Since 2013, we have grown the GSL movement in partnership with schools around the world.

Discover our impact for 2021-2022 by watching the video below.

What a year it has been for Global Social Leaders 💭 Despite COVID-19, ongoing lockdowns, and school closures, the GSL movement has continued to grow and is stronger than ever 💪✊

Across the world 2,700 young people (😱) took part in our programmes and competition, taking positive action through their own social action projects and creating local and global change.

2021 looked a little something like this...

🌎 Ongoing - GSL Global Goals Competition
🪐 February - GSL World Catalyst @ Home
🇰🇷 March - Chadwick International GSL Catalyst
🎪 June - GSL Festival @ Home
☀️ July - GSL Summer of Change
🎨 October - Creative Bravery Festival
🌳 November - COP26 & COBIS GSL World Catalyst

If you took part in the competition, one of these programmes, or attended the festival... thank you. Thank you for being a valued member of the GSL movement, you have made this years strides possible! 🙏

#globalsocialleaders #gslgoals #gslcatalyst #2021roundup #theyearinreview

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Young people from 18 countries worldwide are coming together online to begin their transformational leadership journey as part of the upcoming GSL World Catalyst course, taking place from the 27th - 29th of July 🌎 Say hello in the comments if you're joining us! 👋

Dates for the next GSL Catalyst course are: 28th - 30th October 2022. To reserve a place, fill out the form linked in our bio.

#gslcatalyst #globalsocialleaders #onlinecourse #youthcourse #leadership #leadershipcourse

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17 Days of Action 2021: Day 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production! Take a look at these GSL projects addressing #SDG12 😃 The following teams are featured in this post

⭐ TetraPotenz from Our Own English High School Sharjah Girls
⭐ UAQ Go Green from ATHS Falaj Al Mualla
⭐ Funset from FMV Işık Schools - Erenköy Campus
⭐ Equitree from The Edron Academy

The winner and finalists of the GSL Global Goals Competition 2021-22 will be announced at the GSL Festival next Friday 17th June. Be there LIVE and register now via the link in our bio.

#gslfest #gslgoals #globalsocialleaders #globalgoals #sdgs #2030now #virtualevent #onlineevent #youthvoices #changemakers #registernow #registrationopen #youthfestival #internationalfestival

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You're invited! #GlobalSocialLeaders is hosting a series of webinars from the 16th-25th September to celebrate the evolved GSL Global Goals Competition and #GlobalGoalsWeek 🙌

Each webinar will focus on a different SDG and feature students and teachers from the worldwide GSL movement. At the end of each session, there will be an opportunity for a Q&A and the GSL team will provide information on how schools, teachers, students and partners can join the GSL movement.

Join us to be inspired by youth projects taking action to help address the SDGs across the globe ✨🌎

View the full schedule and register via Zoom on our website - link in bio!

#gslgoals #GlobalGoals #youthaction

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The GSL World Catalyst is a transformational development programme for social leaders of the future, taking place this summer from the 27th-29th of July ☀️🌎

We are welcoming 11-17-year-olds from around the world to join us online 🖥 or live in London 🇬🇧 if attending as a school group.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Find out more via the link in our bio and share with your teachers, friends and family.

Please DM us if you have any questions 📥

#gslcatalyst #globalsocialleaders #gslgoals #youthprogram #internationalprogram #summerprogram

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7 DAYS TO GO UNTIL THE GSL FESTIVAL 2022! Today is day 10 of our 17 Days of Action countdown highlighting GSL projects addressing #SDG10 Reduced Inequality 🙏The following teams are featured in this post:

⭐ The V Reality from American Cooperative School - La Paz, Bolivia
⭐ Authors of Our Future from The Edron Academy
⭐ Hestia’s Hearth from Shenzhen College of International Education
⭐ RUNHK from Chinese International School

You still have plenty of time to register for the festival... This is an event you won't want to miss! Link in bio.

