You’ll be empowered and inspired in this ten-day program focused on the big issues affecting people in Vermont and around the world!
“GIV gave me the hope and optimism that I needed to try and work on issues that I thought could not be fixed. Thank you for making me feel that I can make a difference in our state, country, and world.”
From critical issues impacting Vermont towns, to pressing U.S. national political and social issues, to exciting and complex global issues, we’ll cover it all.
We’ll also give you the leadership, activism, communication and organizing skills to get involved and create real change on any issue! You’ll join young people from other countries to explore the problems and daily challenges impacting young people everywhere, and learn how to turn your ideas into action.
Dr. John Ungerleider is a professor of Conflict Resolution and Transformation. He founded and has run the Vermont Governor’s Institute on Current Issues and Youth Activism for 25 years. John also founded and directs the Child Labor Education and Action (CLEA) project for young Vermonters to work against oppressive child labor, and the SIT Youth Peacebuilding and Leadership Programs for young people from communities in conflict around the world, such as recent groups from Iraq, Burma, Turkey, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Cyprus, Liberia, Yemen, East Timor, Mexico and Bangladesh. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar he facilitated conflict resolution activities in Cyprus. John wrote and performs a musical “co-opera” about global warming: Secret of the Seasons. One of John Ungerleider’s deepest passions is the intersection of activism and the arts.
GIYA has moved! The Institute will now be held at Landmark College in scenic Putney, Vermont. Have no fear, though: Institute traditions will still be included! Students will partake in a celebration BBQ, hike, visit local community organizations & have a Farmer’s Market lunch!
Curious about what to bring? Take a look at our Packing List!
For information regarding tuition, please click here.
This Institute accepts out-of-state and international students. If you are an out-of-state student interested in applying, please fill out our online application. Contact John Ungerleider at [email protected] to find out how to apply if you are an international student.