Global Game Changers Children’s Education Initiative, Inc. (GGC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing social-emotional learning (SEL) and character and leadership development programs that empower students to overcome apathy, feel empathy, and foster a sustainable connection to service. To support this mission, GGC offers a free superhero-themed curriculum (MY TALENT + MY HEART = MY SUPERPOWER!®) to schools, after-school programs, and summer programs reaching more than 1,000 schools and 250,000 students in 49 states and 13 countries around the world. The pre-K through 5th grade curriculum is made possible by the Novak Family Foundation, who believes in equitable access for all educators and students.
The beginning of the Global Game Changers started with two books: PHILANTHROPY: A Big Word for Big Hearted People and The Global Game Changers. Both books featured an enduring message: anyone can make a difference no matter who you are and where you come from. The overwhelming response to those books was “This is great, but we need more.”
Thus, Global Game Changers was born. A draft curriculum and a three-school pilot program featuring teachers from a public, private, and parochial school proved the model, with teachers reporting substantial behavioral improvement in their students. Since then, GGC has developed into a robust, evidence-based program in hundreds of elementary schools across the nation.
MY TALENT + MY HEART = MY SUPERPOWER!®
The origin of the Superpower Equation®
The framework for the curriculum began simply, long before the idea of an education nonprofit. In 2004 at 15, Rachel learned that four of her aunts had been diagnosed with breast cancer and she was intent on helping in any way she could, even if she wasn’t a medical professional. With careful guidance from her parents, Rachel decided to use her lifelong love of theatre to produce her own theatrical benefits to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. She continued to use her theatre and production talents to support a cause that her heart cared about during her college career at New York University and beyond into her professional career. Ultimately Rachel’s experience using her talent to help her heart cause is what inspired the creation of the Global Game Changers Superpower Equation: MY TALENT + MY HEART = MY SUPERPOWER!®