Celebrating 20 Years of World Savvy
This year, World Savvy celebrates 20 years of reimagining education for a more globally connected world – creating a generation of changemakers who know more, care more, and do more for their communities and the world – right now. Since 2002, World Savvy has grown from providing programming to one high school in Oakland, CA in 2002 to serving more than 808,700 students and 6,800 educators! And your support of World Savvy has made all the difference.
As we celebrate this incredible milestone, we also remain more committed than ever to our vision – by 2035, World Savvy will engage a network of 10,000 K-12 schools in diverse geographies across the US, reaching an estimated 5 million students. We will leverage the learning and impact of our network toward broader policy change toward recognition of global competence as critical to a quality education across the country.
It feels radical, but We Must Imagine:
A school where every student knows they belong. A classroom where every student knows that their identity is valuable — a core component of their learning that connects them to their peers and to the wider world. An education system that empowers educators and prepares students for success in our modern economy. A world where the walls between learning, school, and identity are torn down. A community where young adults remain engaged after graduation, and are energized toward building a vibrant multi-ethnic democracy. Pride in self and pride in community aren’t at odds with this vision. They work together, alongside a deep pride in being a global citizen — knowing more, caring more, and doing more to contribute to a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world.
Will you join us in celebrating 20 years of impact at World Savvy – and help us make this vision a reality? Because it is the reality all students deserve.
20 Years at a Glimpse
World Savvy (previously known as Project Spera) founded by Madiha Murshed and Dana Mortenson in San Francisco, CA
Originally known as Project Spera
First World Savvy Festival
90 students and 20 teachers attended
Media and Arts Program Launched
500 youth across 20 organizations and schools leveraged the arts as lens to examine global issues
New York office opened
Minnesota office opened
6875 students and 91 educators reached
Led first-ever U.S. high school exchange program in Bangladesh
American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) sponsored by U.S. Department of States immerses 30 students and 4 teachers in month-long trip exploring climate change
AYLP Expanded to Include Peru and Haiti
World Savvy curated two additional exchange programs for U.S. students to Peru and Haitian students inbound to the U.S.
Global Competence Certificate launched with cohort of 20, reaching teachers in 17 states
Rural engagement strategy launched in East Tennessee
Grant from the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust enables piloting programming in rural areas beyond the Bay Area, Twin Cities, and New York City.
5-year $1.25 million gift launched a bold new 2035 vision
730,000 students reached across 29 states and 12 countries
In response to COVID, World Savvy moved nearly 100% of our programming online
The Enlight Foundation made a generous $5 million investment in World Savvy’s continued national growth
Kick-starts World Savvy’s We Must Imagine Campaign to raise $26.5 million over the next five years toward national expansion at a crucial time in our nation to reimagine an education system
World Savvy celebrates our 20th Anniversary!
World Savvy Stories: Dr. Tim Kaltenecker
World Savvy has worked with the Byram Hills School District (NY) for the last 5 years.
Celebrate 20 Years with World Savvy!
San Francisco, CA
Monday, May 23, 2022
A fun and engaging open house for all World Savvy supporters and partners. From where it all began, hear inspiring stories from World Savvy’s first 20 years, and look forward to growing local and national impact ahead.
20th Anniversary Gala
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
A vibrant and celebratory event at The Machine Shop, one of Minneapolis’ premiere event locations in St. Anthony Main. We’ll share stories of impact and look forward to the work ahead to accomplish our ambitious Vision 2035 – all with a backdrop of engaging activities, live music, and delicious food and beverages.
Join Us for Our Program Summit!
Two-day June Institute
9am – 5pm | Tuesday, June 14 – Wednesday, June 15
San Francisco, CA
Join us for our two-day institute! Experience engaging workshops led by World Savvy! Food and beverages with be provided!
June Institute: Culturally Responsive School Leadership
9:30am – 1pm | Monday, June 20
Join us for this workshop for school leaders led by Muhammad Khalifa. Food and beverages with be provided!
June Institute: Amazeworks
5-7pm | Monday, June 20
Join us for a hands-on workshop for educators and families led by Kami Page. Food and beverages with be provided!
June Institute: Sustainable Development Goals
9am – 12pm | Tuesday, June 21
Join us for a hands-on workshop about the SDGs led by Bill Gaudelli, a prominent international scholar whose career spans 30 years as a classroom teacher, researcher, professor, and seasoned administrator. Food and beverages with be provided!
June Institute: Reimagining Migration
1-3pm | Tuesday, June 21
Join us for a hands-on workshop led by Adam Strom, an educational leader who’s helped develop resources that has been used in tens of thousands of classrooms and experienced by millions of students around the world. Food and beverages with be provided!
WS Community Engagement Workshop Pilot
9am-12pm | Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Join us for an engaging workshop about community engagement led by World Savvy Professional Learning Facilitators!
EXPLR Screening and Learning Experience
2-4pm | Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Join us for a fun afternoon screening led by EXPLR Media!