GYMI has thrived because we have a fantastic team of volunteers and leaders.


Global Youth Mentorship Initiative (GYMI) is a 501c3 nonprofit public charity. We were first established in 2013 at Columbia University in New York but our members come from colleges around the U.S and all over the world.

GYMI was a winner at the Social Venture Challenge hosted by the Resolution Project in 2013 and was rewarded with funds and long-term support. We have since gained media attention in China and the U.S


Our goal through the Global Youth Mentorship Initiative is to supplement this traditional education with unconventional mentoring sessions. Volunteers will act as mentors to students, teaching them skills related to technology and the arts that would foster both pragmatic and creative talent.

Through this program, we ultimately hope GYMI can empower underprivileged young students through a meaningful reciprocal relationship to dream big and explore the outside world. We truly hope that our mission and program will become part of the revolutionary movement to begin to address educational inequity.

Our Progress

GYMI has now completed THREE successful summers of programming! We have held 13 sessions in 5 different Chinese provinces.

A big thanks to all of the mentors and coordinators for their hard work that made it possible!

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Leadership Team

Christine Wang

Co-founder and Co-president

Shermin Luo

Co-founder and Co-president

Yun Qu

VP of Operations

Yilin Wei

VP of Education and Curriculum

Shanting Chen

VP of Impact Evaluation

Ning Lu

VP of Finance

Keying (Claire) Que

VP of Human Resources

Yuqing Zhang

VP of Marketing

Qiaoqiao Dong

China Representative

Poppy Tian

Lead of Girls Empowerment Program

Kelin Li

Fundraising Lead


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Zhejiang University

ZJU chapter is responsible for all the actives in Zhejiang area. Currently, they are recruiting volunteer mentors for the Quzhou Summer Project and as well as reaching out to find sponsors and organizationations for partnership.

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Nanjing Normal University

NNU chapter recruits volunteers with professional education background. It is responsible for all the activities in Nanjing area.


The Resolution Project

The mission of the Resolution Project is to develop socially-responsible young leaders and empower them to make a positive impact today and to create a generation of leaders with a lifelong commitment to social responsibility.

Pandeagle Cultural Institute

Pandeagle Cultural Institute is based in Florida and is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding of Chinese culture in communities.

Global Young Voices

Global Young Voices is a worldwide media outlet with a wide reach of over 190 countries alongside collaborations with organisations such as the UN Youth, the UN Academic Impact and the European Youth Forum. They are excited to be partnering with FAF for the first time at the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations.