A transformational development programme for social leaders of the future

Join us for the Global Social Leaders World Catalyst, live from London! From 27th-29th July 2022, like-minded young people across the world will come together for a transformational leadership experience. And we are inviting 11-17 year olds worldwide to be a part of it.

  • AGE ELIGIBILITY — 11-17-years-old
  • DATES — 27th-29th July 2022
  • DURATION — 3 days of live interactive virtual sessions followed by 30 days of action
  • GRADUATION — 14th September 2022
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE — 30th June 2022, registration has now closed



Begin your GSL transformation by discovering the leader in you on our three day interactive GSL World Catalyst course. Find out more about what students enjoyed most about the course by clicking here.


The 30 day period of action will be an opportunity for you to make positive change for issues you care about. Find out more and be inspired by other Global Social Leaders who have completed their own challenge by clicking here.


Celebrate what you have achieved during the programme at your graduation and receive certificates of participation and for your challenge! Find out more by watching a previous graduation event by clicking here.

I learnt that the diversity of the world is so beautiful, and I truly believe now that, if we all connect and be kind to one another, we can accomplish so many different goals and tasks.
I really enjoyed the different sessions planned and the activities, I also enjoyed interacting with different people in the breakout rooms and getting to know them better by talking about the issues in our countries and our potential solutions.
GSL was good because, it helped us to learn many helpful things, and most importantly it helped us to find ourselves. It inspired us to succeed our goals, and advised a lot of ways to reach them.


The GSL World Catalyst is a three-day course and interactive programme that will be delivered LIVE from London this summer. Designed to equip 11-17-year-olds with the skills, knowledge, values and confidence they need to become socially conscious leaders, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

On the course, participants will receive powerful leadership training from experienced UK-based facilitators, watch inspiring live talks from thought leaders, develop their understanding of local and global issues, and be empowered to plan a project in support of the United Nations Global Goals.

After the three-day course, students will be invited to take on an independent social challenge over a 30-day period. This will allow them to use their passions to take positive action and put their skills to practice.

There will be a virtual graduation celebration event in September, which will showcase what participants have learnt and accomplished during the programme. E-certificates will be awarded following the event. Click here to watch example graduation.

The GSL World Catalyst is brought to you by award-winning UK youth organisation, Future Foundations, in partnership with the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute. 


  • Collaborative Sessions






  • Wellbeing & Resilience

  • Reflection

  • global & local issues

  • Leading yourself & Others

  • Pursuing your passions


  • Communicating Your Message




Rijve Arefin is a multi-award-winning community development practitioner and a dedicated youth activist. He has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 and highlighted as the Featured Honoree for Social Impact. He also received The Diana Award—the most prestigious accolade a young person can receive for their humanitarian work, continuing Princess Diana’s legacy. He worked at the United Nations Global Compact as the Target Gender Equality Programme Advisor. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Awareness 360, a global youth-led organization that has impacted over 1.1 million individuals through community service work across six continents and operates in more than 30 countries. He is a Royal Commonwealth Society Fellow, the Director and Curator of multiple TEDx events, a member of the Commonwealth Students’ Association’s Asia Regional Committee,  a Global Youth Ambassador of Theirworld UK, a US State Department Alumnus, an Observer Research Foundation Alumnus, a Partner & Facilitator at UNDP Youth Co:Lab Movers Programme and is involved with several other international organizations. He co-designed the Youth Action Lab for grassroots activists in the capacity of a Youth Development Consultant at South Africa-based CIVICUS, the world’s largest civil society organization.


Anjali is currently a Programme Director at the Global Leadership Challenge, a joint initiative of University of Oxford and St Gallen Symposium, dedicated to the cultivation of character and responsible leadership among tomorrow’s leaders. She is a social innovation expert and development practitioner with seven years of experience in leading projects that empower people in low-income communities, with a special focus on youth and women. Previously she worked at BRAC, one of the largest development organisations in the world, to bring digital financial services to one million rural women in Bangladesh. In addition to her work in international development, she is a Dalai Lama Fellow, a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and has served as a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum. She completed an MSc in Inequalities and Social Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds an MBA from the University of Oxford.


If you are a student who would like to book an individual place on the GSL World Catalyst please read this section. If you are a student attending as part of a School Group please contact your teacher for instructions.

To secure your place on the programme follow the below steps:

  • Step 1: Pay for your place (you will need parental permission to do so). Please use the button below to make your payment.
  • Step 2: Complete the Student Registration & Parental Consent form to register for the programme. You will receive a link to the form via email after payment is received. We strongly encourage you to complete this form as early as possible.

After the completion of these steps, you will receive confirmation of your place and will be contacted with next steps and joining instructions in due course.

The price of the programme is £220 (incl. VAT) for an individual student booking. This includes the interactive three day leadership weekend, ongoing support through the 30 day challenge, the graduation event, and certificates for completion of the programme.

