Global Citizens Youth Summit

Our year-long program launches at GCYS (or the Summit), a residential program hosted at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge, MA that convenes 28 talented and carefully selected high school students from all corners of the world to explore global issues through the lenses of engagement, ethics, excellence and leadership.

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What

GCYS is a nine-day residential program that cultivates young global citizens as lifelong leaders of positive social change.

When

July 28 - August 5, 2017. After the Summit, Scholars continue to work on and implement their Glocal Service Projects (GSPs) with experienced mentors for the following nine months, from August to April.

Where

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Academic sessions take place at the Harvard Faculty Club, Harvard Innovation Lab and Harvard Business School. Please note this program is not affiliated with Harvard University.

Who

28 global citizens, ages 16-18, arrive prepared to grapple with pressing global issues.

How

GCYS employs a student-centric pedagogy and philosophy, where seasoned Phillips Exeter Academy faculty facilitate discussion-based academic sessions that explore global issues through the lenses of engagement, ethics, excellence and leadership. Design Thinking experts provide a framework to develop implementable solutions to complex social challenges.

Schedule-at-a-Glance

GCYS offers an all-encompassing and intensive program that introduces Scholars to a multitude of perspectives and opportunities. Each year is unique, featuring new speakers, new locations and new activities.

Below is a general breakdown of the schedule:

DAY 1

Welcome

Morning: Scholar travels

Afternoon: 1:00 p.m. program start, ice-breaker exercises and exploration

Evening: Welcome Dinner with inspirational speaker

DAY 2

Orientation

Morning: Outdoor leadership and orientation program

Afternoon: Outdoor leadership and orientation program

Evening: Dinner with inspirational speaker

DAY 3

Discovery

Morning: Design Thinking workshop

Afternoon: Design Thinking workshop

Evening: Dinner with inspirational speaker

DAY 4

Engagement

Morning: Plenary and discussion-based academic session

Afternoon: Glocal Service Project session and exploration

Evening: Group dinner with Teaching Assistants

DAY 5

Ethics

Morning: Plenary and discussion-based academic session

Afternoon: Glocal Service Project session and exploration

Evening: Dinner with inspirational speaker

DAY 6

Excellence

Morning: Plenary and discussion-based academic session

Afternoon: Glocal Service Project session and exploration

Evening: Dinner with inspirational speaker

DAY 7

Leadership

Morning: Leadership workshop

Afternoon: Glocal Service Project session

Evening: Group dinner

DAY 8

Reflection

Morning: Glocal Service Project presentations

Afternoon: Glocal Service Project presentations continued

Evening: Closing Dinner with keynote inspirational speaker and talent show

DAY 9

Farewell

Morning: 10:00 a.m. program end, hotel check out and Scholar departures

Afternoon: Scholar departures before 1:00 p.m.

Evening: Scholar travels

After The Summit

GCYS is only the beginning of each Scholar's journey with GCI.

Implement Glocal Service Project (GSPs)

Scholars devise GSPs during GCYS and continue to develop them in collaboration with their mentors during the following nine months, from August to April. Through GCI EdGE, our online platform to facilitate global collaboration, Scholars may also seek guidance from faculty and thought leaders, and share their ideas on their GSPs with their peers and the world.

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Lifelong Engagement and Community

Once Scholars begin to implement their GSPs, they become Ambassadors and lifelong members of GCI’s ecosystem of global citizens and leaders. Ambassadors, mentors, faculty, and the GCI community remain in touch in person and online. Through GCI EdGE, they communicate and collaborate together on GSPs as well as other endeavors focused on transforming the world for the better. Ambassadors are also connected to opportunities for seed funding, internships and worthwhile educational programs.

If you are interested to learn more about and support GCI EdGE, please scroll down and click on “Support GCI.”