GIV strives to be a place where every young Vermonter knows they are welcome, feels excited to attend, and is wholly supported to engage and expand their horizons.
GIV, the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont, helps Vermont create productive, empowered, and engaged young adults by reaching out to diverse learners with high-impact, world-class learning opportunities that stimulate their personal growth and expand their aspirations, perspectives, and career horizons.
What this means at GIV is… Every gender, sex, race, color, national origin, physical ability, religion, hometown, personality type, body type, socioeconomic background, political belief, cat lover, dog lover, and zombie lover is welcome at GIV (where we are all united by a passion to learn and grow).
Here at GIV we actively create a culture of learning that promotes inclusivity among our students and staff in the following areas:
GIV also prioritizes both reaching out to racial and ethnic minorities in Vermont during our recruitment season and ensuring that we are providing a welcoming environment for students and young artists from all cultures. With the generous help of the Americorps*VISTA and CEDO We All Belong programs, we have built active referral partnerships with New American communities, school diversity coordinators, and service agencies, and prioritized cultural competency training throughout all of our Institutes.
We constantly strive to make our Institutes more accessible to all Vermont students and young artists. One way we are working to achieve this goal is by partnering with the colleges and universities that host our summer Institutes to ensure that educational and recreational spaces are accessible to students with physical disabilities. We also welcome many students with emotional or developmental challenges or trauma backgrounds who are good fits for GIV’s non-therapeutic, intensive residential study environment. More information on this topic for students, parents, and Talent Scouts considering GIV is here.
In 2013, the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont completed an alumni evaluation study to quantify what lasting impacts participants would report 6-29 years after their graduations. The results were striking: 98% of respondents reported positive long-term outcomes in at least one outcome area. We also asked participants to identify specific pedagogical factors they felt created those results, and are proud to share this data with others interested in transformational education.
From heightened self-confidence and self-esteem, to greater focus and motivation, increased preparedness for college, and help choosing a major and a career, GIV provided real, lasting benefits for a majority of respondents.