Join the GSL Summer of Change – learn how to be well, create a positive mindset and develop a toolkit for action that will support you to thrive in life! Connect with a global diverse group of young people who like you want change in their lives and want a brighter more sustainable future for all. 

  • Age Eligibility | 11 to 17 years-old (you will be allocated in Junior 11-14 year-old teams or Senior 15-17 year-old teams)
  • Duration | 5 days of live interactive virtual sessions followed by 30 days of action
  • Dates for the GSL World Catalysts | 12th-16th July (Registration Deadline Sunday 27th June 2021) OR 26th-30th July (Registration Deadline Sunday 11th July 2021)  (please see a more detailed breakdown of timings below)
  • Cost | £220 – includes the 5 Day GSL World Catalyst Course, access to GSL Hive Community Hub & Celebration Event

The GSL Summer Catalyst World Catalysts are designed by Future Foundations and the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute.

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“The three most important things that I have learned is to be myself, be confident, and to always value others opinions.”

“I loved meeting new people, hearing their voices and interacting with people from across the world. It helped me gain even more confidence as I have never met so many people at once.”

“I enjoyed it because I got to increase my confidence and I got to talk to new people.”

“I learnt I should always be open minded to new opportunities and experiences otherwise I won’t be able to properly succeed.”

“I enjoyed talking to people and building my confidence on how to be a leader. GSL has helped me understand myself A LOT more.”

Programme Design

  • Fully interactive live sessions facilitated by our expert trained coaches

  • Collaborative Sessions

  • Reflective Coaching Practices

  • Global Discussions

  • E-certificate of completion for course

  • E-certificate for completion of evidenced challenges

Learning Modules

  • Wellbeing & Resilience

  • Reflection

  • global & local issues

  • Leading yourself & Others

  • Pursuing your Passions

  • Deepening your Understanding of the 17 UN Global Goals

  • Communicating Your Message

  • toolkit for action

Aims and Outcomes

  • Make Meaningful Global Connections

The GSL Summer of Change will provide you with the opportunity to make friends and learn from other young people from a diverse range of backgrounds. You will have the time to connect, share and learn about the world from their perspectives.  Discover what they are passionate about and explore how you can collaborate and support each other to make the world a brighter more sustainable place for all.

“It was eye opening to be in a Zoom call with people from around the world who came from different, highly varied walks of life. It was inspiring to hear many of them share their ideas and feelings and truly made me feel as though I were a part of a global community.”

  • Wellbeing & Resilience

We are in unprecedented times. Now more than ever we need to learn to navigate ourselves to changing contexts and adapt in ways that ensure wellbeing. There will be dedicated sessions on wellbeing and resilience where you will learn and develop a practical toolkit for supporting you being well now and in the future. We believe it is important to give time and space to develop good mental health and wellbeing. The GSL Summer of Change will give you the space that you need to reflect and grow in the ways you want to.

“I always put too much pressure on myself, not forgiving myself for the little mistakes I make and leading me to become anxious, but the course helped me to think that I should be more aware of my wellbeing because it’s something very important.”

  • Future World of Work Skills: The Four Cs of 21st century learning

The future employment landscape is always changing, and there are lots of choices facing young people around education, jobs and their future!  We want to support you to build these skills on our courses by focusing on The Four C’s. 

“If today’s students want to compete in this global society, they must be proficient communicators, creators, critical thinkers, and collaborators (the “Four Cs”). Students need to master additional subject areas, including foreign languages, the arts, geography, science, and social studies.  Educators must complement all of those subjects with the “Four Cs” to prepare young people for the global workforce”

[Extract from research carried out by the National Education Association]. 

  • Transformative competencies

The OECD highlight the need to acquire three transformative competencies to help shape the future we want: creating new value, reconciling tensions and dilemmas, and taking responsibility. When young people create new value, they ask questions, collaborate with others and try to think “outside the box” in order to find innovative solutions. This blends a sense of purpose with critical thinking and creativity

Young people need to be able to balance contradictory or seemingly incompatible logics and demands, and become comfortable with complexity and ambiguity. This requires empathy and respect. 