#gslfest #gslgoals #globalsocialleaders #globalgoals #sdgs #2030now #virtualevent #onlineevent #youthvoices #changemakers #registernow #registrationopen #youthfestival #internationalfestival

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Graduation for this summer's GSL World Catalyst takes place today, at 08:00 and 15:00 BST 🥳 Congratulations to the 100 students from 22 countries who took real action in their communities for 30 days throughout August. We've included some examples of student projects below:

🎥 Elsie created a video to raise awareness about children’s rights as well as contacting UNICEF in order to support them
🎨 Yeonwoo created a digital poster campaign to raise awareness about climate change
🩺 Manya designed a health programme delivered across 17 government schools, supporting Girl Up Bangalore
🚲 Fern raised £95 for Ukrainian refugees, supporting the Red Cross by participating in bike rides
🍰 Kae raised £338 through many bake sales to support the Safe Water Garden Project in the local community

The next GSL Catalyst and our new GSL Accelerator course are taking place 28th - 30th October. Find out more and book your place today via the link in our bio.

#gslgoals #globalsocialleaders #gslcatalyst #studentcourse #socialaction

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The GSL World Catalyst inspired Carla from Romania to start an action project to protect the trees and the forests 🌳✨

As part of the Catalyst programme, we support participants to take on a 30-day independent challenge where they start a social action project addressing a need or cause they are passionate about.

It's an incredible opportunity that you don't want to miss... REGISTER NOW for this summers Catalyst taking place in July ‼️

Link in bio 👆 DM for more details ✉️

#gslgoals #gslcatalyst #globalsocialleaders #youthprogram #summerprogram #globalgoals

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Places on the GSL World Catalyst programme are currently being offered at an incredible discounted rate ‼️

Join us and other young people from around the world from the 27-29 July 🙏☀️ share the opportunity with your parent/guardian or your teacher... and book today! Link in bio.

If you have any questions please get in touch via DM or ✉️

#gslcatalyst #globalsocialleaders #gslgoals #youthprogram #summerprogram #earlybird #development #youthdevelopment #leadership #youthleader #youthleadership #servicelearning #opportunity

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17 days until the GSL Festival... 17 Global Goals... 17 DAYS OF ACTION! 💪💥


Over the next 17 days in the run up to the GSL Festival we will be showcasing projects from the 2021-22 GSL Global Goals Competition. The following teams are featured in this post:

⭐️ The Changers from National Orthodox School
⭐️ Butterfly Effect from Le Collège Bilinge
⭐️ HFN (helping families in need) from St Julian´s International School
⭐️ Dairy Milk (Elite Care Givers Team 1) from The International School of Elite Education

Click the link in our bio now to register for the GSL Festival 🎪 on Friday 17th June!

#gslfest #gslgoals #globalsocialleaders #globalgoals #sdgs #2030now #nopoverty #virtualevent #onlineevent #youthvoices #changemakers #registernow #registrationopen #youthfestival #internationalfestival

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Do something purposeful with your summer break, and join us on the GSL World Catalyst programme this July 🙏☀️

🌎 make meaningful global connections with other young people from around the world
🧠 strengthen your wellbeing and resilience to support you in your day-to-day life
🚀 be empowered to plan and implement a project that you are passionate about

The 3-day course is taking place from 27-29 July online, will be followed by a 30-day period of action.

⭐️ Share this opportunity with your friends, parents and teachers ⭐️

If you have any questions get in touch at: or DM us

#gslgoals #gslcatalyst #globalsocialleaders #summerprogam #youthprogram #onlinecourse #onlineprogram #leadership #wellbeing #resilience

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We are nearly there... the Final Round of judging for the GSL Global Goals Competition 2021-22 has commenced! 🏁🙌 After an intense round of judging from our wonderful panel of Semi Final Judges, five finalist teams have now gone through to the last round. Every year we see so many amazing projects and this year is no different. We are waiting in anticipation to find out what the Final Round Judging panel decide...

Visit our website to find out more about each of the judges shown here. Organisations include @lego, @risefortheworld, @catalyst_2030, @barclaysuk!

The five teams and eventual winner will be revealed at the GSL Festival 🎪🌈 on 17th June, so make sure to join us! You can register for free via the link in our bio.

#gslgoals #gslfest #globalsocialleaders

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This is the final day that you can submit your 2-page reports and 3-minute digital submissions into the final stage of the GSL Global Goals Competition 😱⏳

After submitting your project will be judged by our Semi Final Round judges.

The winning team and finalists will be announced LIVE at the GSL Festival on the 17th of June, so make sure the date is firmly in your diaries 🥳

Good luck 🤞 please email if you have any questions or concerns. It is a national holiday in the UK tomorrow (2nd May) which means that we will respond on Tuesday 3rd May.

