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Future Foundations and the Wellington Leadership Institute are excited to invite your school to express interest in taking part in Global Social Leaders (GSL) Society.

We are pleased to share for our 2016-2017 programme Jonathan Harper FRSA CEO of Future Foundations Society CIC has received funding from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Click here to read the announcement.

Your school is invited to join.

Our programme will officially launch on Monday 21st November, at Wellington College.  This is the first day of #iwillWeek 2016 and forms part of our commitment to making social action part of life for 10-20 year-olds.

We have outlined below key information for schools and colleges about the programme and next steps for how to get involved. 


  • When? The programme will consist of the following elements:
    • GSL LaunchPad*: Training day – Monday 21st November 2016
    • Social Action Project: Carried out in students own time in their local community
    • FF coach to visit to your school: A time and date will be arranged at your convenience
    • Social Action Project: Carried out in students own time in their local community
    • GSL Annual Conference and Awards*: Training day and celebration event – Saturday 25th March 2017
  • Where? The two events* will take place at Wellington College, Duke’s Ride, Crowthorne RG45 7PU.
  • Who will attend the events? The programme is targeted at students aged 10-17. Your school will select up to 10 students to attend our events. They will involve other students within your school in their social action projects maximizing the impact of the training and their projects. GSL Society is not restricted to those who attend training.
  • Do teachers attend the events? Yes, we ask each school to appoint one to two teachers to attend who will also act as mentors to the students between our training day and the awards event. There will be separate sessions designed to equip teachers with the skills and knowledge to support their students after the launch event.


  • Who will run the programme? Future Foundations design and deliver the programme in partnership with the Wellington Leadership Institute and our strategic partners.  GSL Society is supported by organisations at the forefront of social change, including: The RSA, The Diana Award, UnLtd, Enactus UK, Ashoka UK, The Aldridge Foundation, United Learning Trust and Generation Change.
  • What will the programme include? There will be a mixture of interactive workshops to develop the confidence, leadership and global understanding of the students. Following GSL LaunchPad, participating students will create a ‘school club’ and one to two social action project(s) to put the theory they learn into practice. At our GSL Annual Conference, each school group will present the outcomes of their projects and their learning.
  • What are the costs involved? For state funded schools, colleges and academies the programme is fully funded by the RSA. For fee paying schools, we ask for a contribution to the costs of the programme (please contact for details). Travel to our GSL LaunchPad and Annual Conference is the responsibility of schools. Food and refreshments are provided.


Global Social Leaders is a unique student led movement designed to develop your leadership skills, understanding of global issues and enable you to become a leader in your life and society.

A GSL Society is a school club established by alumni of our programmes to enable sustainable high quality social action projects led by students, supported by teachers and the wider school community.

You will be supported by a framework which ensures the projects continue beyond any one student leader.

The outcome of GSL Society will be the transformation of a school’s culture where student engagement in local and community issues is considered the norm, students effectively measure their impact and build upon previous year’s success, inspiring more and more young people to take part.

Our aim is to enable students and teachers to establish projects they would not have dreamed possible.

We want to establish a growth mind-set to develop a generation of students with “character virtues and skills that are necessary for engaged and responsible citizens”, creating a more sustainable future.


To launch a society, you must first register with Future Foundations and attend one of our programmes (GSL World Summit, Catalyst or LaunchPad). We ask students to agree who will be your President and Lead Teacher.  Once you have established these positions, click here to register your Society.

Once we receive your registration we will create an online space for your Society and provide you with further resources and support.

We ask all members of a GSL Society to click here to register.

If you have not been on a GSL programme and would like to set up a GSL Society your school needs to register interest in joining our GSL programme.

Launch your GSL Society in 4 weeks

Register here after you have completed the GSL Launchpad programme

Why join the Global Social Leaders movement?

Watch this video and if you want to make a change get in touch…

Can’t see the video above?  Click here

If you have any questions, please contact us by email: