WGI Worldwide, Inc. is an American international education organization that is headquartered in New York City. Through its work, WGI is teaching people in communities around the world how to read and write. WGI, in coordination with its global partners, builds and deploys a suite of literacy programs to underserved communities around the world. This results in the world’s most vulnerable people learning reading and writing skills.
WGI was founded as the Wilson Global Initiative by Chance Wilson in April 2014. Wilson, who was 14 years old at the time, had noticed a perplexing issue. A number of his peers in school were unable to read and write. Turning his imagination to action, Wilson realized this was a problem and he had to do something about it. He founded WGI with the desire to promote literacy throughout the world.
To date, WGI has operated on the ground in ten cities across three continents. WGI is supported by a number of the world’s leading corporations, including General Electric, Aston Martin, HBO, etc.
WGI is led by a talented group of men and women located in key strategic locations around the world. Our global leadership team has over a century of combined experience at the highest levels of government and business.
The story of WGI began in 2014 with a 14 year old boy and his dream of a better world. From our humble beginnings to now worldwide activities, we take pride in our history and the inspiration it gives to others.