Wells Fargo Global Impact Challenge


We are looking for 20 educators that serve middle and high school students from across the United States to participate in the 2018 Global Impact Challenge, a diversity and inclusion competition designed to spark the best ideas from students for building a world free of barriers, stereotypes and discrimination. Our goal is to equip teachers with the necessary tools to help students dream big and break down barriers through the Global Impact Challenge.

Last year’s challenge was a huge success (see video and teams listed below) and now we are looking for the next cohort of educators to participate in this important and exciting opportunity.

  • “The students are serious about the viability of their project proposals. It’s amazing how a
    group of kids can bring an idea to life. Their enthusiasm and confidence inspire me. They will do so much good in their lives.”

    Nadia Goodvin - Educator & 2017 Global Impact Challenge Winner

Application Process

• Application deadline is now closed. Fill out the short application form by clicking the button below. The application questions are designed to help us get a better understanding of you as an educator, and your hopes for participating in this program.

• If accepted, you’ll join 19 other educators from around the US at the 2018 No Barriers Educator Training in Fort Collins, Colorado from June 25-27, 2018. There you will get to experience the No Barriers Life and learn about the program curriculum. All travel expenses including lodging, airfare, ground transportation, and meals will be covered.

• In Fall 2018, you will recruit a diverse teams of students with and without disabilities, and as a team, will follow an online curriculum designed to foster creativity and develop projects to address local diversity and inclusion issues.

• In February 2019, your youth team will “pitch” their solutions by submitting a project proposal to a volunteer selection committee made up of subject-matter experts, business experts and start-up specialists for evaluation and feedback.

• Finalist groups will be awarded prize money (up to $5,000) in the Spring of 2019, to launch their ideas in their local communities, and may get a chance to attend the 2019 No Barriers Summit in Lake Tahoe, California!

2017 Global Impact Challenge winning teams

  • “Wells Fargo is thrilled to help develop and implement the inaugural Global Impact Challenge. The teachers and students developed many creative project proposals that focused on diversity and inclusion. We sincerely hope that all of the teams turn their proposals into reality, helping make the world a more inclusive place.”

    Kathy Martinez - Head of Disability and Accessibility Strategy at Wells Fargo
This Latina Is Using Her Own Lived Experience With Blindness To Bring About Change In The Workforce
Wells Fargo Leadership in Disability and Inclusion
Wells Fargo Head of Disability and Accessibility Strategy Kathy Martinez was just featured in FORBES — including a great picture of her presenting to 2017 Global Impact Challenge educators! This Latina Is Using Her Own Lived Experience With Blindness To Bring About Change In The Workforce.

2017 Global Impact Challenge

Two first-place teams received $5,000 to help them implement their projects:

• Grady High School, Atlanta, included six students led by teacher Nadia Goodvin. The team
 developed a working organization to address the lack of local sensory-friendly theaters, films
 and other recreational events in Atlanta for people with sensory processing disorders and
 related conditions.

• Hill Country Middle School, Austin, Texas, included six students led by teacher Sylvia 
Troxell. The team proposed a project to create a fun, interactive educational campaign
 about hidden disabilities to help ensure that all students welcomed, understood and 
encouraged to participate to the best of their abilities.

The two first-place teams also received invitations — including airfare, accommodations and meals — to the 2018 No Barriers Summit Oct. 5–6 in New York City. The No Barriers Summit is a premiere immersive event that brings together people of all backgrounds and abilities who are transcending barriers to unleash their fullest potential and live a life of purpose.

One runner-up team received $2,000 to help it implement its project:

• Century High School, Rochester, Minn., included five students led by teacher Michael
 Eckerman. The team proposed a social storytelling platform for students to share personal 
stories of hardships and barriers, with the goal of creating a sense of unity by highlighting 
the differences of others and the difficulties they face.

2017 Global Impact Challenge participating teams

Congratulations to the following schools, organizations and educators that completed and submitted project proposals as part of their participation in the Global Impact Challenge. Overall, teams participating in the Global Impact Challenge included 156 students in nine states.

  • Boys and Girls Club of Boston, team led by Charles Armstrong-Hicks
  • Hinsdale South High School, Hinsdale, Ill., team led by Raymond Baker
  • Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy, Bronx, N.Y., team led by Carolina Castro-Skehan
  • Century High School, Rochester, Minn., team led by Michael Eckerman
  • Deerpark Middle School, Austin, Teaxas; team led by Jami Fooshee
  • Grady High School, Atlanta, team led by Nadia Goodvin
  • Deforest Area High School, DeForest, Wis., team led by Briana Gustafson
  • Peachtree Middle School, Dunwoody, Ga., team led by Mary Jane Hollander
  • William J. Johnston Middle School, Colchester, Conn., team led by Jen Karcich
  • Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Chicago, team led by Caroline Liebman
  • Greensboro Day School, Greensboro, N.C., team led by Megan Mimms
  • Ridgewood High School , Norridge, Ill., team led by Daniel Rosenberg
  • Oakwood School, Greenville, N.C., team led by Keyla Thompson
  • Hill Country Middle School, Austin, Texas, team led by Sylvia Troxell

Click to view the press release about the 2017 Global Impact Challenge winning teams.

About No Barriers Youth
No Barriers Youth helps middle and high school youth develop through experiential learning, collaborative problem-solving, service learning, and field-based experiences rooted in international travel and the outdoors. Educator-focused programs include professional development, curriculum resources, and coaching.

About No Barriers USA
What barriers do you face? This question lies at the heart of our organization. Whether in our personal lives, at work, or in our communities, we all face challenges that can prevent us from reaching our full potential. At No Barriers, we believe that what’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way. No Barriers empowers people of all walks of life to overcome obstacles, live a life of purpose, and give back to the world, all through our ground-breaking curriculum, the No Barriers Life. Learn more about No Barriers at NoBarriersUSA.org.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,300 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 263,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2017 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

For more information and interviews, contact:

Jaime Donnelly
Marketing Director – No Barriers USA
(970) 484-3633 x316

Lisa Westermann
Wells Fargo
(415) 845-7759 (cell)