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Lessons from Year 2

GYLI has been an incredibly formative part of my summers in high school, but one memory that stands out to me was the Simon Bailey Memorial Climb to 11,017 feet above sea leve My small group embarked for our culminating hike in the dry, brittle heat of the New Mexico desert. Although I had prepared…
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July 28, 2020 0

The Power of Place

I have been associated with GYLI as an educator since 2004 and have so many memories and friendships that have put me in the place I am today.  The beauty of that “place” is that I have so many opportunities to weave our organization’s ideals into my work.  The central ideas of celebrating our multicultural…
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July 28, 2020 0

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