Global Visionaries is a staff and youth-led organization that challenges and empowers young people to become socially and environmentally conscious global leaders. Through Global Visionaries’ unique three part learn-participate-lead approach, its participants are motivated and prepared to maximize their potential. Formed in 1995, Global Visionaries is a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington and welcomes participants from across the U.S.
Global Visionaries — youth enter as learners, and leave as leaders.
In 1992 two teachers, Joe and Chris Fontana, along with their students, set out to bring the youth of the world together in support of the environment, justice and peace, and created “YES”, youth-organized Global Youth Environmental Summits, in 1993 and 1995. The 1995 Summit, sponsored by the United Nations Environment Program, brought together more than 300 high school students from 32 countries and 40 states for one week of participatory education in environmental and peace issues, social action and leadership skills, and direct environmental service.