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2018 Recipient

Peyton Klein

Pittsburgh, PA | 16

2018 Award Recipient

When Peyton Klein realized she had been in class with a student all year whose name she didn’t know, she was prompted to learn about her classmate Khwala’s experience as a refugee. Her interaction with Khwala and newfound knowledge of the challenges she faced led to the creation of the Global Minds Initiative (GMI). Through GMI, English Language Learners are paired with native English speakers to practice their conversational English skills, receive support navigating the school system, and participate in thought-provoking activities on pressing topics. Currently, GMI has 13 chapters and has engaged over 500 students from six states and two countries. GMI’s reporting indicates that in 2016-2017, 100% of participating English language learners demonstrated improvement both in integration among students and in their language skills. For her leadership, Peyton has been featured on the “Today Show,” as well as in Teen Vogue and The New York Times. She hosted the TED Talk “Come Sit with Me: An Inclusive Take on Global Education.”

Global Minds Initiative

Concern for an immigrant refugee classmate prompted Peyton to launch the Global Minds Initiative (GMI), which pairs English language learners with native speakers to practice their conversational skills, receive support navigating school systems, and participate in thought-provoking activities. GMI has 13 chapters and has engaged 500+ students from six states and two countries. Peyton has hosted a TED Talk, has appeared on the “Today Show,” and in Teen Vogue and The New York Times.