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youth & Education

Engaging youth, including foreign-born and LEP communities, and educational institutions to promote foreign language acquisition, cultural competency building, and equitable access to career development opportunities.

Atlanta's global education profile

Metro Atlanta is home to a vibrant, well-educated workforce with one-third of Atlantans holding a college degree. With numerous International Baccalaureate programs and more than 60 dual immersion programs across the state, primary and secondary schools develop globally competent graduates to support our economy. Metro Atlanta is also home to more than 60 colleges and universities that host more than 25,000 international students each year.  

The Mayor’s Office of International & Immigrant Affairs supports opportunities for international education and youth engagement by working with Atlanta-based academic institutions and international partners to support programming that develops global competencies and 21st-century skills in an increasingly global economy. Through these programs, we aspire to demonstrate the value of international engagement, so students are better prepared to address local, regional, and global challenges and opportunities in today’s interconnected world.


Student Engagement

Promoting cultural competency, language acquisition, and international career advancements to equip students with career readiness skills in order to navigate an interconnected global workforce.  

workforce development

Participating in a variety of programs and initiatives that connect key stakeholders from the public and private sectors to foster dialogue around the importance of language education and global competency. Through these efforts, our goal is to promote student achievement and build the talent pipeline to support regional economic growth.   


welcoming Delegations

Hosting international students and education leaders in an effort to exchange best practices in workforce development, education technology, post-secondary and technical education, skills training, and more. 

Atlanta Celebrates International Youth Day | UN75 | Youth 2030



The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of International & Immigrant Affairs - Welcoming Atlanta is committed to recognizing and highlighting the work and passion of the many young people who are leading movements, innovating and driving change to achieve a sustainable and peaceful world. In partnership with the Atlanta Global Studies Center, RCE Greater Atlanta, and the United Nations Association of Atlanta, we celebrate International Youth Day, Youth 2030, UN75, and all initiatives that provide an outlet for young leaders to mobilize and inspire action to improve their communities and realize their goals. Empowering youth by recognizing their voice and investing in the innovative solutions they create is the path forward for truly building a more sustainable, inclusive, and peaceful society.


This video campaign, themed "The Future We Want", recorded young people explaining what sustainable development means to them, their social and political aspirations, and what they desire for their future.

We would like to extend a special thank you to the following schools for participating:

Atlanta International School Collins Hill High School Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia State University Kennesaw State University North Atlanta High School Northwestern Middle School

Ridgeview Charter Middle School The George Washington University in D.C. The Westminster Schools


Interested in learning more? Contact us!

Paulina Guzman

Interim Director

Peter Pimentel

Community Empowerment Manager

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