This post was written by Chief Education Officer Vicki Phillips. Who was the last person who inspired you? And why? What qualities did they have that left an impression? Inspiration has the ability to transcend limitations—real or perceived—to explore new possibilities, drive us forward and give us hope. In my role as Chief Education Officer at the National Geographic Society, I have the great honor … Continue reading #GenGeo: Introducing our spring 2020 National Geographic Young Explorers
This post was written by 2020 Education Fellow Andrew Brennen. I was 15 when I first became interested in solving problems in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. I noticed early on that if you were poor or looked like me, you received a lower-quality education. I also realized that while my classmates and I spent hours in the classroom — thinking critically about everything from … Continue reading #GenGeo: A Community of Youth Leading the Search for Solutions Around the World
Each year, the National Geographic Society selects outstanding individuals to serve as Education Fellows who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in the education space. Our fellowship program is instrumental in accelerating the education strategy at National Geographic. Our fellows bring unique skills and expertise with a focus on innovative project development, project leadership, emerging issues, and idea incubation. The program provides an opportunity for fellows … Continue reading Meet the 2020 National Geographic Education Fellows!
Why am I blogging for National Geographic? The story starts back in 2008, when my aunt was in Africa. She wanted to bring back something for my brother, Carter, and me. So she came back with certificates letting us know we each adopted a cheetah. Carter and I both were so happy when we got them. A year after the adoptions, we had to renew … Continue reading What Does OMG Mean to You?
Over 100 world leaders, President Obama included, will converge in Copenhagen this week and next for the UN Climate Change Conference, but they are not the only ones flocking to the Danish capital. Thousands of young people from all over the world, 500+ from the United States alone, are pouring into the Bella Convention Center to make delegates take notice. They may come from every corner of the planet, but they all share the same message: Now is the time to fight climate change. Here are two awesome groups leading the charge.
Will Steger, the renowned polar explorer, educator, activist, and National Geographic Explorer in Residence Emeritus, is among the conference attendees. With him is Expedition Copenhagen, a dozen of the Midwest’s most dedicated youth, intent on spreading the word about the impacts of climate change and elevating the status of youth voices around the world on this topic. As a Midwesterner myself, I am extremely proud of these young people and their dedication to the environment!