What is a Global Citizen?

As a teacher I always knew that the most powerful learning that happened in the classroom was rarely when I was doing the teaching. The most powerful learning came from students teaching each other, inspiring one another, pushing and motivating one another. I was reminded of this peer to peer power when 35 moms (and a few dads) and tweens came together at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner for the first ever Moms+Tweens+SocialGood Plus Social Good event to talk about social good, technology and global citizenship.

Grow Global Citizens | LiveDoGrow

It did not take long for the group to realize that the power and impact of the morning was going to come from within. Sure, there were resources and tips that were shared….

Thoughts like how to find a cause or organization when there are so many different choices that all seem to need our attention.

how to find a cause for social good | LiveDoGrow

Thoughts on how to engage with your member of Congress.

six steps to congress for social good | LiveDoGrow

But the real impact and inspiration came from the conversations about what it means to be a global citizen and what social good really is. The real impact came when tweens took the stage to talk as individuals or as part of a panel to share their experiences with social good.

The real impact came when the group was challenged to come up with a common definition and understanding the themes quickly became apparent.

Social good involves voices. It involves envisioning a goal to make an impact and getting started instead of over thinking it.

what is social good and global citizenship | LiveDoGrow

What is a global citizen | LiveDoGrow

Being a global citizen means thinking about others instead of yourself. It means learning from everyone and everything around us.

what is social good | LiveDoGrow

The power of the morning came from the fact that sitting around the u-shaped tables were not moms and tweens that exist in isolation. The power came from the fact that for this discussion we were all partners. Our interdependence reminded us of why global citizenship is important in the 21st century as life becomes more and more connected. Adults were inspired by tweens and tweens were inspired by adults. We left empowered, because of the collective discussion of each voice.

The conversation about how to grow global citizens is just beginning. Philanthrotweens and teens are our future, but we our their models.

Want to learn more?

Explore the presentation from the morning (it includes some of the embedded videos).


We are only just beginning….are you ready?

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HUGE thanks to: Hilton McLean Tysons Corner for providing a beautiful space to meet, DK Eyewitness Travel & Rough Guides for providing travel books for attendees, Shootie Girl for providing shirts as giveaway items, the United Nations Foundationย and Plus Social Good for their support and Club Penguin for providing 6 month memberships for the tweens.

Written by Elena Sonnino

Elena Sonnino

Freelance Writer, Digital Media Strategist, Runner, Cancer Survivor and Chaser of Dreams. Elena writes about finding everyday wellness in far off lands, at home in the Washington D.C. suburbs and everywhere in between.



  1. This is fabulous! My kids are three years old but I still want them to learn/think about these topics. It’s something we all need to be more aware of. Thanks for sharing!

  2. IM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS as Ive stalked you on facebook this whole, creation time :0)


  3. I LOVE this idea!! You are so amazing! :)

  4. Love this, thanks for sharing. What a great lesson.

  5. I’m raising my kids as global citizens. we haven’t reached the point of volunteering yet, I think they are a bit young, but it’s definitely what we will be doing in the next several years.

    For now, traveling and immersing ourselves with the kids in different cultures is the most important aspect.

    And always to be a good person!

  6. Very inspiring! Hopefully I will raise a global citizen — right now, I am just trying to raise a potty-trained citizen!

  7. I’m hoping to raise a global citizen and it’s awesome that you had this experience.

  8. This is awesome – will take many points to heart as we venture toward tween-i-ness… (yikes!) ๐Ÿ˜‰



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