A Global Vision for Local Change: Educatius Launches Community Impact Competition

A Global Vision for Local Change: Educatius Launches Community Impact Competition

Educatius, a leading provider of international high school exchange programs, has announced an ambitious new initiative to empower youth to drive change in their local communities. The Educatius Community Impact Fund Competition, launching on March 1, 2024, will provide $5,000 USD in grant funding to a student or alumni whose proposal for community improvement is selected by an international panel of judges.

The competition is an open call to the thousands of high school students and alumni who have participated in Educatius’ exchange programs in the United States and around the world. Participants will be asked to submit project proposals inspired by their experiences abroad and aimed at making a tangible, positive difference locally.

“Our goal with this competition is to ignite a spark of inspiration in young people, showing them that they have the power to turn their dreams of a better world into action,” said Educatius CEO Maria Montserrat in an interview. “International exchange shapes global citizens equipped to address humanity’s challenges head-on.”

Submissions will be accepted online from March 1 to March 31, 2024. A panel of judges will review the proposals and select three finalists to attend an online Global Skills Prep Camp, after which the winner will be announced. In addition to the $5,000 grant, the winner will receive mentorship support to activate their project and catalyze lasting community impact.

Educatius aims to nurture culturally aware, civically engaged youth. According to Montserrat, the organization’s immersive exchange programs abroad give students much more than academic and language skills. “They gain perspective, empathy and a drive to make a difference,” she said.

The Community Impact Competition represents a new phase in Educatius’ commitment to inspiring youth beyond the classroom. “We want to empower young people to pay it forward, leveraging their global experiences to drive local change,” said Montserrat. “Our students have a vision for a better world. Now we’re giving them the platform to make it a reality.”

Full competition details are available on the Educatius website.

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