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About Us

Global Leaders is an independent 501c3 organization that empowers students to become leaders through service locally and abroad. We are proud to call the Fort Collins, CO community home. Our students develop a lifelong ethic of service by combining local service-learning experiences with international service-learning experiences.

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Our Impact

Global Leaders aims to educate and empower students outside of the four walls of the traditional classroom. Due to our dedication to eliminating financial barriers to participation, GL’s participants come from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Regardless of ability to pay, all student participants commit to learning the skills and tools necessary to  become effective leaders. Through multiple local community service partnerships,  leadership and cultural competency training, and student-led service initiatives, GL students recognize that through their vision and action they can lead others in creating just and sustainable change.




Over the past 23 years, Global Leaders has led journeys to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ghana, Tonga, and the US Southwest. 



Years Serving communities

Global Leaders has developed strong partnerships with communities in Fort Collins, CO and in Guatemala. 



hours of local and international service

In the last 2 decades, Global Leaders participants have volunteered tens of thousands of hours in their local and international communities.


Our Programs

Global Leaders is a 9-month leadership and service learning program dedicated to empowering students to create change at home and abroad. We currently run three programs designed to develop leadership, an ethic of service, and a love of travel. 


GL Guatemala: Summer

Each June, we take a group of high school students on a 2-week journey to Guatemala. Students stay with carefully selected Guatemalan families, work on one of several service projects, and receive 20 hours of 1:1 Spanish Lessons. 

GL local

Participate in our 9-month leadership and service program without traveling abroad! GL Local students complete the entire program in their own community without the travel requirement at the end.  

GL Puerto Rico/ Middle School: Spring Break

We are excited to launch our first middle school program with Preston Middle School. Students will participate in a service learning course in school, plug in to larger service projects with other GL students, and finally embark on a trip to Puerto Rico during spring break to work on an Earthship build alongside local Puerto Rican students!


Student Testimonials

“GL has totally redefined what service means to me and made it such an important part of my life...It's about touching their humanity with yours and giving people a hand-up. It’s about realizing your privilege and making use of it--privilege isn’t something to feel guilty about, it’s something you should do something with.”

  • Zoe B., PHS, GL Guatemala ‘17, Executive Board ‘18

“I can say with complete certainty that I would not be half the person I am today without the GL’s guidance and investment.”

-Helena R., PHS, GL Guatemala ‘16


Get Involved

Are you passionate about working with other students to help your community? Do you want the opportunity to develop your leadership skills and travel internationally?

Let's get started! Applications for our 2019-2020 programs are now open!


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Application for our 2019-2020 program is still open

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