Global Ambassador Program 2017-2019


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Welcome to the Global Issues Network Global Ambassador Program!

 

Application Due Date:

August 25th, 2017

 

Notification Date:

September 5th 2017

 

Program 2017-2019 Begins:

September 10th, 2017

GIN Mission

 

To empower young people to collaborate locally, regionally, and globally, in order to create project-based solutions for our shared global issues.

 

To recognize and nurture youth empowerment.

GAP Vision

 

The Council of GIN Ambassadors will promote global dialogue, leadership and action through collaboration; empowering students to develop sustainable, socially responsible solutions for their local-global community. 

Overview of the GAP

 

The GIN Global Ambassador Program, a youth-led branch of the Global Issues Network, was founded in 2015 and has worked with 80+ students, ages 14-18, from over 30 nationalities.

The GIN Global Ambassadors are a team of community builders who value honorable leadership, global collaboration, lifelong-learning and service. Moreover, Global Ambassadors will seek to engage local action in partnership with local school communities in their region; recognizing that their school communities have a responsibility to act as epicenters and testing grounds for empathetic change and social justice. The GAP learning community intends to study and deliver honed understandings, tools, and models of effective local-global empathetic change that will strengthen community culture, learning, global dialogue, and action.

The students who join the program are committed to personal growth and discovery as leaders of today. Global Ambassadors are dedicated to creating and developing a supportive global learning community and network of active changemakers. Global Ambassadors champion empathetic and equitable sustainability as they develop their community-centered GIN projects in order to create real and lasting impact.  Global Ambassadors understand that community centered change is a continuous learning process.

GAP Requirements

 

Time Commitment:

2 years

Weekly Time Commitment:

4 hours per week

GA Mentor:

 

GIN Mentor who will consistently advise, guide and assist through the course of the 2 year Global Ambassador Program.

The mentor must be an educator who has a strong relationship with the Global Ambassador and that values the ethos of GIN

Age Requirement:

7th grade or above (or the equivalent)

Gmail Account:

 

Ambassadors are required to have a Gmail account to communicate between Global Ambassadors and GIN Staff as well as to receive updates, instructions, materials, tools, and resources from GAP leaders

 

GA Qualities

 

Identifies And Values Their

  • Global citizenry
  • Honorable leadership
  • Empathetic, community-centered collaboration
  • Lifelong learning
  • Equitable sustainability
  • Environmental justice
  • Community advocacy through civic engagement

Effective Communicator And Team Member

  • Hold a belief in their team as capable with respect and trust; actively lead from behind
  • Flexible and resilient
  • Practice active engagement and listening
    • Interest in critical feedback, suggestions for improvement, and collaborative problem-solving
  • Have prior experience or willing to learn Project Management:
    • Time management
    • Team management and support
    • Collaborative project task break-down and delegation
    • Design & Systems Thinking
    • Encouraging personal strengths and supporting personal challenges
    • Communicate clear expectations
    • Deliver with professionalism

Active Global Citizen

  • Passion for creating, developing and fostering sustainable solutions within their local-global community
  • Lifelong commitment to learn, grow your knowledge and understanding of one’s self and our shared world

Two GAP Pathways

 

The youth-directed Global Ambassador Program is collaboratively created and designed with GIN Staff; for youth, by youth. We see the Global Ambassador Program as an evolving prototype for best practices.  During the GA course we ask for feedback from Global Ambassadors.  In response to the GA feedback, we have differentiated our programming and created two pathways that will address student needs. This year’s applicants will have the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and grow their impact through one of the following GIN GAP Pathways:

GIN Authentic Project

OR

GIN Sustainable Schools

Please, read both course descriptions to select the Pathway that best fits your needs and learning goals.  

Common Threads

Both pathways rely on the same GIN Framework but begin from different starting points. Below is a overview description of the common threads that weave through both Pathways.

Student-Lead

 

The project is initiated, creatively controlled, and student-led. The success and failure of the project is within your scope of control. You seek help from peers, mentors, and community experts as needed to advance the project.

