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Participate Learning Named Top Impact Company by Real Leaders Magazine

Recognition highlights Chapel Hill-based education company’s commitment to making the world a better place through K-12 global education   

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Participate Learning, a leader in providing global education opportunities to K-12 schools, has been named a Top Impact Company by Real Leaders magazine for the sixth consecutive year. The company is ranked No. 61 overall (up from No. 143 last year) and No. 3 in the Social Enterprise and Education category.  

The awards — which received more than 500 applications from 15+ countries — asked 30 questions within six categories of I.M.P.A.C.T (Intention, Model, People, Accountability, Collaboration and Transformation) to vet and rank privately owned companies based on those parameters. 

Using this criteria, the 2024 list recognizes 300 companies that are “driving a dynamic segment of the economy, bearing a new vision of capitalism that demonstrates every transaction is an opportunity for growth and a better world.” 

“We are deeply committed to our mission of uniting our world through global learning, our common humanity and being change makers who make the world a better place,” David Young, CEO of Participate Learning, said. “This recognition highlights the positive impact of our partnerships with K-12 schools on students, teachers and communities in North Carolina and beyond.”

The 2024 list features a mix of respected impact brands of all sizes and from a variety of industries with companies such as Brandless, Generate Capital, Cotopaxi and Every Man Jack. The complete list can be found here.

This award comes on the heels of other recognitions for Participate Learning, including being named to the MO 100 Top Impact CEO and the B Corp Best for the World lists.

At Participate Learning, we strive to create global, cultural, and language connections that empower students and educators to positively impact the world. In service to that mission, we’ve been partnering with schools and districts since 1987 to improve student outcomes, bring diverse perspectives to schools through cultural exchange and our Ambassador Teachers program, build Spanish and Mandarin Dual Language Programs that support academic achievement, bilingualism, and biliteracy, and integrate a Global Leaders framework that prepares students for a modern workforce and a more interconnected world. Together, we can create a better future for students.

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