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The Impact of GYLI

Racial incidents broke out into the open in every school I led.  A third-grader turned to his black classmate and taunted, “Get out of line.  You have to drink from a different fountain.”  Or, a girl’s name appeared on the stall wall in the boy’s bathroom with an Asian slur.  Or, a junior turned to…
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June 29, 2020 0

The Gift of Connection

GYLI was a truly transformational experience for me for many reasons, the main being that it gave me the gift of connection. While on the Mystic Whaler for my Year One experience, I learned about my connection with the Earth, with my community, and with myself (just to name a few). To be able to…
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March 30, 2020 0

Igniting Leadership

Lawrence School students love going on GYLI summer institutes. My students and I agree that our summer experiences invite us to consider our humanity in relation to our essence, the essence of others, the essence of all living beings. Our lessons urge us to consider our responsibility to our communities. We return from our trips…
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March 30, 2020 0

GYLI Team Blog: Erin on Family

Our last blog post spoke of belonging as a responsibility to push back on systems and structures without repercussions. This month, we turn to give thanks and appreciation for that which we are grateful, in this season of Thanksgiving. For me, that is family; there’s no place better to experience a sense of belonging. But…
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November 25, 2019 0

The Langley School 8th Grade Class Experience in New Mexico

8th Grade students from The Langley School (McLean, VA) were full of excitement and nervousness as they arrived for a week in northern New Mexico and a chance to learn and explore. This year a group of 60 students and staff joined GYLI to study the cultures and landscapes of the Southwest and dig deep…
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October 30, 2019 0

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