The Global Service Leaders

Meridian’s Global Service Leaders (GSL) Division motivates and connects emerging leaders from around the world to address community challenges through volunteerism. The GSL Division helps volunteer leaders strengthen their role as leaders in their community, and connects these aspiring leaders to a global community of peers and mentors. GSL also supports members in their application of best practices, helps them develop important leadership skills, and provides them the network and resources to overcome inevitable challenges. GSL has also developed a model for convening current and emerging leaders from all sectors to explore how volunteerism can be scaled to address increasingly complex social challenges. Developed and implemented in partnership with U.S. Embassies around the world, this replicable model will move around the globe to target key issues, connecting local participants with their counterparts in the U.S. and throughout the region.


What are you doing for others?

Last year's Warm Up, DC Volunteers

On January 19, Meridian’s Global Service Leaders (GSL) team will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and vision with a day of service locally in Washington, DC and around the world. Addressing Dr. King’s challenge, “What are you doing for others?”, Meridian and GSL will build upon the success of last year’s Warm Up, DC program, and collect, donate and share items to be distributed by the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring. IRC offers education, nutrition, clothing, and family support programs to newly arrived refugees and their families To achieve this goal, Meridian will be partnering with...


Springing Into Service

Meridian Intern Tessa Trach went on a service-based spring break to Huntington, WV.

Huntington, West Virginia is not a city I imagined myself visiting. But I embraced the opportunity when I traveled with the University of Maryland’s Alternative Breaks program during my spring break. The trip focused on childhood nutrition and wellness and I saw firsthand the economic disparities in West Virginia. Nutrition isn’t simply in the food choices you make. Environment and economic status contribute greatly to the issue too. It’s time to recognize the causes and start taking action. I can honestly say that I gained more from a week in West Virginia than I imagined. Immersed in the community...


Giving Thanks and Giving Back!

Giving Tuesday Unselfie
By Meg Clifford Poole: Part of what we do every day here at Meridian is provide a window to the world of the best that the U.S. has to offer, but also an insight to the challenges and realities facing leaders, their peers.  I am always struck at the end of an exchange program at how many participants comment that one of the strongest impressions they are taking home with them – regardless of their field – is the dynamic culture of philanthropy that exists here in the U.S.  Yesterday that was exemplified by the growing tradition of #Giving Tuesday. Continue