Global Smarts Mentoring Program
The Global Smarts Mentoring Program is a grant-funded, rigorous global literacy tutoring program that pairs college-level student mentors from Saint Joseph's University and Temple University with middle school students from under-resourced and low- to middle-income Philadelphia public, parochial and charter schools. Through weekly individual and small-group instruction, mentors provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to confidently participate in the Council's annual, region-wide Jr. Model United Nations Conference. Launched in 2012, Global Smarts unequivocally and markedly impacts students' enthusiasm for learning, expands their knowledge of world affairs, and sharpens their critical thinking skills and the competencies needed to understand and act on issues of global significance.
At weekly tutoring sessions, mentors work closely with students to fulfill key Jr. Model United Nations curriculum goals, including:
1. Researching a country’s history, culture, government, economy, etc.;
2. Thinking critically and creatively about an issue of global significance (e.g., water scarcity);
3. Writing a well-constructed position paper; and
4. Learning how to draft a policy resolution
Additionally, mentors coach students on oral and written advocacy skills (e.g., public speaking) focused on writing, debating and ultimately defending a final policy resolution, as well as learning to assume leadership roles in their regional blocs.
Global Smarts runs annually from January to May and requires mentors to commit up to ten hours each week working both in- and outside of the classroom under the collective training and supervision of the Council’s Education Department staff and an assigned university faculty member. Mentors earn course credit for their successful completion of the program.
During the 2020-21 academic year, Global Smarts will serve 189 students from 9 schools across the Greater Philadelphia region, including:
A.M.Y Northwest Middle School
Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School
Hope Partnership for Education
Juniata Park Academy
New Foundations Charter School
St. Gabriel Middle School
St. Mary's Interparochial School
The Global Smarts Mentoring Program has an application process that open to interested schools on an annual basis. Please contact the Council's Global Smarts Program Director, Eric Bumbaca at (215) 561-4700, ext. 216 for additional information about the 2020-21 program.
Global Smarts is a 2020 Lindy Award Recipient
In June 2020, the Global Smarts Mentoring Program was awarded the Lindy Award for Excellence in K-16 Partnerships by the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND).