Center for Global Leadership

Helping students make connections to their role as global citizens is a critical part of AIM’s curriculum from our Lower School Interactive Humanities classes to our Middle and Upper School students exploring numerous service and leadership opportunities. The newly formed Center for Global Leadership at AIM seeks to develop and enhance the current AIM curriculum through integrating global citizenship matrices across all courses which will help teachers and students discuss a wide range of ideas including, social justice, equity, sustainability and more. These and other courses are thoughtfully developing globally based scenarios through discussions, writing and STEAM related projects.

The Center is a resource for professional development and curriculum design. It is a hub for meaningful student travel and cultural learning and it is home to our AIM Global Scholars program. AIM’s Global Scholars are carefully selected and pursue a course of study throughout high school that helps them meet a rigorous standard for global competency. This year, some Global Scholars will take a yearlong course in Dominican culture and travel to the Dominican Republic for a service experience in March. Global Scholars will also be in attendance at the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in San Diego and the Global Summit in Andover, Massachusetts.

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Global Leadership Spotlight - Liter of Light

Support the Center for Global Leadership's plans to celebrate the first International Day of Light on Wednesday, May 16 by building solar lights which will be sent to Kenya. Bring along clean cans and plastic bottles to AIM during bASH on Thursday, April 26th and leave them in the collection bins by the front entrance.

Making Lights Shine a World Away

AIM Middle and Upper Schoolers experienced first-hand how they can be involved in a grass roots movement and bring light to the world today while building solar-powered lanterns with Liter of Light founder Illac Diaz. AIM is the only Philadelphia area stop on the non-profit's Journey of Light road trip across the United States seeking to show youth how they can contribute to sustainable enterprises and to promote UNESCO's upcoming International Day of Light on May 16, 2018. AIM students in the workshops cut and bent wires, assembled circuits, soldered metal and connected wires to create the solar lamps and celebrated when their bright lights shined in the dark.

Liter of Light Circuit making.

The circuits created today will be taken by the non-profit and used to light street lamps in the Philippines, Diaz explained. He said the workshops at AIM were the most productive day of creating circuits he had experienced on the trip. "They aren't afraid of the technology," he said. "By learning to make the light they become our newest ambassadors for Liter of Light and can bring their knowledge and technology to others."

AIM's Director of the Center for Global Leadership Amy Cline, who invited the group to make this Philadelphia detour, hopes students will continue to construct circuits for lamps after the organization departs.

“Liter of Light’s work perfectly aligns with AIM’s focus on educating students about global citizenship, global leadership and social sustainability,” she said. “I am excited to watch students learn how easy it is for them to contribute to a global endeavor like this and to do so by actually making something with their own hands.” 

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Having the Liter of Light team come to AIM Academy and spend the day training students on how to build sustainable, solar powered lights for countries that do not have access to electricity, illustrated that a small simple idea using affordable materials, can positively impact the world on a global scale. The opportunity the Liter of Light team provided summarized everything the Center for Global Leadership hopes to achieve as it continues to develop.

Upper School Teacher and Center for Global Leadership Director Amy Holt Cline describing the visit by Liter of Light.

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Enroll in the Sacred Valley Peru Service Learning Course

AIM's International Service Learning Course is a unique program organized by the Center for Global Leadership providing students with a deep understanding of service and a country's history and culture before traveling on a service-focused trip. Students in the course meet during lunch periods during the school year and travel over Spring Break.

This year, in preparation for a Rustic Pathways led Sacred Valley Service trip to Peru, students will understand life in rural communities of the Peruvian Andes by exploring issues such as clean water infrastructure, education, and access to public services. They will live with local families, contribute to sustainable service projects, learn about the former capital of the Inca empire, hike through majestic mountains and visit Machu Picchu. This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure you will never forget!

Click image above for the pdf flyer, Visit AIM's Rustic Pathways Enrollment Page to register today or plan to Learn More at our Information Session This Fall!

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Dominican Republic Service Learning

Students in the Dominican Republic Service Learning Course began their year-long journey of studying geography, language, music, and the environment of the island of Hispaniola. Using Google Earth, students analyzed images of Haiti and the Dominican Republic noticing environmental differences between the two countries. Students have also been learning about fundraising and how best to offset the cost of their trip through individual and group events. This course encouraged students to develop leadership skills and build content knowledge of the region while also earning 20 hours of service by working with students in a local school and community in the Dominican Republic. This type of course hopes to help AIM students develop a better sense of themselves, what it means to do service and begin to develop their own community translation project within the AIM community. This project will allow them to become change agents at AIM and within their local communities.

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