Combining innovative curriculum with a vital cultural asset, Global Game Changers provides at-risk students with needed after school enrichment serving as a 21st Century skills paradigm to promote compassion based education and civic engagement that can create systemic change.
AT A GLANCE
The Global Game Changers and the Muhammad Ali Center, whose closely aligned missions to empower youth with the tools for a successful life, are collaborating to pilot a high quality out-of-school time expanded learning opportunity that will have a lifelong impact on our community’s most underserved population. Believing that out-of-school time presents a unique opportunity to change a child’s life, our goal is to specifically address inequities caused, in part, by the 6,000-hour “enrichment gap” experienced by lower income and minority families by the time they reach 6th grade. This gap, which compounds the “achievement gap,” puts these young people even further behind their well-advantaged peers through inequalities created by lack of access to extracurriculars, enrichment, and parent interaction. The program is evaluated and measured for impact and efficacy in partnership with Metro United Way BLOCS and the University of Louisville. Check out a video explaining the enrichment gap here.
50 students from Young Elementary get to come [to the Ali Center] and they get opportunities that the wouldn't have. It's sort of a second shift of freshness and ideas that students get to benefit from.
Dr. Donna Hargens Superintendent, Jefferson County (KY) Public Schools
Many of these children are told far too often, in a hundred subtle and unsubtle ways, that they’re not important, that they’re not talented, and that they can’t make a difference. They will now be spending every afternoon learning the opposite — that each of us has the ability, and the responsibility, to make our corner of the world a little better for our having been here.
Justin Walker Executive Director of the Global Game Changers
The GGC curriculum allowed me to teach lessons across core content standards. It also gave me the opportunity to model, teach, as well as have experiences that had compassion at the very heart of what we did as a class. I feel like my students left my class this year with an invisible cape attached to their backs as they enter first grade.
Jessica Forst Kindergarten Teacher, Auburndale Elementary, Louisville, KY
The educational program is not only fun and interactive for the students, but it also changes the way that the students interact with each other and with our school community. The program itself is extremely organized and teacher friendly. It’s amazing how one program can guide so much positive change in a classroom and in individual students.
Briegel Moss First Grade Teacher, Sacred Heart Model School, Louisville, KY