19 Apr The Global Leadership Institute & Bodine High School
As a team of professionals who live and work in the Greater Philadelphia Region, we at Navigate care about the local community and want to help foster its success. As a result, you’re likely to see us at networking and service events in the area and taking part in board and leadership activities that we believe will enable us to provide ongoing value in and outside of the office.
For example, Brian Lee, Navigate Partner, currently serves on the Board of Directors for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, where he chairs the Global Leadership Institute (GLI). The goal of the GLI is to develop well-rounded, knowledgeable, internationally-competitive professionals. Every year a group of Philadelphia-area leaders are invited to participate in the GLI program, where they attend networking and learning activities and participate in community service initiatives.
Recently, three Navigate consultants (Justin Peppel, Patrick Hoban, and Jackie Kahn) completed the one-year GLI program. They developed a range of skills through their participation but found the service aspect of the program particularly rewarding.
Bodine High School for International Affairs
Each year, the current GLI class is tasked with executing a self-designed day of service with Bodine High School for International Affairs. The mission of the school is to provide urban public school students with a comprehensive educational experience that expands their interests to include global issues and prepares them for a lifetime of achievement and participation in local, national, and global communities.
The GLI class planned its day of service on President’s Day, working hand-in-hand with students to help with cosmetic updates to improve their classroom environment. As part of the day of service, the GLI class raised more than $7,000 for the school, which was used in part to fund a future bathroom renovation.
With only one guidance counselor for 500 students at the school, the GLI class set out to provide additional support to help students prepare for college. They organized an essay workshop and rising seniors had the opportunity to draft essays based on the common application essay prompts, and then members of the GLI class met with them individually to review themes, messaging, and grammar. Students were excited to participate and were fully engaged in the process.
The workshop was much more than a simple act of service, as members of the GLI class and students formed trusting relationships with one another. While the students benefitted from the advice they received related to improving their essays, the GLI class members similarly benefitted from learning more about the lives of the students.
It was incredibly rewarding for the GLI class members to work with students, who truly appreciated the mentorship. The most recent GLI class continues to be involved with the students and the college application process, and the next GLI class plans to continue to hold similar workshops.
If you have any questions about the World Affairs Council, the Global Leadership Institute, or Bodine High School for International Affairs, please contact Navigate at 484.383.0606 or [email protected].