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.

Our Values

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.

Our 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

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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.