Global Student Embassy (GSE) was founded by brothers Lucas and Jasper Oshun in 2008 in Sebastopol to inspire young people to become environmental stewards, social innovators, and community leaders. In collaboration with international peers, students generate and implement powerful community-based solutions to shared ecological concerns.
GSE offers a comprehensive program of cultural exchange and project-based learning rooted in solving urgent ecological problems while building sustainable local and international communities. Across Northern California (Sonoma, Marin, Contra Costa & Santa Cruz), Ecuador and Nicaragua, GSE works with over 2,500 high school, university and middle school students as well as the educators and communities supporting their schools.
Organic school gardens and nature preserves serve as outdoor classrooms to develop students’ environmental literacy and project management skills. Through inquiry-based workshops, students gain an understanding of complex issues related to environmental justice, preservation/restoration, and sustainable agriculture as they relate to the local and global communities.
GSE’s annual reciprocal exchanges between the US and Latin America bring together young leaders to build relationships and represent their year round leadership programs. Our programs powerfully connect youth from different cultures to share values, strategies, and skills as they partner on local projects. Through collaboration students inspire one another by seeing that there are many other motivated young changemakers across the globe.
GSE programs catalyze individuals to become social entrepreneurs, grow the network of champions for environmental and social justice, and take action to restore our eco-systems.