Author: Matt Nink

GYLI Team Blog: Matt on “Belonging”

Where do I Belong and does it matter?  Where do I belong? What is my own definition of belonging?  Why does it matter?  That question–”Where do I belong?”– is one of the driving questions for teens all over the world and from all backgrounds.  That question drives our choices of high school, college, work, activities…
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October 29, 2019 0

2019 Year 3 Recap

We came together for our last year of GYLI excited to see our old friends and experience the many sites and sounds of Costa Rica. Our first stop was the unique and beautiful campus of United Wold College Costa Rica. There we engaged in some sessions led by GYLI students, such as 10Cs of awareness,…
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October 4, 2019 0

2019 Year 2 Recap

The beauty of New Mexico takes your breath away.  Students arrive in Albuquerque and take the scenic drive up to Taos, sandwiched between the Rio Grande River and the mountains.  Our cherished and long-standing partner with Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining, one of GYLI’s Native American speakers, welcomed our group with a water ceremony.  Weyakpa…
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October 4, 2019 0

2019 Year 1 Recap

Living on and learning on a Tallship is new for all us, and that is what we got to do o the Year 1 programs.    We came together during our two sessions in Connecticut to learn about our ancestors, and to experience days and nights on the Long Island Sound.  The beauty of the water…
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October 4, 2019 0

Year 3 2019 Welcome Post!

We are very excited to start our Year 3 program in Costa Rica this month, July 22nd – August 1st. Keep watching this page for daily blog updates from the students and teachers. Below is a sneak peek of what the group will enjoy on their journey! Day 1 – Arrive at San Jose, Costa Rica,…
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July 10, 2019 0

2018 Year 3 Recap

In our two Year 3 programs in Costa Rica, we offer students and teachers a deep dive into environmental sustainability, meeting others from different backgrounds, and seeing themselves as change agents.   The highlight of the Year 3 continues to be the home-stay experience. The authentic lens into community and culture affords great insight for our youth.…
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September 19, 2018 0

2018 Year 2 Recap

We offered 2 Year 2 programs at the Lama Foundation in Northern New Mexico.  Here our goal is to deepen the conversation, and further challenge students and teachers to reflect, to live differently, and to be intentional in their relationships with self, others, and the earth. According to our teachers and students, highlights from the…
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September 19, 2018 0

2018 Year 1 Recap

GYLI offered four Year 1 programs this summer:  2 in Connecticut, 1 in Los Angeles and 1 launching from Kenosha, WI.  Sailing aboard the Mystic Whaler, Exy Johnson and Red Witch – students and adults raised sail learning about themselves and others. Highlights of the these programs were again the great work of Kojo Bey…
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September 19, 2018 0

BaSheeba Mays

BaSheeba Mays BaSheeba “Sheeba” Mays is a sister, daughter, friend, and has occasional wanderlust. Her differing roles, comedic personality, and international travel experiences immensely influence what she loves: being a leader. Sheeba realizes that she has a niche for leadership and motivating others. She is very proud to have received a Master’s Degree in Strategic…
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May 17, 2018 0

Accounting Manager/Program Coordinator

Aloyce Gonzaga Lekuton (known as Mr. L) joined LFA as a full-time Accounting Manager and Program Coordinator in the Stuart Center for Global Leadership in November of 2016. Aloyce earned his BS in Agricultural Engineering from EARTH University in Costa Rica. He has worked for an agricultural NGO in South Africa as Program Assistant, the…
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May 15, 2018 0