Global Game Changers Children’s Education Initiative, Inc. (GGC) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization with a project-based program that provides teacher-tested, evidence-based, FREE Pre-K – 5th grade curriculum and resources that use service learning and talent development as tools to nurture children’s social, emotional, leadership, and academic growth. With a motto to IGNITE GOOD!®, the lessons use a simple equation: MY TALENT + MY HEART = MY SUPERPOWER!® to lay the foundation for nurturing engaged and successful citizens and leaders. Students explore their hearts, uncover their true talents, and develop the self-confidence they need to succeed in life. Currently serving teachers nationwide, GGC is grant funded and free online to educators and parents nationwide thanks to the generous support of David Novak Leadership Foundation which believes in developing better leaders at every stage of life.
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 Superpower Equation® Origin Story
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!®