Global Game Changers Launches Purple Star Partnership with Miss America 2024!

Global Game Changers, Official Miss America Partner, will be Joined by Madison Marsh, Miss America 2024 for Local School Visit to Announce Education Partnership for Military-Connected Children

Global Game Changers Student Empowerment Program Develops Special Lesson for Kentucky Purple Star Award Schools.

Louisville, KY (April 24, 2024) – As an official partner of the Miss America Opportunity, Global Game Changers is honored to have Air Force Lieutenant Madison Marsh, Miss America 2024, help Global Game Changers announce a new partnership between Global Game Changers and the Kentucky Purple Star Award Program. This partnership will provide Purple Star Award Schools with lessons and resources that Global Game Changers developed specially to support military-connected children in Purple Star Schools.

Global Game Changers’ official partnership with Miss America provides titleholders with lessons and resources to ensure their regular school visits are engaging and provide meaningful character-building content in line with the two organizations’ aligned missions. As part of the visit to Chenoweth Elementary, Miss America Madison Marsh will be joined by Miss America’s Teen Hanley House, Miss Kentucky Mallory Hudson, and Miss Kentucky’s Teen Sophia Todd to present a new special Purple Star Award lesson developed by Global Game Changers and focused on engaging and supporting military-connected children. The group will join a full-school assembly to introduce the Purple Star Award partnership and then work with the fifth grade students to have a deeper conversation about building empathy for military-connected students.

“We’re so thrilled to have Miss America 2024, an active-duty member of the military and amazing role model introduce this special program and partnership to the world,” says Jan Helson, Co-Founder and Board Chair for Global Game Changers. “Creating this lesson and program for Purple Star Schools to support members of military families helps to develop some of those core skills we work to build through Global Game Changers: confidence, empathy, leadership, and service.”

This exciting announcement will take place Thursday, May 2 at Chenoweth Elementary starting at 9:00 am. Global Game Changers chose Chenoweth Elementary as the host site as they have been a distinguished Purple Star Award School since Fall 2022.

“At Chenoweth Elementary, in alignment with our JCPS Success Skills, we are dedicated to developing Globally Culturally Competent Citizens. We aim to support our students through unique and meaningful experiences,” says Principal Angela Burns. “The Purple Star Award is a yearlong commitment to our military connected students and families. We are so excited to be able to honor and support learning with this exciting community event.”

Global Game Changers provides social, emotional, and leadership curriculum for Pre-K through 5th Grade students nationwide. The Kentucky Purple Star Award Program encourages schools to support military-connected children and provides resources to do so. Global Game Changers developed special curriculum to support Purple Star Award Schools in their missions.

“Purple Star Award Schools work to help military connected children develop the skills to become college-, workforce-, and life-ready,” says Purple Star Board Chair Brigadier General (Retired) Steve Bullard. “The Global Game Changers resource will be valuable tool that our schools in Kentucky have to help build confidence among our target students and understanding among other students about what it means to be a military-connected child.”

The lesson will be available for free to Purple Star Award Schools through the Kentucky Purple Star website as well as through the Global Game Changers free online Educator Portal to schools across the country. The two organizations plan to present the resource at the national Purple Star conference in October 2024 for adoption nationwide.


About Global Game Changers

Global Game Changers® is 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 in-school, after school and at home. 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 over 250,000 students in all 50 states, Global Game Changers is privately 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. For more information or to get involved with the program, visit and follow on Instagram, and Facebook.

About Miss America

The Miss America brand mission is “Empowering Women to Lead” in every area of life from philanthropy, business, arts, politics, education and more. Miss America and Miss America’s Teen local and state ambassadors contribute thousands of community service hours annually, raising funds for philanthropic partners. Global Game Changers is an official partner of Miss America and provides custom developed lessons to titleholder to use during their yearlong service of promoting education and empowering students to make a difference in the world. For more information follow on InstagramFacebook and X. 

About Purple Star Award Program Kentucky

The Purple Star Award designation is a state-sponsored recognition for individual schools’ dedication and support of military-connected youth. Our mission is to instill a sense of connection and strengthen resilience within Kentucky’s military- connected youth. Schools must complete four requirements to receive the Purple Star Award.  Schools awarded the Purple Star designation lets military-connected students and families know, whether they are active duty, National Guard, Reserves, or Veterans, that their school is dedicated to helping their child gain the educational and social-emotional skills necessary to be college-, workforce- and life-ready. The program started in Ohio in 2017 and is supported by the US Department of Defense, Military Child Education Coalition, and the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission. Currently, 41 states across the United States implement the program in their schools and school districts.