Illinois Global Scholars: Building Global Awareness and Engagement in High Schools across Illinois

The focus of this project is to find creative ways to engage school districts and teachers to build the Illinois Global Scholar (IGS) network for globally engaging high school students. This is a state-approved project mostly supported by volunteer labor, so continuing to develop ideas for marketing and support materials is important. The project is now over 5 years old and so some evaluation and strategizing is key to the next stage in its growth. While the foundation is built, considering strategies and tactics for the next phase are key, especially restoring energy post-Covid. Here are three potential avenues for the team to work on as sample directions. First, one potential issue that was identified last year was how smaller school districts could become involved, so strategies and support are needed to develop this area. Second, how can materials be provided to help interested teachers “sell” this program to their administrators? Third, seeking outlets to build the identity and brand of IGS to Illinois more broadly so that colleges and employers understand the benefits these students bring with them out of high school.


IL Global Scholar Program, an NGO started by high school teachers in IL who believe high school students could learn and make a difference by engaging in global issues.

Project Mentor

Dr. Barbara Ribbens.

Competencies needed by faculty and students involved

  • Marketing & International Business
  • Education, Social Media, Languages, and Area studies
  • Global and Political issues
  • Good oral and written communication skills