Peyton Klein

Immigrant Rights & Inclusivity

A high school student in Pittsburgh, Pa., Peyton is founder of the Global Minds Initiative – a for-youth, by-youth organization that combats cultural intolerance and discrimination in schools internationally. It is now in 25 schools in two countries, and impacts 2,600 students.

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“Our generation is in search of community. We are striving for creative human connection and finding meaning at the intersection of our unique experiences.”

Global Minds is a for-youth by-youth organization that inspires students to form social bonds, intercultural friendships, and to consider global issues through youth led extracurricular activities.


Movie: About Time

Music: Mt. Joy


English / Hebrew / Spanish

Active In

For Good PGH – Member

We Are Family Foundation’s Three Dot Dash – 2019 Global Leader


Check out this video about Peyton’s work creating a two-way stream of inclusion and cultural understanding.

In the News

Teen Vogue

A 15-Year-Old Started a Program to Build Friendships With Immigrant and Refugee Students at School


Creating a two-way stream of inclusion and cultural understanding


Practitioner of Human-Centered Design from Luma Institute, 2020

Coca-Cola Scholar, 2020

Bryan Cameron Impact Scholar, 2020

Bezos Scholars Program, 2019

Princeton Prize in Race Relations, 2019

Junior Woman of Achievement, 2018

Power of Children Award, 2018

Ashoka Young Changemaker, 2018

Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award, 2018

Caplan-Lieberman Scholarship, 2018

Presidential Service Award, 2018

Prudential Spirit of Community Award Distinguished Finalist, 2018

Coro Pittsburgh Martin Luther King J. Innovation Leadership Award, 2018

YWCA Racial Justice Award, 2017

Dartmouth Book Award

“There are 4.9 million English as a second language students in the United States. That makes up approximately 10% of every student body.”

Peyton gave her take on inclusive, global education at TEDxYouth@BlueSlidePark in November 2017.

“How do we make English-language learners’ experiences better and how do we capitalize off of the international community that we have?”

Peyton gave her take on inclusive, global education at TEDxYouth@BlueSlidePark in November 2017.

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