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Global Learning and Engagement Program Expands Offerings


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The Bolles School’s Global Learning and Engagement program is steadily growing and providing more opportunities for students to pursue All Things Possible on an international level.  

This fall, the program launched the Student Global Connections Committee, which invites students on the Upper School San Jose Campus to take on roles focused on global leadership. The committee is led by Bolles Director of Global Learning and Engagement Natalia Aycart, who said she is excited to see these teens tap into the rich cultural heritage of the School’s diverse student body.

“The ultimate goal of the Global Learning and Engagement program is to offer students a broader perspective of the world and provide tangible opportunities for them to make connections with each other and their peers across the globe,” she said. “The Student Global Connections Committee is a group of passionate, like-minded students who are prepared to not only think outside of the box – but to also think outside of our borders.”

Six Bulldogs on the new committee were recently chosen to participate in the 2022-23 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge, an initiative that invites students from select international schools to solve the world’s largest problems. The following Bulldogs will represent the School: Sarah Park ’25Ava Cheng ’25, Anaiya Nahar ’25, Jaden Taher ’25, Esha Kasavaraju ’26 and Abby Bradley ’25.

Hosted by Scarsdale High School’s Design Lab and STEAM program, the challenge asks students to solve real-world problems based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Although these problems are complex and global, students will look for local problems related to the SDGs and learn how to find solutions that are scalable. Throughout the problem-solving process, students will meet via Zoom to discuss the problems that they are tackling and exchange local perspectives and cultural norms with their peers from around the world.

Once student teams have identified their potential solutions, they will present short pitches to UN experts to get feedback and obtain potential connections before the final submission. If selected for the final round, the Bolles team will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Pitch Event on April 28 in New York.

The following schools are participating in the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge:

Educandato Uccellis Collegio (Udine, Italy)
The Chinese International School (Hong Kong, China)
The Binus School (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Austin Eco Bilingual School (Campana, Argentina)
St. Paul's School (Concord, New Hampshire)
The Ursuline School (New Rochelle, New York)
St. Stephens and St. Agnes School (Alexandria, Virginia)
The Trevor Day School (New York, NY)
The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Florida)
Robert College (Istanbul, Turkey)

Students interested in getting involved with the Student Global Connections Committee can find events on the Global Learning and Engagement program’s new online calendar.