Global Citizen Certificate

New for 2020, the Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) now offers a Global Citizen Certificate to recognize high school students demonstrating a high dedication to the values of the global citizen. Completing CIR’s global education activities will foster global competence by introducing students to essential global topics, strengthening their critical analysis, teamwork, and news literacy skills.

Interested students must be in middle school or high school. It is free to participate, but students must register in order to gain access to the Global Citizen Certificate Google Classroom, where students will submit assignments.

The Global Citizen Certificate is available from September 7, 2020 until May 31, 2021. Students must complete all assignments within the academic year to be eligible to earn a Global Citizen Certificate.

Once students have completed all requirements, they will be sent an e-Certificate to their email.

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Note: After you submit your registration, please check your spam inbox for the registration email.


The Global Citizen Certificate provides a unique opportunity for middle and high school students to add this certificate to their resumes and/or college & scholarship applications. The Global Citizen Certificate also provides students the ability to self-pace and work on the requirements for the certificate at their own pace, convenient for their school and extracurricular schedules.

Other benefits include:

  • Opportunity to network and engage with CIR members (many include former ambassadors, policymakers, government officials, think tank experts, journalists and many more!);
  • Preference for acceptance into the CIR High School Fellowship;
  • Preference for competitive CIR internships;
  • Learn about the world of international affairs!


To earn CIR’s Global Citizen Certificate, students must complete the following requirements:

  • Attend 3 Young Global Citizen meetings & provide a 200-250-word reflection of each meeting;
  • Complete all four (4) NextGenNews news literacy modules and submit each module’s corresponding assignments;
  • Participate in one (1) digital NextGenSim policy simulation (either NextGenSim 2020 or NextGenSim 2021);
  • Attend one (1) CIR Community Livestream and provide a 200-250-word reflection of the livestream;
  • Attend three (3) Journalism under Fire sessions and provide a 200-250-word reflection of each session;
  • Complete three (3) Foreign Language module and submit the corresponding language activities.
  • Capstone Project;
  • End-of-Certificate feedback evaluation.

Capstone Project

Propose a creative project you will pursue as your capstone project. CIR must approve your proposal BEFORE you are eligible to receive credit for your project. You may begin your capstone project at any point during the academic year, however, your project must be completed AFTER your proposal is approved by CIR and you are not eligible to receive credit for past-projects.


  • Media campaign outlined in CIR’s NextGenNews;
  • Internship or volunteer work (cannot be completed at CIR) (20 hours and a 1-page, single-spaced 12-point Calibri font, reflection on your experiences);
  • Design a new language module for CIR’s foreign language exercises (cannot be a language already covered by CIR. For example, we will not accept Arabic, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, or Swahili.);
  • A 5-page research project on a topic of your choice (paper must be approved by CIR!).


  • All capstones require a 250-words-or-less proposal that must be approved by CIR and includes all appropriate signatures (ex: coordinator at your volunteer or service-learning placement);
  • Students cannot “double-dip” and earn credit for a service-learning project they complete for credit from their schools or other organizations.

Register Here

Register Here

Note: After you submit your registration, please check your spam inbox for the registration email.