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Welcome Message from Carol Jenkins
For more than 85 years, World Learning has equipped individuals and institutions to address the world’s most pressing problems. We believe that, working together with our partners, we can change this world for the better.
On my travels, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many of those who have joined us in this mission. In Baghdad, we’ve trained more than 2,300 Iraqi youth who are already giving back at home. In London, our partners in the TAAP Initiative strongly believe that we are all responsible to practice inclusion. And in Vermont, our Experiment in International Living and School for International Training participants prove every day that they have the tools and the determination to change the world.
Please join us in our pursuit of a more peaceful and just world.
- Get Involved
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.
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.