Year 3 in Costa Rica Has Begun!

We have started the Year 3 Institute in Costa Rica! Students arrived today at United World College in Santa Ana, which is a suburb of San Jose. After dinner and introductions, students started planning the sessions that they will lead in the days to come. Although a bit tired from travel, everyone was excited to…
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July 12, 2016 0

Countdown to Year 3 Costa Rica 2014

Hello GYLI Community! The 2014 year 3 trip kicks off in two days.We’ll be posting  throughout the trip right here on the GYLI blog. The year 3 participants and coordinators will be sharing updates, think pieces, photos, etc. all starting this Wednesday. Get ready. Be excited!     Bon Voyage, Katie Nguyen        …
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July 14, 2014 0

2014 NAIS conference

Matt Nink will present two sessions at the NAIS conference in Orlando, Florida from February 26-28.  On Wednesday Febuary 26, Matt will be part of the global circles group that will present on a variety of topics: standards, online learning, international partnerships.  Matt led a working group for the past 12 months focused on Program Evaluation.  On Thursday February…
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February 20, 2014 0

My Path to Leadership

GYLI exposed me to new cultures and concepts. As a teenager, I was just figuring out the racial dynamics of Milwaukee and the seemingly antipodal waters between my home and school life. GYLI expanded my universe and gave me a multidimensional introduction to cultural complexities. Traveling around the world and learning from thought-provoking teachers provided…
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February 13, 2014 0

IYLEP 2014

Global Youth Leadership Institute (GYLI) has again be selected to partner with World Learning to offer community programs for the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) in Milwaukee, Chicago and Boston in the summer of 2014.  During this month long program, 25 youth participants from around the United States and 75 from Iraq will come…
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February 5, 2014 0

Generous Donor has made it possible for YOUR School to attend the GYLI HS sequence program

Today, GYLI is announcing a donation from an anonymous donor that can make it possible for your school to attend out unique 3-year HS sequence of programs.  This donor will offer 2,000 per year for 3 years (total of 6,000) for new schools to the GYLI programs to help offset the costs for teachers or…
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February 1, 2014 0

GYLI Announces 2015 Educators Program in the Dominican Republic.

Due an overwhelming response, the DR Educators Program for 2014 is now CLOSED.  But we have just announced the dates for 2015.  So make your plans now to attend this 8-day Professional Development program.  “Experience the Birthplace of the Americas and Address the Legacy of Slavery” is a unique program that blends experiential learning, exploration…
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January 31, 2014 0

Seeking the Center

I’m sitting on a hollow log in a small clearing in the brush surrounding the Lama Foundation in New Mexico. I’m about halfway through my solo, the Year 2 experience that invites each participant to spend some concentrated alone time in personal reflection. I’ve finally run out of ways to occupy myself – journaling, drawing,…
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October 20, 2013 0

Langley Students Connect to EARTH

For the 3rd year in a row, GYLI worked with the 8th grade class at Langley School in McLean, VA on their Eco-Experience in Costa Rica. This year we facilitated the experience for 44 students and 11 teachers. Before the 7-day program, Matt Nink, and GYLI coordinator, Shanti Freitas also conducted a parent information night…
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September 25, 2013 0

Leadership Legs

Sailors talk of sea legs: the ability to keep your balance while the boat rocks in rough water. It’s supposed to be an acquired skill. When my peers voted for me to be the “captain for a day” of the tall ship Amistad during my first GYLI experience, I was a fidgety fifteen-year old who…
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September 25, 2013 0