Learn with AFS + the University of Pennsylvania
We’ve combined AFS’ 75+ years of experience in intercultural learning with the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania’s expertise in social innovation and social impact to create this unique online program.
Together with peers from all around the world, you’ll embark on a 12-week online journey which will equip you with tools to create and test out a social impact project in your community.
Learn how to make a difference in your community!
- Understand fundamentals of global citizenship, social impact, social innovation, design thinking and creative tools for innovation.
- Practice researching your community and social impact issues.
- Develop new ideas for meaningful social impact.
- Turn your idea for change into a usable prototype, testing it in the real world.
- Get feedback on your prototype by an official committee of evaluators from AFS, and the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Develop self-awareness by reflecting on and understanding your own cultural identities and perspectives plus those of others.
- Interact and engage in open dialogue with peers from around the world.
- Examine intercultural issues and how they are fundamental to Changemaking.
When you successfully complete the program requirements, you’ll receive the Advanced Certificate on Global Citizenship for Social Impact issued by AFS and the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.
Is the AFS Global You Changemaker Program for you?
This is a global program and it is 100% online. It’s designed for students from 15 to 17 years old, who are looking to change their community and the world. If you:
- are creative, curious and committed
- would like to create a positive change in the world
- want to develop your own social impact project
- want to make connections with global peers around the world
- have an advanced written and verbal understanding of English language
Then this program is for you.
Already completed the AFS Global You Adventurer?
Why do it?
Connect with peers your age from all around the world.
Dive deep into social impact and make a difference wherever you are in the world.
Learn from your fellow peers and their projects plus contribute your own.
Be supported by expert AFS and the Center for Social Impact Strategy facilitators along the way.
Get the Advanced Certificate on Global Citizenship for Social Impact from AFS and the the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, recognizing you for your hard work and learning.
How does it work?
There are 18 go-at-your-own-speed online modules with videos, activities, quizzes, and discussion forums as well as five live sessions where you can meet, connect, and collaborate with peers from around the world.
You will need 12 weeks total (about 3-4 hours each week) to finish the program.
How much does it cost?
The program tuition is USD $490.
Your tuition unlocks access to the 18 online modules and 5 live sessions. It also covers the certification for the Advanced Certificate on Global Citizenship for Social Impact issued by AFS and the the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.
How long is the online course?
The program lasts 12 weeks total. There are 18 go-at-your-own-speed online modules with videos, activities, quizzes, and discussion forums as well as five live sessions where you can meet, connect, and collaborate with peers from around the world. You’ll spend about 3 hours on the program each week.
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Information for Parents
Help your teen unleash their creativity, develop a social impact project and become an AFS Global You Changemaker. If all requirements are successfully met, your teen will get the Advanced Certificate on Global Citizenship for Social Impact issued by AFS and the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.
AFS has been transforming lives and developing active global citizens through our intercultural programs for over 75 years. The University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League University and one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world. Plus, your teen will have a fun and productive time while they help to make the world a better place for everyone.
Why did AFS partner with the University of Pennsylvania?
AFS and the University of Pennsylvania know that young people can change the world for the better. This is why we have partnered with the University of Pennsylvania’s (Penn) Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS). We’ve partnered CSIS so that your teen can develop the knowledge and skills that let them practice social innovation skills and test out social projects in their community and measure their impact. They will use these abilities for life.