Reach the World's mission is to build a pipeline of globally-competent students and educators who will succeed in and steward the 21st Century global community. RTW currently provides global education and mentoring programs for elementary and middle school students. Over the next three years, RTW aims to add high school programming, creating an arc of globally-themed mentoring that will engage young learners throughout their school careers.
Reach the World’s current program matches classrooms of disadvantaged youth with global mentors for a semester. Most of RTW’s global mentors are Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholars, a competitive U.S. State Department program that provides college students with need-based scholarships to study abroad.
Through a highly structured, Standards-based program of web-based journalism, videoconferencing and collaborative project-making, Reach the World’s students go on virtual journeys with their global mentors and expand their worldview in the process. Teachers utilize the RTW program to enrich all subject areas, but especially Social Studies, Science and Literacy.
Reach the World also aims to redesign geography education for the 21st Century through its GeoGames curriculum. GeoGames is a family of geography learning games originally funded by the National Geographic Society Education Foundation and based on research by Dr. Susan Lowes at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Reach the World’s collaborators include the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, the Global Education Working Group, the EdSteps Initiative, and the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Reach the World was founded in New York City in 1998 and provides services both in New York City and nationwide. All of RTW’s programming is partially fee-based; revenue from grants and donations makes up the balance. RTW’s mission is to serve Title I school, afterschool and summer school sites, as well as to advocate for global education on a national level.