About Us

Each year, Global Potential trains 500 youth aged 15-23 who have high potential visions to become leaders, change makers and entreprenuers.


Founded in 2007, Global Potential (GP) established a pilot program with International High School @Prospect Heights, and selected 10 youth fellows to form its inaugural class. We worked with Ashoka’s Youth Venture to train the youth in social entrepreneurship and with graduate students from the Columbia University School of Social Work and Teacher’s College to analyze and measure the program’s impact on youth participants’ lives.

The pilot program was evaluated as highly successful and, thus, the following year, GP began expanding into several other New York City schools and youth programs; today the organization partners with 25 Title I schools and community based organizations in New York City. In 2010, GP replicated the program in Boston, and, in 2012, Paris, France. Currently, GP exclusively focuses its program in New York City and in its international partner communities.


Having successfully grown GP , this vibrant nonprofit has entered its second stage of growth: Transitioning from a 100% volunteer-run organization to hiring paid staff members in New York to drive organizational sustainability and increase the breadth and scope of our work.

GuideStar Gold

Global Potential is a platinum-level GuideStar participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We meet IRS filing requirements with IRS Form 990. At GuideStar, you can find a link to our IRS Form 990 along with other financial information, including the programs we offer, the outcomes we achieve, and details on the structure and practices of Global Potential. Learn more here:

Needs Addressed & Population Served

Global Potential serves teens from low-income city neighborhoods, primarily Bushwick, Flatbush, East Flatbush, Crown Heights, East New York, South Bronx, Hunts Point, Washington Heights. While family love and support are often present in the home life of GP students, they are too often eclipsed by the effects of poverty–violence, drugs, and hostility–outside the home. GP’s program extends the positive, empowering messaging from their homes into the outer world. In essence, we provide at-risk young people with the tools and self-confidence to resist the negativity of their surroundings, become agents of change in their neighborhoods, and begin laying the groundwork for success in college and career.

Participants are mostly first-generation immigrant youth aged primarily 15-21. They come from hard-working families that have faced the same obstacles to success from one generation to another. Given the lack of opportunities available particularly to low-income youth, the problem has become a vicious cycle. GP aims to break that cycle.

GP views each youth as a potential leader. The personal attention of a dedicated mentor, the structured educational environment, and the international service trip form a powerful combination that helps participants discover and develop their latent leadership skills. GP’s program not only helps to directly improve the lives of program participants, but, indirectly, those of their families as well as their communities.

Global Potential proposes a daring model of mutuality, trust, respect, diversity, international cultural exchange and social entrepreneurialism to better the work of international development agencies through the inherent power of at-risk youth.

Meet the Youth undergoing transformative life experiences through travel, cultural exchange, service learning, and experiential education—the heart of the Global Potential program.

Program Status


Fellows of 2016-17

Phase 3(September - May)

Fellows of 2015-16 Phase 3 (September - May)

Fellows of 2014-15 (Graduation 5/16/15)

Graduation 5/16/15

Our Board of Directors

Let’s take a look at who’s putting their intellectual capital to work for us. Our board members come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Their wisdom helps keep us focused and moving towards our mission.