Young people who have the capacity to take responsibility for their actions have a strong moral compass that allows for considered reflection, working with others and respecting the planet. 

[OECD Learning Compass 2030] 

We have shaped our programme based on this Learning Compass which has focused on what knowledge, skills, attitudes and values students need today to thrive in and shape their world. 

The GSL Catalyst is shaped to focus on building knowledge, skills attitudes and values through independent learning as well as live sessions connecting young people.  We believe in building the right attitude and values in young people as the foundation for GSL programmes. 

Reflection is a key component to any GSL programme, as part of the learning processencouraging young people to reflect on their experience throughout the programme, their own individual learning and building their insight. “We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” [Dewey (1933:78)] 

The Learning Compass highlights the need for “students to learn to navigate by themselves through unfamiliar contexts [OECD Learning Compass 2030]. 

Through GSL you will learn to be the Captain of your own ship!

  • Social Action and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The GSL Summer of Change will challenge students to THINK GLOBAL and ACT LOCAL, examining the issues behind the Global Goals and understanding the part they can play by joining the biggest attempt in the history of the human race to make the world a better place.

We also feel that connecting young people from different countries and backgrounds will help shape meaningful discussions on issues as well creating collaborative solutions as Global Citizens.

Many young people are already running their own projects in their school or community, and the aim of the programme is to build and develop knowledge around the SDGs.  You will be supported to take on a real world 30 Day Challenge, where you will take action to address a local or global issue you feel passionate about. Check out our Challengers!



After the programme, you will be challenged to start your own social action project working in a team of 3 to 7 students which will make tangible changes within school and the community (local, national or global).

You will be invited to enter the GSL Global Goals Competition.

Frequently Asked Questions

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GSL World Catalyst

As part of the programme, you will have live online sessions lead by a GSL facilitator, and with other participants joining from different countries. Please be aware that we will be using Zoom for live online sessions.

You will have been allocated one of the below session times for the three-days:

10.00 – 13.45 (CET) / 09.00 -12.45 (BST).

Please make sure you attend the full slot we have allocated – just in case we have to change the start slightly. 


It’s important that you know what you are signing up to take part in!

This programme involves live online interactive sessions lead by a GSL coach (this is the Catalyst course). You will be able to use your camera and microphone to engage with your coach and students.

The course is followed by an independent social challenge of your choice. You will be supported to complete your challenge over a period of 30-days. 

There are no tests to complete the programme (phew!) or to participate in the programme. You will through have all the content in English.  

In order to gain the most of your online learning experience, we recommend you participate in the discussions. Please if possible have your camera and microphone switched on when you go to breakout rooms. Our facilitators will tell you when to get ready for discussions. Please note, some of the sessions will be focused on how to launch and develop successful projects; gaining greater impact in your community; and topical debates which will help with your communication and persuasive skills. There will be other topics of discussion based on the requests we receive, for example an informal forum may be set up to for participants to connect with their global peers and exchange shared interests around similar SDG goals and community projects they are currently involved with. 

The programme is all in English, and we do not provide translations of the materials.  Hopefully in the future we will be able to release a programme that is suitable for a variety of levels of English. 

We would suggest that you need to have a CEFR level (Common European Framework of Reference) of B2 or above (C1/ C2) to join this programme. 

We do not ask you to do a test to show your level, so please be aware that this is important you are sure you are happy!  If you are concerned about this, please get in touch with our team before you register. 

There are some free online tests if you want to check your level. 

We will not record sessions as a default as the live sessions are made to be interactive and involve all participants. 
In exceptional circumstances, we can discuss the possibility of recording a live session depending on the content and gaining additional consent from parents. Please note, we will need adequate notice if you need to miss an online session.

All materials will be accessible on the online learning platform. As such, you will need access to the internet as well as a webcam for live sessions. Please note, these materials must not be shared with your friends, classmates and teachers.


young leaders around the world


reported social action projects


schools involved in GSL programmes