GIV is a Uniquely Powerful Learning Experience for High School Students in Vermont

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, provides young people with intensive, hands-on learning experiences in college settings, igniting academic and creative passions, building confidence and leadership, and expanding students’ sense of possibility.

Committed to making world-class, accelerated enrichment programs financially and geographically accessible to every young person throughout Vermont, GIV encourages participation without regard to economic status, gender, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

GIV is ‘Radically Allophiliac!

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:

Geographic Inclusivity

First and foremost, GIV exists to reach all of the students and young artists in Vermont who seek a learning opportunity like GIV – no matter where they live.  In 2018, GIV welcomed student representatives from 71 schools and homeschools spanning every county; only about 3 eligible high schools were left out.  However, Vermont’s most rural counties remain underserved in numbers, and you can help get the message out!

Economic Inclusivity

We believe that the GIV experience can be affordable and accessible to all Vermont families. Our sliding scale tuition model allows each student and their family to pay an affordable tuition amount based upon their income and special circumstances. We also offer payment plans and scholarships to ensure that any student who wishes to attend is able to.

Gender and Identity Inclusivity

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont continues to make gender diversity one of our top outreach and recruitment priorities, while also recognizing the complex and non-binary nature of gender.

To combat historic inequities, we reach out specifically to encourage young women interested in the sciences, engineering, math and technology. Women continue to be underrepresented in these fields and deserve the same opportunities and pathways to rewarding and high-paying careers. GIV initiatives to bridge this gap include reduced tuition for all girls in STEM Institutes.

GIV has also taken a leadership role in driving statewide conversation on reversing the declining academic achievement of boys by informing and convening educators, policymakers and the media about this damaging new trend. GIV is also offering reduced tuition for boys to attend summer Institutes in the arts and humanities, fields where boys and men are traditionally underrepresented.

GIV enthusiastically welcomes and accommodates all gender identities and orientations.

Ethnic and Racial Inclusivity

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.

Physical Accessibility and More

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.

GIV Truly Impacts the Lives of Students

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.

  • GIV influenced 93% of respondents as they made decisions about their future.
  • For 88%, GIV was one of their most important experiences.
  • After the program, 79% were more aware of exciting career or educational opportunities.

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.

You can find the full report of the survey results here. And a shorter version of the results here.

If You Are Ready To Join GIV and Discover Your Calling Then Submit an Application Today