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Students Going Global (Non-Profit Organization)
Creating Global Citizens for a Global Economy

“Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.” ~ Asian Proverb

Is 21st century classroom education enough? Students Going Global is a global initiative to increase global education and awareness and make Educational Tours Abroad possible for high achieving students in underserved cities nationwide.
We expand minds, hearts and horizons.  (Currently serving the Detroit area)
The opportunity to travel abroad with Students Going Global and to participate in any one of its six youth development programs is available to all high achieving high school students, grades 9-12, who reside in Detroit or attend a Detroit area high school. As a 501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit organization, however, Students Going Global only provides the funding for low-income students. Students who are not low-income must pay for the full cost of the tour abroad as well as a mandatory/supplemental youth development program fee of $750.


Our ultimate goal at Students Going Global is to create thinkers, leaders and doers who become major contributors to their communities and to a global society, utilizing Educational Tours Abroad, Youth Development Programs and Community Outreach Projects to support and empower disadvantaged youth.

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“I was not meant for one corner; the whole world is my native land. “

Video by OneWorldNow Multimedia Project 2012
Global Education and why it is important:  https://youtu.be/G1Y5HhOLH1k

Why Support Our Work Here at Students Going Global

We expand minds, hearts and horizons.
We increase global literacy.
We provide a global perspective.
We put the excitement back into learning.
We create curiosity.
We instill hope for a bright future.
We inspire students to reach their full potential.
We accelerate learning and academic success.
We enhance college preparedness.
We break down social, economic, and cultural barriers.
We help students embrace diversity and celebrate differences.
We develop the whole child, academically, socially and personally.
We help students discover meaningful ways to contribute to a global society.
We empower disadvantaged youth….
Read More: http://www.studentsgoingglobal.org/donate/why-support-sgg/

The Rewards of an Educational Tour Abroad

A Global Perspective New Discoveries Enhanced Cultural Sensitivity Broader Knowledge Increased Independence Enhanced Cultural Awareness New Found Confidence Higher Grades Stronger College Applications Stronger Scholarship Applications Enhanced Career Prospects Friendships That Last a Lifetime

Expanding Minds, Hearts and Horizons

“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”   ~George Santayana

Expanding Minds, Hearts and Horizons

Vision – To see a world where every high achieving, disadvantaged high school student has an opportunity to become a global citizen and travel out of the country on an Educational Tour Abroad and open their eyes to a world of new possibilities. The 21st century calls for new, innovative and creative means of educating our youth. We can no longer limit learning to a classroom. Through real life outward bound educational experiences, students make connections and begin to see the greater possibilities in their own lives, making learning more effective, worthwhile and memorable. We now reside in a global economy where the world’s economies are interconnected and dependent upon one another to thrive, giving rise to educational institutions across the country incorporating global initiatives, striving to remain competitive and meet the demands of a global economy.  However, far too often, these programs remain out of reach for low-income disadvantaged youth. Students Going Global targets youth in at risk schools in at risk neighborhoods that have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and provide them avenues to learn, grow and actively participate in our 21st century global economy. John Dewey said it best:

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterdays, we rob them of tomorrow.”


Sponsor a Student and Change a Life


Sponsor a Student Today – (Make a Difference for a Lifetime)
Fund life changing educational tours abroad for academically motivated and deserving students in underserved cities
Give students a broader view of the world in which they live
Discover the personal rewards of giving
Be Included on our Student Sponsor Wall of Fame
Make a gift and a major impact on a child’s life and potential for success through global education and life changing Educational Tours Abroad. By sponsoring one or more students on a trip abroad, you help students experience the world around them, open their eyes to a world of new possibilities, prepare them to compete in our 21st century global economy and create cutting edge opportunities for disadvantaged youth that will propel them to reach their full potential. “A mind that is stretched by new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” To sponsor a student, please contact us via email or phone to designate the destination abroad that you want to sponsor, the number of students you want to sponsor and the total amount of your sponsorship.  Student sponsors will receive 1) trip pictures and a thank you card signed by SGG Board of Directors and all students on the educational tour abroad 2) positive publicity and recognition via media attention 3) your logo displayed on our website and 4) the ability to recommend students to travel abroad with us on our annual Educational Tours Abroad, which are completely funded by Students Going Global. Student sponsors will also receive additional donor perks located on our donor perks page. Finally, the names of all student sponsors will be included on our Student Sponsor Wall of Fame annually, including the number of students sponsored annually. Not many urban youth have the opportunity to travel out of their immediate surroundings, let alone out of the country. However, with YOUR help, it is possible, and we THANK YOU for your generous support of disadvantaged youth.

