September 2015 — Members of the Southside High School Global Issues Club in North Carolina chose Global Learning Exchange as their nonprofit partner this year.

The club’s mission is to cultivate social consciousness in high school students and empower them to make a positive difference in the world. “Each semester, our club takes on a pressing global issue,” said Meredith Southworth, teacher sponsor for the club. “In the upcoming semester, our focus will be on the need for quality education for all, especially in developing countries.”

The students will spend the semester learning about global education and working specifically with Global Learning Exchange through fundraising and volunteering. They will gain an understanding of the literacy challenges in Guatemala and have a chance to connect with the GLXi students.

“We have developed a mantra: ‘It starts with me!'” Meredith explained. “The message is that social progress is our own responsibility; we can’t wait for other people to do what needs to be done.”

You can learn more about this and other Global Issues Clubs through the mother organization, Gild Human Rights. Some of the Southside High School students were also recently featured in their November 2014 newsletter.