Welcome to our newest blog series, "GGF Alumni - Where Are They Now?" Below we reintroduce you to Sara Portler LaHayne, Founder and CEO of Move This World, and tell the story of her exponential impact following her 2014 Global Good Fund Fellowship.
At the age of 15, Global Good Fund Alumni, Sara Potler LaHayne, nearly dropped out of school to pursue a career as a professional dancer. But, life had something bigger in store for Sara. Today Sara is the Founder and CEO of Move This World, an educational program dedicated to creating safe and supportive learning environments across the globe.
Sara was a Fulbright Scholar in Bogota, Colombia when the original Move This World curriculum was born. After seeing how inspired third grade students were through their laughter and movement, she implemented the use of music and dance to inspire important social, emotional and civic skills being taught through textbooks.
Move This World programs have a solid grounding in research and are measured and evaluated through a data driven approach. The results speak for themselves:
- - Move This World partner schools reported a 60% decrease in suspensions and 37% decrease in incidents of conflicts
- - A 20% increase in teachers teaching their students strategies for coping with stress and frustration
- - In our high school students, a 40% increase in identifying civic responsibility to improve the world
We had the chance to catch up with Sara, and take a deeper dive into the creative, inspiring mind of a brilliant social entrepreneur. Follow along this summer as we continue to share the untold stories from our global Alumni network.
Q: You just met your 20-year-old self. What do you wish they knew?
A: What you study in school is far less important than the world experiences you will create and the relationships you will cultivate.
Q: What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you since your Fellowship?
A: Transitioning Move This World to a software as a service model, and being about to give birth to our first child.
Q: You have $40, 4 hours and no responsibilities. What do you do?
A: Take a dance class at Alvin Ailey and then walk along the Hudson and end by reading a book in the grass.
Q: What do you do before a big meeting?
A: Research the person’s background, understand what the person I’m meeting with hopes to achieve and put myself in their shoes.
Q: If GGF could make an introduction to ANY (alive) person, who would it be?
A: The Dalai Lama