Center for Global Leadership and Service

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“For great ideas to become realities, you need three really rare and precious things: vision, people, and resources. When those come together, as they have with Taft and the city of Waterbury, something special happens. That’s the case with our Center for Global Leadership and Service.”—Headmaster Willy MacMullen ’78

The Center for Global Leadership and Service is the realization of an extraordinary vision: It is a dynamic, progressive partnership between a private school and a local community, built to grow and benefit both, while teaching students to become actively engaged and globally aware citizens and leaders. It is both forward thinking and compelling, and the embodiment of our school’s motto, Non ut sibi ministretur sed ut ministret.

The Center was established in 2013 with early support from the Edward E. Ford Foundation; additional funding from the Ion Bank and Connecticut Community Foundations has allowed the Center to grow and flourish. The Center unites Taft with the City of Waterbury, Waterbury public schools, and the Waterbury Police Activity League (PAL) in creating opportunities for students to both explore global issues and develop the skills and understanding they need to address them. Through mentorship programs, service learning opportunities, and our Global Leadership Institute, students from Taft and Waterbury public schools gain and share diverse perspectives, while becoming empowered agents of social change.


Global Leadership Institute

The Global Leadership Institute is a unique partnership between Taft and area public schools that prepares students to engage locally and globally as agents of social change.

Mentorship Programs

Taft’s mentorship programs allow students to lead by example.

Service Learning

Our service learning courses provide training in education theory, and the opportunity to put theory into practice in the community.

Global Studies and Service

Our Global Studies and Service Diploma program combines rigorous coursework with service at home and abroad.

Volunteer Program

Taft's Volunteer Program is the practical embodiment of the school motto, Not to be served but to serve.

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