Explore the impact of COVID-19 on you, your community and the world

In the Pandemic program, teens explore and share the everyday experiences and responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Using personal stories written by participating youth from around the world, this program brings to life everyday routines in quarantine, engages youth in exploring their local communities’ responses, showcases the importance of stopping the spread of the virus, and inspires youth to make small changes in their local communities to take action during and after the pandemic.

In this interactive program teens shape their own learning experience – they set the pace, decide when and where they engage, and make choices about the content that appeals to them most. This course allows teens to

  • Learn key concepts through short, structured, engaging, and highly visual lessons
  • Expand their global perspective by exploring carefully selected videos and articles related to global hunger
  • Exchange stories with their global peers to deepen their understanding of one another and explore their similarities and differences
  • Contribute to their local and global communities by developing a plan for local actions that can have global impact
  • *Add-on interactive activities available to select at registration

Due to the generosity of our funding partners, our Student to World programs are FREE. Sign up today!

  • Ages: 13-19
  • Self-directed: Teens navigate independently, selecting themes and resources of interest to them
  • Content-rich: 6-8 hours of engaging resources and creative activities for each theme
  • Flexible:​ Start and stop anytime
  • Online: Mobile, tablet, desktop
  • Safe:​ Private, secure platform

Program breakdown

Aligns with History/Social Studies, English, Science, Health courses

Course modules:

  1. #EverydayQuaranteen: Teens explore and share stories about an aspect of their daily routine during the COVID-19 pandemic that is different from their life before this global health crisis.
  2. #EverydayLocalCommunity: Teens explore and share stories about their community’s response to COVID-19.
  3. EverydayGlobalOutbreak: Teens explore and tell two stories based on the decision of one person – one that shows how a person’s behavior may contribute to the global spread of COVID-19 and one that shows how different behaviors can help to stop the spread.
  4. #EverydayAction: Teens plan for local action that can achieve positive global impact.

Learning objectives:

  1. Learn how young people around the world are altering their daily routines
  2. Share the changes to their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. Learn how communities and officials all over the world have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic
  4. Learn how each community’s response impacts the global reality of the COVID-19 pandemic
  5. Understand how each person’s actions can impact the spread of the coronavirus
  6. Learn how their actions can impact their local communities and make long-lasting change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Course components:

  1. Mini-lessons
  2. Video content
  3. Learning checks
  4. Audio narration
  5. Youth narration
  6. Story Share assignments
  7. Global repository of stories

This course aligns to:

  • Asia Society Global Competencies
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Casel Social & Emotional Learning
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals

Student to World encouraged my students to write more

A student of mine always writes funny stories, when she started the Art in Action program she realized that a lot of other writers have the same style she has. This encouraged her to write more. The program also helped her with increasing her vocabulary

Stories used as an opportunity to raise

I really liked how [global peers] used their stories as an opportunity to raise awareness for an issue they are passionate about. [One student] talked about how he was able to overcome bullying, which really inspired [me]. [Another student] talked about the cruel oppression of Muslims in Burma, which really convinced me to include awareness in my story.

An opportunity to see something beyond
the world where they live

The thing that I most enjoy in implementing [the program] with high school students is the opportunity for them to see something beyond the world where they live…

Why Storytelling?

“Everything – faith, science, love – needs a story for people to find it plausible.”

-Adam Gopnick, The New Yorker.

In order for youth to find each other’s lives plausible, Student to World leverages the power of storytelling. Rather than have global youth share opinions and information about themselves with one another, we engage them in sharing stories with one another.

The stories are often brief, yet impactful, revealing deep truths through small moments, bringing social issues to life through day-to-day realities a deep-rooted global issue.

The power of storytelling for enduring learning–in which students retain the information they learn beyond the classroom and course is well established in research literature in the fields of communication, cultural studies and neuroscience. The brain reacts to stories based on triggers to the neurons that evoke empathy. Stories help students connect across great distance and difference.

Standards Alignment

Aligns with History/Social Studies, English, Science, Health courses

Investigate the world
Recognize perspectives
Communicate ideas
Take Action
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Creativity and Innovation
Information Literacy
Media Literacy
Technology Literacy
Flexibility and Adaptability
Initiative and Self-Direction
Productivity and Accountability
Leadership and Responsibility
Self Awareness
Self Management
Responsible Decision Making
Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 3:
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all
Goal 4:
Quality Education
Goal 8:
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 10:
Reduced Inequalities
Goal 16:
Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Goal 17:
Helping governments and stakeholders make the SDGs
a reality

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