Promoting human rights by encouraging youth towards globally and socially conscious behaviors


Warm welcome to our new website!

This school year, 2014-2015, Global Issues Leadership Development (GILD) is celebrating its 5th Anniversary! We are thrilled that we have made it this far.

Our work would not be possible without all of the support we receive. We are grateful to our current and past Board members. Their passion, energy and commitment keep us moving. We are grateful to teachers who serve as club sponsors. They are generous with their time, talent and skills.

To our students, your curiosity and moral compass are our guiding star. We promise to continue to be here to support, guide, and encourage you on your journey to discover the world.


Nadège Uwase
Founder & Executive Director

The GILD Blog

Turning Passions into Action

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By Margaret Vatterott Kelsey Saragnese, alumna of Rock Bridge High School and the University of Missouri, used to think about her passion for gender equality issues as just a hobby. Now, she dedicates her life to these issues. Saragnese was a member of the Global  Learn More »

Empowering Underserved Students


By Margaret Vatterott Global Issues Club alumna, Morgan Buscher, immersed herself in the organization of a culture that is totally different from her own and now aspires to teach her future students that everyone can succeed, regardless of their backgrounds. Buscher was a student at  Learn More »

Rock Bridge: New School Year, New Issue

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By Margaret Vatterott Rock Bridge High School’s Global Issues Club is finally getting in the swing of things for this year. The topic the students are focusing on this year is refugees. This is an issue very close to one of the group leaders’ hearts.  Learn More »

Global Issues Alumna Connects Art and Social Justice


by Margaret Vatterott Membership in the Global Issues Club not only teaches high school students about important issues occurring around the world, but also shows them how they can use their unique skills to make a difference. Sarah Brennan, a graduate of Rock Bridge High  Learn More »