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W.E.B. DuBois Academy

WE DuBois School EducatorsIn 2018-2019, a generous grant from CE&S helped foster a partnership with W.E.B. DuBois Academy and the Muhammad Ali Center.  The Ali Center’s Education Team will spend one week each month at the DuBois school to implement the “Creating Our Futures” Character Education Program with the entire 6th grade body.   In addition, the students will complete service projects, and will have the opportunity to participate in We Day Kentucky.  The program will culminate with a fieldtrip to the Muhammad Ali Center.





WE Day

John Leshney (Ali Center) and Rasheda Ali at WE Day Ottawa in Nov. 2017

WE Day is the manifestation of the WE movement, an ocean of people coming together to create impact. Standing in a stadium full of change-makers will reaffirm your belief that a better world is possible.

WE Day brings world-renowned speakers and A-list performers together with tens of thousands of young people to celebrate their contributions and kick-start another year of inspiration.

Beginning as a single event nearly ten years ago, WE Day has evolved into a series of 19 stadium-sized events held across the United States, Canada, the UK and the Caribbean. This past year, 200,000 students attended WE Day and left inspired to create change both locally and globally. WE Movement founder, Craig Kielburger was a Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Six Core Principle Award recipient in 2013.


A Unique Afterschool “Discover Your Superpower” Program for At-Risk Students

Louisville’s future SUPERHEROES!

Since 2016, The Global Game Changers (GGC) and the Muhammad Ali Center have collaborated to facilitate the GGC In-Residence Expanded Learning Afterschool Program that empowers youth with tools for a successful life. With philanthropy at its core, this program specifically targets at-risk students from west Louisville to promote service-learning, leadership, and character development. During the academic year, elementary school students attend this program four days a week, engage in the GGC curriculum, visit the Muhammad Ali Center’s many exhibits, hear from culturally relevant speakers, and enjoy a fresh nutritious family hot dinner thanks to a Dare to Care Kids Café.

Global Game Changers developed an evidence-based, innovative Superhero-themed curriculum that intertwines social-emotional competencies with academic learning to develop the whole-child. During the program, students discover their inner superpower to IGNITE GOOD!® using the GGC equation - MY TALENT + MY HEART = MY SUPERPOWER®- to complete their own individualized service-project that engages them with their community. GGC and the Muhammad Ali Center’s goal is to dismantle the 6,000-hour “enrichment gap” that many of these students face by the time they reach 6th grade. This gap derives from uncontrollable barriers that include inequalities in afterschool programs, summer camps, preschool education, extracurriculars, and parent interaction.

In May 2019, the Muhammad Ali Center hosted Global Game Changers In-Residence Graduation Ceremony, where over 100 students from three JCPS Elementary Schools celebrated their accomplishments with their friends, family, and school. JCPS School Superintendent, Dr. Marty Pollio was the keynote speaker.

Link to GGC Graduation video:

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In Collaboration with Greater Clark County Schools

In 2013-2014, the Armstrong Gift for High Ability Education, an eBay Grant, and Your Community Bank donation were used to bring together a joint venture between Greater Clark County Schools and the Muhammad Ali Center  to create a “Leadership Academy” for 5th- and 6th-grade highly able  students, utilizing the Center’s Character Education program, “Creating Our Futures.” The outcomes of this initial partnership were so successful that in 2014-2015, GCCS expanded our partnership to three grade levels including 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. As such, in October 2014, the Education Team was thrilled to head back into the GCCS middles schools. Over four, very full days, our three Education staff conducted 20 middle school classes reaching over 500 students. In addition, our staff trained a coalition of retired teachers who implemented the “Respect” curriculum in elementary classes throughout the school year. For 2015-2016, MAC programming will take place with 6th-grade advanced ELA classes in November and again in the spring.

For more information visit the GCCS website, and click the image below to watch the video!



kindergarten countdownKindergarten Countdown is a partnership between Metro United Way, Louisville Metro, LFPL, JCPS, and PNC Bank with support from cultural and educational institutions throughout the county. The goal of Kindergarten Countdown is to support children’s transitions into kindergarten.



The Muhammad Ali Center, in collaboration with Louisville TKO Boxing Gym will pilot a 4 week, cohort based initiative known as “Champions Aren’t Made In Gyms”. This program will work with young, at-risk, teenage athletes to not only hone their gifts in the ring, but to provide them the tools to for a successful future in their communities. It is the hope of the program to make these young scholar-athletes ambassadors of The Champs’ message of justice, humanitarianism and global citizenship.

For more information or to volunteer with this program, please contact Darryl Young,

Generation WOW

On October 15, 2018 the Muhammad Ali Center partnered with Donna Orender (2017 Daughter of Greatness) and Generation W to introduce Generation WOW, a girls mentoring program, to Louisville. Through this powerful partnership, the Muhammad Ali Center empowered 400 JCPS teenagers and 200 professional women through a comprehensive leadership and mentorship program.

What is Generation WOW?

Generation WOW exposes girls to the positive and the possible and is about creating opportunities that help build the future leaders of the world by connecting them to the leaders of today. Focused on lessons and activities from the book, WOWsdom! The Girls Guide to the Positive and the Possible, girls learn ways to build self-confidence, cultivate independence, healthy living, leadership, service and mentorship, the goal of Generation WOW is to provide a trusted and inspiring experience that will forge relationships, inspire dreams, and deliver results that enhance lives. A relationship with Generation WOW is a visible and demonstrable statement in the belief that unlocking the potential of our youth, particularly young women, is to our collective betterment.

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