Global Awareness Club at UCSB

The flagship Emerging Leaders Program was founded as a student led club at UCSB in Santa Barbara, California. It is affectionately called Worldhealer’s Global Awareness Club (GAC).

Participants of the Global Awareness Program are given the responsibility and the liberty to design, plan, and execute the program as they feel fits the current political climate. The club evolves and adapts to the current members and global trends.

Together, club members:

  • share current global topics, discussing and learning from one another;
  • decide what content they are interested in sharing with others;
  • learn and pass on their knowledge, reinforcing their own learning process as they forge student–to–student mentorship with each other and younger students;
  • create and lead global awareness workshops to teach younger age groups (grades K-12);
  • influence younger students by positive example, broadening their horizons and encouraging them to become proactive in their personal development;
  • develop their leadership skills by practicing to run their program as a small business, therefore also practicing entrepreneurship.

By giving university students the opportunity to run the program, the club member learn the skills required to manage each aspect of their club as a “company”, have direct positive impact on their community, advance their personal growth and gain valuable experience which they can use to find sustainable, rewarding employment when they have finished their studies.

Club Involvement and the Emerging Leaders Program at UCSB

There are three different involvement levels for club members at UCSB:

Level One: Basic Club Involvement

The first level of involvement is to join the Global Awareness Club as a club member. The club meets once a week for 1.5 hours at UCSB. The meeting day and time may change each quarter. This weekly meeting time is considered a supervised work session during which club members work together to plan events, develop curricula for their weekly global awareness workshops, practice presentations for their weekly workshops, and set schedules for additional meetings (as needed). They also use this time to make announcements to the overall group, organize committee collaboration for workshops and/or fundraising and networking events and invite guest speakers to come and present lessons for the club members to learn from.

The club is divided up into two committees (1) the Academic Committee and (2) the Fund Development and Networking Committee. Students get to decide which committee they want to actively focus on, however both committees provide back–up support to the other committee for each other’s events whenever needed.

In general, participants are welcome to join the club for any length of time. It is not a problem if they cannot stay for the length of the whole year, as long as they are consistent with their attendance during the quarter to which they commit.

Level Two: Basic Club Involvement and Emerging Leadership Training Program

Club members are also invited to go through the Emerging Leadership Training Program which would give them more hours and a team fundraising project to work towards. It is a learning and hands–on training opportunity that requires them to be available for the length of the UCSB quarter for completion. In the event that the student remains in the club for another quarter or more, they are encouraged to take on more responsibility and to lead the club committees. Members do not need to continue their participation the following quarter in order to attend the Emerging Leadership Training Program.

Level Three: Basic Club Involvement, Emerging Leadership Training Program and Worldhealer Internship:

The Worldhealer internship can be done without full involvement in the Club but would be best if offered to a student who is also participating in the Fund Development and Networking Committee (listed above) since the several tasks of intern would ultimately require coordination with the Club. This position would require several additional hours beyond the club and is a good fit for those looking to complete a more intensive hourly requirement for their volunteer credits. The intern could be involved with all three levels listed above or a combination of the activities of the three levels, as agreed upon at the beginning of the internship.