Do you want to inspire the world’s future leaders?
Do you want to make a positive impact on local communities all over the world?
Please find below further details on the impact you can make by sponsoring the Global Social Leaders
What is GSL?
The Global Social Leaders (GSL) is a unique two-week programme bringing together 100 young people from around the world to exchange ideas, consider different leadership models and discuss how they can make a positive impact in their local communities.
Future leaders aged 16-17 will join a worldwide network of like-minded peers, passionate about change on a global scale.
The Wellington Leadership Institute and Future Foundations will be working with over 20 leading schools globally to offer this unrivalled leadership programme. GSL will take place at Wellington College, an inspiring educational institution in the United Kingdom.
Watch the GSL Video
GSL is looking for partners and sponsors who share our passion for helping young people achieve their full potential. In return for the support of our donors, we are committed to provide a transformational leadership experience to exceptional young people and help them make real, tangible change in their communities. We also commit to offer a range of attractive marketing opportunities by leveraging the reach of the GSL network and the UK-based and international Future Foundations network.
5 reasons to get involved
Help 100 young people from around the world achieve their full potential
Contribute to the establishment of meaningful grassroots projects worldwide
Join a network of organisations and companies who share the same ethos for making positive change at a local level
Connect with the wide GSL and Future Foundations networks both in the UK and internationally
Benefit from being at the forefront of future opportunities created by the GSL network as it continues to grow every year
How you could get involved
Sponsor student leaders who would otherwise be unable to afford to participate in GSL
Sponsor or design a specific activity within GSL (e.g. the formal dinner, an Alumni event, a leadership challenge etc.)
Other options for providing in-kind or unrestricted funding
Employee engagement opportunities
Networking and speaking opportunities
Host a visit and activity at your offices
Help fund various prizes
GSL - The Facts
10th August 2015 – 20th August 2015
Wellington College, Berkshire, UK
The programme is held at Wellington College, an inspiring venue in the stunning English countryside of Berkshire. Wellington is one of the world’s top coeducational day and boarding schools founded in 1859, just outside London, combining innovation with 150 years of history.
GSL 2015 Current Worldwide Interest
Confirmed interest from public and state schools from:
Australia, Bermuda, Canada
China, Dubai, Germany, India
Jordan, Kenya, South Africa, The UK
50 places allocated in 2013/2014
100 places available in 2014/2015
School selection focused on student leaders, including head girl/head boy, prefects, sport captains, and more.
In 2014, students from 13 schools and 10 different countries attended GSL.
After GSL, students are challenged to create projects that will make a positive impact in their local communities. Past projects include fundraising for education projects in Timor Leste, mentoring young people in an Indian slum, reducing foodwaste in the UK and engaging a school community in Australia in micro-loan lending to entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Examples of Student Projects
Melbourne Girls Grammar School, Australia
GSL 2014 Alumni – Ongoing project by Sara, Lucy, Alexandra and Amanda
Our project vision was to engage young people’s interest in giving and increase awareness of the charities they are assisting. Fellow students at our school had lost drive and willingness to participate in fundraising events and we wanted to change that.
We created a Hunger Games themed fundraising event to provide high energy, encouragement and increase school spirit and excitement. We partnered with Deki, an incredible microfinance enterprise we discovered on GSL – when we were challenged to raise funds to provide microloans for entrepreneurs abroad. We chose Deki because it gives donors an insight into the person whose life you are changing. By bringing the idea of charity to a more personal level and allowing students to choose where their money was going, we brought students closer to the project and to the people.
We hope our project can be sustainable and will continue as a tradition within our school.
GSL 2014 Alumni – Ongoing project by Akshat and Geetansh
Our project, “Clean local” is supporting the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”(Campaign Clean India) initiated by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Much like that of the nation-wide campaign we have a vision for cleaner streets, roads and infrastructure.
We are going to start small by cleaning areas in our own city, Bhopal. We are planning to ask fellow students of our school to volunteer, joining us on weekends to carry out social action. Our joint aim is to spread awareness about the importance of cleanliness and hygiene to local people through our work and set a great example for others to follow.
GSL 2014 Alumni – Ongoing project by Lavender
My project was inspired by two things:
1) a friend from GSL 2013 came to visit me in Beijing, we had a wonderful time that afternoon sitting on the ladder in a craftsman’s store listening to him telling his clients’ stories. I suddenly realized how many stories we have missed from our busy lives and how fast these folk crafts were dying out.
2) an article named ‘You Are Here’ – a French photographer thinks selfies can change the world. This reminded me of a debate I had had on GSL 2013; whether art or music can save the world. This article resonated with me as the influences it described in it were exactly the changes of what I expected to see around me or even across the globe. Watch his TED Talk here
I decided to invite friends who were interested in preserving traditional handicraft and sharing stories to visit craftsmen in Hutong with me. While listening to their stories, we took black and white portraits and printed and pasted them afterwards with their permission.