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Peyton Klein

Peyton Klein is a sophomore at Taylor Allderdice High School. As a globally competent student, Peyton has been concerned with social, political, economic and environmental challenges from an early age. Peyton is the founder of The Global Minds Initiative, a student-led movement to combat cultural intolerance and discrimination in schools internationally. The Global Minds Initiative is an after school tutoring program that bridges English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) and Native English Speaking (NES) students. It serves as an educational support system for ESL students, while exposing and educating NES students about other cultures, inspiring globally competent students, bridging the gap between the classroom and the world. Since 2016, the Global Minds Initiative has expanded into 13 school, 7 states, and 2 countries impacting over 500 students. Peyton is President of CISV Pittsburgh’s Junior Board, a Youth Advisory Committee member for Pittsburgh Cares, a member of WGF GirlGov, and is an active volunteer with PRYSE Academy, supporting summer programming for refugee students. Peyton has been recently appointed to Mayor Peduto’s Welcoming Pittsburgh Steering Committee, working on youth engagement initiatives across the city. Peyton is a TEDx speaker, the recipient of the 2017 YWCA Racial Justice Award in Youth Achievement and the Coro Innovation Leadership Award. Peyton’s work has been featured on the Today Show, Fox News, in Teen Vogue, and the New York Times.