COUNTRIES: United States
DURATION: 06/01/1990 - 07/31/2018
FUNDER: The Governor's Institute of Vermont

Program Description

Through the Vermont Governor’s Institute on Current Issues and Youth Activism, high school students explore current events, global issues, leadership, and social change.

World Learning’s School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont, has hosted the annual summer institute since 1990. It is one of 11 such summer programs offered by the Governor’s Institute of Vermont, which provide dynamic learning experiences focused on different academic areas for Vermont high school students on college campuses around the state. At SIT, participants examine local, national, and global issues, including politics, civics, and social change. During the program they learn about these issues by engaging with politicians, activists, community leaders, issue experts, and artists. Students develop teamwork, leadership, and activism skills, which they use to design Activism Actions that they implement in the six months following the program.

Participants explore the state of their communities and the world and examine their role in creating sustainable and powerful change. On July 4, the students march in the Brattleboro town parade carrying signs related to issues they care about and featuring positive messages of hope. Evenings are filled with activities including drumming, a barn dance, musical performance, improv theater, simulations, campfires, open mic night, and other workshops.

Program Goals

The Vermont Governor’s Institute on Current Issues and Youth Activism aims to help participants:

  • Explore local, national, and global issues.
  • Build teamwork, leadership, and activism skills.
  • Prepare to be responsible citizens and leaders in their communities.

For more information, please visit the Vermont Governor’s Institute website.