Student Global Awareness Day

The Mission of Student Global Awareness (SGA) is to:

  • Promote a better understanding among the students in Grand Rapids Public Schools on how the global economy affects their daily life and future quality of life.
  • Create greater awareness of the international opportunities and resources available to help students prepare for success in life.
  • Student Global Awareness Day was created by World Trade Week West Michigan and has been part of its festivities since 2005 touching over 1,400 students within GRPS.

Sponsors of Student Global Awareness Day are:

Comerica Bank
RoMan Manufacturing
Supply Chain Solutions
Junior Achievement
Dean Transportation
World Trade Week West Michigan


The 2016 SGA program is working with Westwood Middle School 6th graders under teacher Sarah Goldner who brings a contagious excitement for the SGA program to her five classes (125 students). The connection with Westwood started when World Trade Week partnered with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation to identify and support the innovative and newly developed "Challenge Scholar Program."