2016 Educational Tour Abroad
Costa Rica: A Touch of the Tropics (Tour #1802906WB) – $2,650 per student
via our global education partner, EF Educational Tours – www.eftours.com 
Departure and return date: July 19, 2017 – July 28, 2017
Tour website:
View Detailed Itinerary: http://www.eftours.com/eLiterature/DBD/M/COS.pdf
Pinterest pictures: https://www.pinterest.com/globalgoing

Costa Rica: http://www.studentsgoingglobal.org/educational-tours/costa-rica/ 

EF Educational Tours: World Leader in International Education:
(View what our global education partner EF Educational Tours says about global education)

Support Educational Tours Abroad for Disadvantaged Youth at Students Going Global
Help Change a Life / Tax Deductible


“Small acts, when multiplied by all of us, can transform the lives of kids across the world.”


Changing Lives One Program at A Time


Here at Students Going Global, we recognize the value in outward bound educational experiences. We offer six year round Youth Development Programs meeting with students once a week for two hours funded by Students Going Global, where students become globally competent, develop community projects, volunteer and explore the world around them locally, nationally and internationally. Each program provides an opportunity for students to travel abroad funded by Students Going Global, utilizing only credible pre-packaged Educational Tours Abroad through reputable educational travel program providers. Upon program completion, students receive Global Citizen Certificates for traveling abroad with Students Going Global and becoming globally competent students. Student participants are selected through our partnerships with Detroit area high schools and Community Organizations. Our ultimate goal at Students Going Global is to become a staple in Detroit and a national organization, creating thinkers, leaders and doers who become major contributors to their communities and to a global society.

Youth Development Programs                    Educational Tours Abroad
Student Requirements                                 Partnerships

“A mind that is stretched by new experience can never go back to its old dimensions”


What Are People Saying About Students Going Global?


“Students Going Global will broaden perspectives, help to remove barriers to success and provide students with a much needed opportunity to explore the global possibilities. It is difficult to imagine all that you can be when you have a very limited view.”~Iris Ware, Former Board Chair at SGG
“An Educational Tour Abroad is a motivational tool, and it lets students know that they don’t have to settle.”~Tamecia Batiste

“I see this organization changing lives as well as families and becoming a national organization.”~Andrea McCaskill, Former Board Fundraising Coordinator at SGG

“It is important for youth to see the world. This exposure impacts their dream potential. It develops awareness for diversity and educates the whole child.”
~Gloria Cunningham, Former Board Resource Development Coordinator at SGG 

“Much of the inner-city youth live “in a box” and merit current movie depictions as truth. Students Going Global will allow youths to have a firsthand perception of the world around them. It would also prepare them for the diversity of higher education and the work force. For some youths, Students Going Global may be their only opportunity to leave the country, the state, and possibly even the city.”
~Shaquana Snyder, Former Board Treasurer at SGG

Holding our first fundraiser at the Masonic Temple “Broadway Detroit” event on 12/14/12.

Students Going Global

Students Going Global founder, Sharreen Hardy, manning the fundraising table at the Masonic Temple “Broadway Detroit” event on December 14, 2012. Students Going Global would like to thank all of the wonderful anonymous donors for their kindness and support: http://www.studentsgoingglobal.org/donate/

“Small acts, when multiplied by all of us, can transform the lives of kids across the world.”


Letter From The Founder


and making Educational Tours Abroad possible for disadvantaged youth 


As the Founder of Students Going Global and as a former Teacher and Guidance Counselor totaling fifteen years in Detroit, Michigan, I saw a need for more outward bound educational experiences on a local, national and international level that would enable academically motivated, disadvantaged youth in at risk schools and in at risk neighborhoods to compete in a competitive, diverse, global economy.

In the 21st century, I do not believe that classroom education is enough.

All of our youth need opportunities for outward bound educational experiences that broaden horizons, stimulate learning, engage students and provide something tangible and meaningful that is going to make a significant difference in some way.

Even at the most basic level, for example, it is one thing to read about elephants and view images of them in a textbook. It is an entirely different experience to visit Thailand in Asia and actually ride on an elephant. Imagine the impact! The 21st century calls for new, innovative and creative means of educating our youth. We can no longer limit learning to a classroom.
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Make the Right Choices


Think Ahead Students, and participate actively in the circle of life, knowing that every choice  you make from friends, course selection, extracurricular activities, special programs & employment will impact what you aim to achieve in the end. Choose wisely, and be mindful! College and scholarship representatives are trained to seek out those students who have the greatest likelihood of succeeding academically and socially at an institution of higher learning and contributing positively to a college community. If you want to give yourself the greatest chance of success, take a holistic approach and develop yourself academically, socially and personally. Well rounded students are always in demand, so make that your goal:

1) Maintain Academic excellence and consistency
2) Embrace the community around you and seek out community service activities
3) Participate in the school environment, choosing a variety of extracurricular activities
4) Seek out leadership roles/positions, the most impressive addition to any application

Whatever you do, keep your goals in mind…Always! and “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”  ~Oprah Winfrey

 “Life is the sum of all your choices.”