An NASSP Student Leadership Initiative

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When you #EngageInChange, you become part of the Global Citizenship Initiative. Whether you start small, like advocating for more recycling bins in your school, or set your sights on something bigger, such as storming Capitol Hill in support of Title IV funding, your action is the ripple in the ocean that becomes a tidal wave of change.

Are you a global citizen? Share your stories using #EngageInChange on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to inspire others to effect positive change across the nation and around the world.

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Vision: Unite student leaders to promote positive social change through personal service and direct action to create a global impact.

What Is Global Citizenship?

The Global Citizenship Initiative brings the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and its student programs—the National Honor Society (NHS), National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS), and National Student Council (NatStuCo)—together to make a difference in their schools, communities, and beyond. The term “global citizenship” promotes the idea that by working to effect change—on any scale—you become an active participant in not only your school or immediate community, but the world.


The 2018 NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee created the #EngageInChange focus to spread global citizenship while advocating for direct action within schools and communities.

From events during school lunches that promote inclusion; to forum discussions to demonstrate better communication between students and administration; to meetings with state representatives to encourage civic action and voting, #EngageInChange seeks to inspire intentional local service and positive change within a global context. For instance, inclusion, civic action, and communication are important in your school—but what would the world look like if every population placed value on those three ideals?

When you #EngageInChange, you become a global citizen.


The first Student Leadership Advisory Committee was formed during the 2016–17 school year with the goal of uniting students from NHS, NJHS, NEHS, and NatStuCo around a shared initiative. “Global Citizenship” was chosen by the inaugural class as the initial charge, with five specific areas for leadership and action: civic engagement, positive social change, equity, empathetic actions, and awareness and perspectives. Now, those areas have been refined to three strands of leadership: Engagement, Empowerment, and Equity.

Participation is not limited to schools affiliated with NHS, NJHS, NEHS, or NatStuCo. In fact, all schools and all students can get involved right away by considering projects and events that bring the entire school together to make a measurable impact.

About NASSP and Its Student Programs

The National Association of Secondary School Principals is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council.

NHS, founded in 1921, is the best-known and most respected recognition program honoring scholarship, service, leadership, and character among students in grades 10–12. NJHS, founded in 1929, honors these same values as well as citizenship among middle level students. In 2008, NASSP founded NEHS in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation to recognize scholarship, responsibility, service, and leadership among students in grades 4–6. Since 1931, NatStuCo has aimed to help middle level and high school student councils become more effective organizations by providing students with opportunities to sharpen leadership skills and influence positive school climate.