What’s included in the price?


  • 12 Live Online Sessions
  • All programme session materials
  • Access to content post-programme
  • Access to independent challenges with support of our team
  • 30 Day Challenge
  • Invitation to join GSL Fellowship
  • Participation in Global Goals Competition
  • Certificate of completion
    Certificate of completion of Individual Challenges (Evidence required)
  • Online Graduation
  • £220
  • per student (price includes VAT)


  • 12 Live Online Sessions
  • All programme session materials
  • Access to content post-programme
  • Access to independent challenges with support of our team
  • 30 Day Challenge
  • Invitation to join GSL Fellowship
  • Participation in Global Goals Competition
  • Certificate of completion
    Certificate of completion of Individual Challenges (Evidence required)
  • Online Graduation
  • £195
  • per student (price includes VAT).

It’s important that you know what you are signing up to take part in!  This programme involves live online sessions with a GSL Coach and independent challenges. There are no tests to complete the programme (phew!)

  • Live online sessions

The most exciting part of the programme are the Live Online Sessions. Your GSL Coach will lead an international group of participants through all learning modules.
  • Independent Challenges

Our programmes are about taking action. You will be invited to take on an independent challenge in your own time. This will be a great opportunity to put the learning in practice and a chance to gain additional certificates.

  • Online Safety

We take your safety seriously, and we want to ensure you have a great experience on the programme.
All participants will need to sign a Code of Conduct before we start. We want all young people to be able to engage in a safe and respectful space. 
Please be aware that we will be using Zoom for Live Online Sessions.
  • Course Content in English

The programme is all in English, and we do not provide translations of the materials. 
We do not ask you to do a test to show your level, so please be sure you are happy with your English language!  We suggest a CEFR level (Common European Framework of Reference) of B2 or above (C1/ C2) to join this programme.
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. 
  • Time Zones

When you register, you need to select which time you will attend the Live Online Sessions for the programme.  There are two time zone options: 

08:00 to 11:45 UK Time 


15:00 to 18:45 UK Time

Below is a rough example of times – do check the time where you live in the world before signing up! 

London, UK   Vancouver, Canada  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Istanbul, Turkey Abu Dhabi, UAE  Delhi, India Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Sydney, Australia 
08:00  00:00  04:00  10:00  11:00  12:30  15:00  17:00 
15:00  07:00  11:00  17:00  18:00  19:30  22:00  00:00 

We are excited to confirm we will be holding this event for the second year, on the 12th to 14th November 2021

Last year, 191 students from 31 COBIS schools in 19 countries took part.

Registration for schools will be opening soon.

To register interest in your school taking part, please click the button below and complete the form or email our team using the following email address with the subject line COBIS GSL World Catalyst:

Once registration opens, we will contact you to invite your school to register and confirm your participation.

Last year the Student Leadership Weekend organised annually by COBIS in Madrid could not take place due to COVID-19. In response, COBIS and Future Foundations developed an exciting online opportunity.  

The programme was a real success with 191 young people from 31 COBIS schools taking part.  At a time when students could not travel, this programme provided the opportunity for a global community of COBIS students to connect.  Whilst we are disappointed that restrictions remain and with travel uncertainty likely to continue throughout 2021, we are delighted to be able to be able to offer this programme for a second year.

Watch last year’s Graduation Event

Watch last year’s Afternoon Graduation event

Watch a student panel at the COBIS annual conference, with students speaking about the impact of the programme

“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.”

The ability to cope with uncertainty, develop new attitudes and values, and act productively and meaningfully, even when goals shift, remains, for the moment, a uniquely human skill

Aims and Outcomes

  • 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]. 

  • OECD Learning Compass

We have shaped our programme based on The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Learning Compass which has focused on what knowledge, skills, attitudes and values students need today to thrive in and shape their world. 

The COBIS GSL World 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]. 

  • 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] 

  • Wellbeing

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. The COBIS GSL World Catalyst is an opportunity to learn new skills, develop the right mindset and prepare for the future we want. 

We believe it is important to give time and space to develop good mental health and wellbeing.  We will work with the young people on the programme to develop their own toolkit they can open anytime in the future when they need it. 

  • Social Action and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. 

The COBIS GSL World Catalyst will challenge students to THINK GLOBAL and ACT LOCAL, examining the issues behind the 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.  We will help you to either improve existing projects or start new ones.  We will focus on areas such as understanding the users, measuring impact and how to make a project more sustainable. 



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.

Registration for schools will be opening soon.

To register interest in your school taking part, please click on the button below and complete the form or email our team using the following email address with the subject line COBIS GSL World Catalyst:

Once registration opens, we will contact you to invite your school to register and confirm your participation.


young leaders around the world


reported social action projects


schools involved in GSL programmes