#gslgoals #globalsocialleaders #finalsubmission

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There are 5️⃣ days remaining to secure your place on the GSL World Catalyst: Live from London at an discounted rate! ⏳💰 Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to develop your leadership skills, create or develop a project, meet people from around the world, and become a true global citizen 🌎

The Catalyst course is taking place online from the 27th - 29th July, for 3.45 hours per day. The whole programme (including 30 days of action, graduation and certificates) costs £185 pp if booked before Monday 16th May.

Share the link in our bio with your parent/guardian to secure your place 👆

For more information please DM us or email

#gslcatalyst #globalsocialleaders #leadership #youthprogam #summerprogram #leadershipprogram #developmentprogram #development #earlybird #earlybirddiscount #globalgoals #socialleaders #socialaction #communityservice

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Global Social Leaders is a chance for young people to change the world for the better through social action and personal development.

The GSL programmes are transformational leadership experiences delivered by Future Foundations and the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute that bring together young people from across the world who are driven to make social change on a global scale.

From joining our free Global Goals competition to attending the prestigious World Summit everyone can find a way to get involved in Global Social Leaders. Choose your path below.


The GSL Global Goals competition develops students’ understanding of global citizenship and helps to turn their ideas into reality. If you are a young person or a teacher looking for an exciting new challenge click learn more.


Welcome To GSL

Global Social Leaders is a chance for young people to change the world for the better through social action and personal development.

The GSL programmes are transformational leadership experiences delivered by Future Foundations and the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute that bring together young people from across the world who are driven to make social change on a global scale.

Catalysts are our three- or five-day programmes held in schools and colleges around the world.  If you are working in a school and are looking for a great training programme for students and staff click learn more.


This is a prestigious annual 12-day residential programme at Wellington College in the UK. If you are a parent looking for a transformational leadership experience for your child (age 11-17) click learn more.

What is the the GSL Festival @home?

This years theme is Small Actions, Big Impact focusing on how we can create ripple effects of change and harness our passions to make the world a better place. On the 17th and 18th of June 2021, participants will experience a mixture of inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and a showcase of international student-led projects, to develop the confidence, leadership and global understanding that promotes social harmony.

The GSL Festival @Home is unique, interactive, and filled with inspiration. It celebrates youth voice and gives students and educators the tools to create transformational social change. We will be sharing how 2,300+ young people from 76 countries have been achieving the United Nation’s Global Goals and shining a spotlight on those that have gone above and beyond. We will celebrate and support youth led action.

What continues to be a globally challenging time a year into the Decade of Action, we will focus on how we can continue to build back better.

This festival is for young people, educators, parents and leaders. It’s for everyone that believes in the positive power of people to be leaders in their lives and society. Join us from your home, your school, your community, your office – and be part of the GSL movement

We will come together again as we build towards a brighter more sustainable future for all.

It is time to Think Globally, Act Socially and Start Now.

Contributors of the GSL Festival @Home

Who is attending?

  • Students aged 11 - 17

  • Teachers and Educators

  • Socially conscious leaders

Please note, the registration is now closed

If you haven’t registered for the event you can tune in to all of our live stream. To find out which sessions are being live streamed check out the timetables below.

GSL Inspire

  • Are you a student who is passionate about global issues?
  • Have you run a social action project that you are proud of?
  • Have you got a great idea that you want to share with the world?

If you answered yes to any of those questions we would love to hear from you. We are currently looking for students who would like to speak at the GSL Festival.

Click on the button below to find out more information about this opportunity and register as a student speaker.

Over the course of two days, participants (students and teachers) will experience a mixture of inspirational speakers, a showcase of international student-led projects and interactive workshops to develop the confidence, leadership and global understanding that promotes social harmony.

We will be celebrating the effort and dedication of the 500 project teams that form this year’s Global Goals Competition cohort in over 105 countries and announcing a winner.

Following the Festival participants will be challenged to THINK GLOBAL and START a LOCAL project that addresses one or more of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs are “the biggest attempt in the history of the human race to make the world a better place” and run across countries, religions, politics, conflicts, and generations.

We look forward to celebrating with you all and welcoming you to join the Global Social Leaders movement.

Please share this opportunity with your networks. All schools are welcome to join the GSL movement.