We are proud to announce that our Founder and CEO, Lauren Beebe, has joined the Advisory Board for Reach the World (RTW). RTW makes the benefits of travel accessible to classrooms, inspiring students to become curious, confident global citizens. Enabled by a digital platform, classrooms and college student travelers explore the world together.
The program is headquartered in New York City. RTW provides fully-supported enrichment programming in New York City and online programming nationwide. The National Geographic Society Education Foundation named RTW a Model Program in Geography Education.
Reach the World’s mission is to help elementary and secondary school students and educators to develop the knowledge, attitudes, values and thinking skills needed for responsible citizenship in a complex, culturally diverse and rapidly changing world.
Through its interactive website, Reach the World enriches the school, afterschool and summer school curriculum by connecting classrooms of youth to travelers who are studying or exploring around the globe. RTW identifies volunteer travelers, manages web-based educational content posted by these travelers, and delivers technology and curricular support to New York City sites via “Global Learning Leaders” drawn from college and university partners.
In 2009, Reach the World began partnering with the Institute of International Education’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to engage a select group of its study-abroad college travelers as volunteer correspondents for the RTW website. The Gilman Program offers awards for study abroad for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding. RTW also draws its travelers from the Fulbright Program. RTW has a formal partnership with Teach For America to recruit classrooms. RTW is working on creating a nationwide network of campus partners.