Founded by William L. Breese, the Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International Understanding has been helping young people in the United States learn about global issues since 1966. Fifty years later, knowledge of peoples, economies, languages and international affairs has become a necessity for every child in every community in the U.S. Eliminating global poverty, solving conflicts, working in new markets, and addressing global health and environmental problems require international knowledge and cooperation. And in our increasingly diverse communities in the United States, knowledge of other cultures is essential to strengthening our own democracy. The skills required to prepare citizens for the global age must go beyond the “the basics” and even beyond the growing emphasis on STEM skills. Today's students need opportunities to gain broad and deep global knowledge and the language and intercultural skills to engage effectively with people around the corner and around the world.