Cherine Badawi is an accomplished experiential educator and instructional designer who has worked globally to bring people together across lines of difference and empower them to create a more socially just, thriving and peaceful world. She has designed and facilitated hundreds of transformational workshops to young people in more than a dozen countries focusing on leadership development, intercultural communication, community building and social change. Cherine was as an intrinsic member of the inaugural voyage of The Scholar Ship, a transnational floating university that brought together students and staff from more than 50 countries. Cherine served as a senior trainer for Challenge Day, an innovative social change program recently featured on the Oprah Winfrey show.

Joshua Gorman serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Youth Action Network/TakingITGlobal-US and supports youth-led projects around the world. He co-founded Global Passageways, a network of individuals and organizations working in the fields of youth & community development, contemporary rites of passage, intergenerational mentoring & collaboration, and cultural renewal. He is a lifelong student of human development and transformational education with a focus on providing young people the experiences, knowledge, and skills they need to thrive in the twenty-first century.


The Generation Waking Up Experience

A global campaign to ignite a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, sustainable world. Co -facilitated by Cherine Badawi and Joshua Gorman, the WakeUp strives to: Awaken in young people a clear sense of who we are as a generation, an understanding of the urgent global challenges and opportunities we face, and a calling to take action. Empower young people with the training, mentoring, and support needed to thrive as global citizens, leaders, and change agents in the 21st century. Mobilize young people locally and globally across issues, geography, and all lines of difference, unleashing the collaborative power of our generation.

Whether it be social entrepreneurship ventures, community service projects, or hard-hitting advocacy campaigns, the WakeUp has inspired collaborative action by young people around the globe. Since its launch in 2010, young people have brought the WakeUp to at least 12 countries including the United States, China, Mexico, India, Kenya, Australia, Egypt, Germany, and Brazil. Thousands have experienced it and over 150 are now trained as WakeUp Facilitators.

Through music, powerful videos, dynamic group processes, and active conversations, participants explore the critical questions facing society today:

1. Who Are We as a generation coming of age in these times?

2. Where Are We as a global society around key challenges of environmental sustainability, social justice, and human thriving?

3. What Has To Change in the way we see ourselves, each other, and our world, if we want to create a world that works for all?

4. What Do We Do Now, given all this? What is our unique role in creating a better world, as individuals and as a generation?

Participants find a new sense of identity and purpose, as members of a generation and a movement that can transform our world.

“Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom. “- Nelson Mandela