To develop and support the next generation of global leaders.
OneWorld Now! (OWN) was founded in 2002 in response to the tragic events of 9/11 and the increasing need to cultivate globally-minded citizens who have the skills and experiences to build a more peaceful and just world. Our mission is to develop the next generation of global leaders, with a commitment to advancing racial and economic equity among youth. Today, we believe our mission is more important than ever in the context of increasing national and global polarization.
OWN takes pride in its innovative educational model, which consists of three pillars: language, leadership, and study abroad. During our yearlong Global Leadership Program (GLP), OWN students enroll in twice-weekly after-school classes in one of our four critical languages (Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Russian) and participate in leadership workshops twice per month. At the end of the year, students organize and lead our annual Get Global leadership conference, where they develop skills like teamwork, time-management, and public speaking on local and global issues. During the summer break, students have access to scholarship-based study abroad opportunities in OWN-organized study abroad programs or in programs with partner institutions.