In 2015, countries of the United Nations set the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) “to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.” AFS-USA supports the Global Goals and we’re focusing more of our programs on them to amplify, and encourage action toward, their ambitious vision for a sustainable, peaceful world.

To learn more and make a difference, in your own community or abroad, explore the resources below and apply for our Project: Change Scholarship, merit-based awards that emphasize sustainable development and changemaking on our short summer Global Prep programs.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Choose a goal to learn more about the underlying issues, specific objectives, and AFS programs that address them.

Resources For Students

Resources for Educators

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Become a changemaker abroad. Apply for the Project: Change Scholarship!

Our Project: Change scholarship invites U.S. high school students to write an international development project proposal that works toward at least one of the Global Goals in relevant AFS Global Prep countries. Past winners have learned about water safety in Ghana, sanitation in India, and cultural preservation in Russia. Apply for this scholarship to go abroad on a Global Prep program that focuses on the changes you’re passionate about making in the world. You’ll come home with a deeper understanding of sustainable development and changemaking tools you can use in your community and throughout life.

Learn more about Project: Change