GIN Youth Directors


Rafaela Damasceno

Rafaela Damasceno

GIN Social Media Program Youth Director

GIN Project Leader, GINtern, GAP Course Co-Developer and Mentor

Rafaela is an 18-year-old senior at the International School of Curitiba, in Brazil. As an individual captivated by the international environment, Rafaela enjoys meeting people with different backgrounds, nationalities, and experiences, to widen her cultural and social view of the world. She has been involved with GIN since 2013, when she first attended a GIN conference in Quito, Ecuador. Rafaela is most fond of the networking and sharing opportunities provided by the conference environment. Most recently, her interests have expanded to marketing and communication. She plans to study both in college. In her role as the Social Media Youth Director she is working to grow global learning, dialogue and action with the Global Issues Network and beyond.

Social Media Program (SMP) Overview

The Social Media Program will engage the Global Issues Network community and provide ongoing support for students and their GIN projects through the course of the year.  Students around the world will actively leverage the power of social media when working to solve local-global issues. GIN recognizes that students face challenges in both creative and active stages of their GIN projects. We will answer this challenge by creating global access to successful tools, strategies and network members to address local-global issues.

The program consists of a focus on three major areas of empowerment by social media: active participation, effective marketing, and the use of media. Corresponding to the three branches of the program, these areas will be taken up by the GIN Social Media Team, with the purpose of helping the GIN community by sharing examples, successes and challenges of project-based solutions. With the concept of leading by example, this program will also serve the purpose of developing GIN’s own social media activity.

If you would like to join Rafaela in her efforts as a Social Media Program Team Member please contact Rafaela at: rafaela@globalissuesnetwork.net

Or visit our Join the Team Page

Guilherme Grupenmacher

Guilherme Grupenmacher

GIN Global Mentors Program Youth Director

GIN Project Leader, GINtern, GAP Course Co-Developer and Mentor

Gui is 17 years old and was born in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba. He has been an active member of GIN since 6th grade, participating in several conferences around Latin America and the world. He believes that genuine global citizenship comes as a result of meaningful interactions between individuals of different backgrounds and perspectives, and strives to fulfill this in several segments of his extracurricular life. One of Gui’s main GIN Projects, presented at  GIN Argentina 2015, led him to establish an NGO accredited by the Brazilian Government that helps break social barriers that limit the well-being of kids with disabilities in his local community. Currently a senior at the International School of Curitiba, Gui plans on attending university in the United States and plans to continue to collaborate as a GIN leader working to provide fulfilling experiences to global citizens all over the world.

GIN Global Mentors Program

The Global Mentors Program seeks to provide determined, engaged and passionate GIN students a unique opportunity to receive one-on-one mentorship from professionals who are working to address the same global issue(s) they’ve selected for their respective projects. The Global Mentor Program strives to create collaborative intergenerational partnerships that grow sustainable impact and a global culture of engaged global citizenry. We will guide the GIN student experience and understanding as community-centered leaders through the GIN Levels of Engagement and GIN best practices approaches within the mentorship experience.

If you would like to join Gui in his efforts as a Global Mentor Team Member please contact Gui at: guilherme@globalissuesnetwork.net

Or visit our Join the Team Page

Rodrigo Rose

Rodrigo Rose

GIN Creating Connections Program Youth Director

GIN Project Leader, GINtern, GAP Course Co-Developer and Mentor

Rodrigo Rose is 17 years old and lives in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, where he was born and raised. He is currently a senior at the International School of Curitiba (ISC), which has given him all the opportunities he could hope for to have a promising future. He has attended two Global Issues Network conferences and served as a facilitator in the UNESCO Center for Peace Summer Program, since becoming an intern with GIN in 2014. This has provided him important skills and abilities in solving issues on both a local and global scale, and has shown him how each and every one of us, regardless of our differences, can work together to create a better planet. This involvement, together with his passion for learning and growth, is what motivates him to help GIN develop and is why he devotes his time and effort to make GIN better for all students who love it through the GIN Creating Connections Program. He believes that all things in life, good or bad, help us grow, and wishes to see the entire world grow to become a place everyone shares and enjoys together.

GIN Creating Connections Program

The Creating Connections (CC) Program is a GIN initiative whose objective is to provide our global community with high-quality, multifaceted resources and materials that empower students, teachers and administrators worldwide to create positive sustainable change on a local-global scale. This youth led and designed program is structured into three spheres of influence, each responsible for different aspects of the development of GIN resources: education and learning, communication and design, and research and enGINeering. The CC Program manages and perfects resources through these lenses, and works collaboratively with the GIN community and other programs to ensure the most effective and widespread impact.

If you would like to join Rodrigo in his efforts as a Creating Connections Team Member please contact Rodrigo at : rodrigo@globalissuesnetwork.net

Or visit our Join the Team Page

Valeria Wu

Valeria Wu

GIN Global Ambassador Program Youth Director

GIN Project Leader, GINtern, GAP Course Co-Developer and Mentor

Valeria is a senior studying at Colegio Roosevelt, in Lima, Peru.  Her work with GIN dates back to 2011, as a 6th-grade photographer for the first AASSA GIN Conference hosted by F.D.R, The American School of Lima.  Ever since then, she has built a strong connection to the program and participates actively as a GIN community leader. She has attended five GIN conferences in Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, United States (UNESCO GIN) and Brazil. As part of her own GIN project, Valeria co-led an installation of 14 solar water heaters in her school that save approximately 75 metric tons of Co2 annually.  The project got selected as finalist of the Americas for the Zayed Future Energy Prize in 2014, and received a 50,000 USD grant to expand renewable energy at her school.

GIN Global Ambassadors Program

GAP aims to create a network of student leaders at every international school who will promote service, leadership and broaden accessibility to Global Issues Network programming.  In two years, the program has already served over 80 students from 30 nationalities and has been presented at 10+ conferences across the world. As GAP Youth Director, Valeria has been invited to keynote, present and facilitate GAP workshops in the Speaker Series hosted by Singapore American School in Pulau Ujong, Singapore and the GIN Bali Conference hosted by Canggu Community School in Bali, Indonesia.

If you would like to join Valeria in her efforts as a Global Ambassador Team Member please contact her at: valeria@globalissuesnetwork.net

Or visit our Join the Team Page