Promoting an awareness and understanding of global poverty issues has always been an important part of Concern Worldwide’s work. Concern believes that fighting poverty is the responsibility of all global citizens and that youth have a critical role to play. With nearly 50 years of experience responding to emergencies and working with communities to develop long-term solutions to poverty, Concern is uniquely positioned to bring an authentic and passionate voice into the classroom.
In 2001, in partnership with TUFTS University and funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Concern U.S. launched Global Concerns Classroom. Over the years, GCC has reached thousands of students across the U.S. through online resources and direct school programming. Concern Active Citizenship now takes GCC one step further, with more ways for students to help make our world a better place.
Concern Worldwide is an international relief and development organization working in 26 of the poorest countries dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the elimination of extreme poverty. Concern Worldwide U.S. is an independent affiliate of Concern Worldwide and supports the Concern network by providing technical and financial support to overseas programs and by increasing awareness of international humanitarian issues with the general public and with youth.
As a result of our involvement in the GCC program over the past few years, our school has seen a notable increase in awareness and action to global affairs. Students are becoming confident in their knowledge and their ability to create positive change. Thank you, GCC, for bringing us one step closer to global solidarity!
Sinead Naughton | History Teacher, NYC
If it is our goal to help mold better citizens, the Global Concerns Classroom program does everything that we are looking for as a Social Studies department.
Eric Vichnick | Geography Teacher, Illinois
GCC’s curriculum was transformative. The activities are extremely well thought out, interactive, engaging, and involve critical thinking at the highest level. I was deeply impressed with the level of engagement and the rigor of the work. The curriculum is aligned with the Core Curriculum standards, and offers students a chance to develop empathy for human rights crises and to see how they can make a change.
Julie Mann | ESL Teacher, NYC