Welcome to The Global Institute of Lansing

Child Care Volunteers Needed!

Do you love working with kids? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity?  We are still looking for volunteers to help in our child care program.  Hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 2pm (volunteer shifts are 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, or 10am-2pm).  Our child care is open during the traditional school year and will be closed for Winter Break, Spring Break, etc.  If you’re interested or would like more information, please call 517-488-5342.

Annual Board Meeting is on Thurs., Jan. 9, 2020 at 5:00pm

GIL's Annual Meeting & election of Board Officers and Directors is on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 5:00pm in the GIL classroom.  The calendar of meeting dates for 2020  will be approved at this meeting.  This meeting is open to the public.

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About Us


Our Mission


The mission of The Global Institute of Lansing (GIL) is to provide educational services to adult refugees that enable them to earn a high school diploma in an atmosphere of peace, respect, encouragement, and inspiration. 


Dedicated to Education

The Global Institute of Lansing is a non-profit organization that aims to provide adult refugees settled in the Lansing area educational assistance and the means to attain a high school diploma in an atmosphere of peace, respect, encouragement, and inspiration. 

At GIL, we believe that refugees are invaluable members of our community, and as such, deserve an accessible, quality education. We aim to build a stronger, more inclusive community through engaging those most in need of assistance and providing them a greater degree of self-sufficiency and economic opportunity through education. 


The Issue and Our Solution

It is estimated that between 700-800 refugees are resettled in the Lansing area each year.  Many of these refugees come to Lansing in their late teenage years and are often unable to complete the credits needed to graduate high school with a diploma.  This is a typical occurrence for young refugees, regardless of educational history or English language fluency (although these are additional challenges for many refugees). 

Failing to engage these refugees with the support they need to obtain a diploma has inhibited the contributive potential of the refugee community within Lansing, and thus, if not properly addressed, is certain to have a severe and sustained negative impact on the struggling Lansing economy.

GIL is the only organization of its kind in the Lansing area, and the only viable access these students have to obtain diplomas.  Although some GED programs exist, GED tests tend to be insurmountable for English Language Learners (ELL).  The GIL solution is to provide these refugees with a supportive, educational environment where English can be practiced and learned while other academic subject areas are mastered.  

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The Global Institute of Lansing

510 W. Ottawa St, Lansing, MI 48933, US

(517) 488-5342

Hours (during the school year)

Monday 10:00am - 2:00pm

Monday 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Tuesday 10:00am - 2:00pm

Tuesday 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Wednesday 10:00am - 2:00pm

Thursday 10:00am - 2:00pm

Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed