Want to change the world? Take action on the causes you care about!
“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.”
Ready to make a difference in the world?
This summer, take on political, environmental, and social justice issues at the GIV Global Issues & Youth Action Institute! You’ll join a community of motivated young Vermonters as you learn how to battle for whatever you care about, whether it be the climate crises, racism, sexism, inequality, or justice in all forms. Together, we can mobilize our collective energy with activists from around the world, leading movements for real change and deepening our hope with action!
Summer 2024 dates and information coming soon!
For information regarding tuition, please click here.
Note: This album is arranged in chronological order as events took place throughout the Institute.
Video recap from the Institute coming soon!
We encourage all students who participate in an Institute to use the experience to earn high school credit.
Awarding high school credit is at the discretion of the student’s sending school, so we recommend students make a plan with their high school guidance counselor before attending GIV to earn their credit.
Each school has unique requirements around proficiencies, credits, and PLPs, so there are multiple pathways to awarding credit based on your school's system of assessments.
However, we recommend that high schools award credit by having students produce one or more of the following...
- A presentation to reflect on the overall experience to present for counselors and/or teachers in the fall after their participation.
- A learning journal for submission about areas of learning, activities, reflections.
- Work examples to share with sending school teachers (physical or digital products, writing, videos of presentations, learning journal, etc.) to be reviewed and assessed.
Please reach out to us at [email protected] if we can directly help or support you or your school in determining credit opportunities for your experience at GIV.
Daily workshops and group activities
Course topics: choose between Policy or Skills thread
Workshops: choose between Global Issues or Action Skills
Meetings with local and foreign activists and experts
Live activism opportunities for protest and community action
Team-building and leadership
Dormitories and roommates
12:1 student-to-staff ratio
Poverty and Food Security
60+ hours of global citizenship exploration
Connections/collaborations with professors, politicians, and activists
Activism and local initiative involvement opportunities
Equivalent to one semester of high school credit in 1 or more of the following:
Global Citizenship- Civic and Political Institutions
Global Citizenship- Democratic Principles
Global Citizenship- Economic Exchange and Markets
This Institute’s curriculum has been aligned with the following Vermont proficiency-based graduation requirements at the high school level.
- Constructing Questions: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d
- Determining Helpful Sources: 2a
- Civic/Political Institutions: 3a, 3d, 3c, 3d
- Democratic Principles: 4a, 4b
- Processes, Rules, Laws: 5a, 5b
- Exchange and Markets: 7a, 7b
- Global Economy: 9a
- Geographic Representations: 10a, 10b
- Human Environment Interaction: 11a, 11b
- Human Population Spatial: 12a
- Global Interconnections Spatial: 13a, 13b, 13c
- Change Continuity Context: 14a, 14b
- Perspectives: 15a
- Developing Claims as Evidence: 17a, 17b
- Gathering Sources: 18a
- Claims Using Evidence: 19a, 19b
- Communicating: 20a, 20b
- Critiquing Conclusions: 21a
- Taking Informed Actions: 22a, 22b
English Language Arts
- Speaking/Listening: 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e
- Speaking/Listening: 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e
- Communication: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f, 1g
- Self-Direction: 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f, 2g, 2h, 2i
- Problem Solving: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g, 3h
- Citizenship: 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e, 4f
- Informed Thinking: 5a, 5b, 5f
Every day is a unique experience filled with expert-led instruction, hands-on investigation, field trips, and immersive learning. We work to build a community around our experiences and share in our passion for everything we explore.
**The schedule is slightly different each year and announced when you arrive!
GIV’s supportive Institute structure is endlessly enriching, empowering, and engaging.
7:30 AM: Breakfast
8:30 AM: Dialogue Groups
9:00 AM: Student-Selected Issue Groups
11:00 AM: Guest Speakers
12:00 PM: Lunch & Free Time
2:00 PM: Afternoon Workshops
4:30 PM: Arts Activism!
5:30 PM: Dinner & Free Time
7:30 PM: Nightly Activities and Social Events
10:00 PM: End of Day
Emilie Kornheiser comes to her work with a passion for supporting and amplifying community voices– asking communities to own and tell their own stories in order to facilitate shared visions and outcomes. For the last decade, she has focused on improving the functioning and accountability of community development and support systems in Vermont state government as a state legislator and as a nonprofit consultant and employee. She has worked with young parents at her local Parent Child Center, with teens as workforce development director at Youth Services, and as a full time consultant with Youth Collaboratory, a national organization that places youth at the center of decision making. Before transitioning to local service, she worked internationally as a consultant brokering and evaluating partnerships between corporations and national governments to meet community development goals.
Ms. Kornheiser received her BA in Sociology from Marlboro College and attended the MS program in Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont. She has served overseas promoting democracy and supporting small business and civil society development, and she has held numerous positions at community-based organizations throughout Vermont. She also started her own small business in downtown Brattleboro. Emilie continues to work with organizations both public and private that put connection at the center of skills building, accountability, and economic justice.