As Pasadena’s new EF Academy wraps up its first academic year, the private day and boarding school is planning a number of student presentations on solving global challenges.
The school’s Global Leadership Symposium, set for Friday, May 26, from 10 a.m to noon, will be an opportunity to see how EF Academy is “empowering students to become confident, resilient and responsible global citizens,” the school announced recently.
EF Academy is a private day and boarding school. It has demonstrated impressive progress in establishing a global educational community within its state-of-the-art campus in north central Pasadena.
Symposium presentations will range from a proposed mentorship program called the ‘Big Sib Project,’ to ‘Biking for a Better Tomorrow’ to reduce transportation’s impact on the environment.
Each of EF Academy’s students will participate in presentations about their Global Leadership Projects.
Students have applied the design thinking process to develop an action project aligned with one of the seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals aimed at solving an important issue or meeting a community need, the school said in their announcement.
All students participate in EF Academy’s signature Global Leadership program is a class that all students participate in during their time on campus. Each year, students have the opportunity to design meaningful, community-driven projects.
Faculty members mentor Global Leadership groups through design thinking to define, ideate, prototype, test and implement their ideas in the real world. Students work toward milestones throughout the year to further develop their projects. Each year of the program culminates with a final presentation for students to share with the school community.
The “Big Sib” project is committed to responding to UN SDG #3: Good Health and Well-being. In order to improve the mental and emotional well-being of incoming EF students, this group created a mentorship program to support new students integrate into the community
“Biking for a Better Tomorrow” is committed to responding to UN SDG #13: Climate Action. This group has collected and refurbished donated bicycles and designed a checkout system for students to use bike transportation to reduce other, less sustainable forms of transportation.