit not all of us are celebrating the holiday season this December, we found it important to share the feeling of peace, joy, and introspection that our culture invokes this time of year.


GCYS Tokyo Reunion 2016

María Gabriela


This past November, Yumi visited Japan to strengthen ties with our local partners. In collaboration with Y-Sapix, several Ambassadors from 2014 and 2015 reunited to share memories and catch up on each other’s Glocal Service Projects. Y-Sapix published a synopsis of this fantastic event on their website, complete with pictures. Enjoy!

Read about GCYS Tokyo Reunion 2016 on Y-Sapix’ website >>

Shop, Save and Support GCI

María Gabriela


After spending a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends, some of us will wake up on Friday to take advantage of the greatest sale of the year.

But this year, Black Friday can be more than a shopping event. It can be an opportunity to give back and support GCI’s work through Amazon Smile!


We are proud to announce that GCI President Yumi Kuwana will be speaking this week at the prestigious Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative’s (JWLI) 2016 Tokyo Summit. Her talk will focus on her personal experiences, GCI’s mission and vision, and innovative ways in which GCI is moving its endeavor forward on a global scale.


GCYS 2017 Application Now Open!

María Gabriela


We are thrilled to announce that the application for the Global Citizens Youth Summit 2017 is now open!


Yumi Kuwana Featured in Forbes Japan

María Gabriela


Our Founder and President, Yumi Kuwana, was featured in Forbes Japan’s List of 55 Women with a Sense of Mission under “International Organizations.” Her profile piece is titled “The World Leader from Japan: Passion Born Out of ‘Hardship'” and tells her story of self-discovery and reinvention, staring with at 24 being named the youngest Vice President at Citibank and culminating with her founding of Cook Pine Capital and GCI.