Authenticity

The project begins because of an identified local- global challenge, and the project purpose is to educate, inspire, mobilize, empower, and equip the local community to take action in being part of the solution to the problem.

 

Collaboration and Partnership

The project employs the talents, skills, knowledge base and resources of a variety of community members and leaders. Project participants learn from and are empowered by each other in a learning community. Together they grow the network of people that support the project actions being taken towards solving the problem.

Self-Knowledge and Reflection

Students actively seek to understand their strengths, talents, learning styles and preferences. They set learning goals for themselves, take time to reflect on their process as a learner, peer, and agent of change, and evaluate their own success and impact.

Measurable Impact

Students communicate project goals through Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that show the project is making real change, and track their progress through collection of data that is both quantitative and qualitative.

Empathetic Action

The project employs a community-centered approach where real relationships are built through observation, surveying, interviews, ongoing dialogue, and collaborative problem solving that is inclusive of a diverse group of community members. Testimony from participating community members served by your GIN project shows empowerment and development of all participants.

 

Sustainable Strategic Planning and Implementation

 

The project plan shows that sustainability is an ongoing priority by:

The environmental element is demonstrated through carbon footprint measurement and offset, and choosing the lowest carbon footprint project implementation means and materials. This includes but is not limited to energy sources, transportation, food, teaching supplies, event supplies…etc.

The socio-cultural element is demonstrated through empathy towards local norms, and educational campaigns that transmit key ideas and actions in culturally appropriate ways. Project usefulness in the context where it is implemented is assured by community input rather than assumptions, and high levels of community participation in all stages.

The economic equity element is demonstrated through multiple-source funding and fundraising efforts, and innovative ways of re-investing back into the project. The project promotes economic and/or educational equity and growth in the community where it is implemented.

The longevity element is demonstrated through the use of systems that are transparent, organized, and can be used by and passed on to other potential participants. The design is community-centered, has multi-generational participants, and diverse stakeholders that are empowered in order to maintain the program even if funding and personnel change over time.

Pathway 1: GIN Authentic Project

 

Overview Description: 

The GAP GIN Authentic Project Pathway Starting Point:

Your starting point is rooted in your personal passion and your ability to realize this passion through a community-centered GIN Project that focuses on creating sustainable impact within your local-global community. 

Final Product:

  1. Ambassadors build a GIN Project team that includes stakeholder leaders and community members.
  2. Ambassadors co-create and design their Strategic Plan for their GIN Project with their team.
    1. Growing their community stakeholder team, community support, awareness and engagement
      1. Educator Mentors
      2. Expert Mentors
      3. Mentors with experiential history dealing with local-global issue
    2. Design Thinking
    3. Systems Thinking
    4. Community Organizing
    5. Project Management
    6. Funding and Materials
    7. Theory of Change
    8. Statement of Need
  3. Ambassadors develop a Case Study of past initiatives and understanding of their community.
    1. Mapping your local-global issue system
    2. Learn from past solutions and challenges
    3. Community Interviews: Understanding community needs, challenges, solutions and culture
  4. Ambassadors implement their Strategic Plan with their team.
    1. Measure progress: successes, challenges, and how they have or plan to overcome said challenges
    2. Document and share their process with their community
    3. Create dialogue and community engagement
    4. Report to and ask for feedback from community leaders and stakeholders
  5. Ambassadors become GIN Project Mentors in their local school community.
    1. Facilitate and support a GIN Class elective at your school
      1. Educator supported
  6. Ambassadors become GIN Global Mentors for the international community.
    1. Global Mentor Program
  7. Ambassadors develop a strong presence at GIN Regional Conferences.
    1. May be invited to keynote at GIN Regional Conferences as GIN Project Exemplars

Pathway 2: GIN Sustainable School

 

Overview Description:

The GAP GIN Sustainable School Pathway Starting Point:

Your starting point is rooted in your passion to develop and grow sustainable systems and practices within your school community, with the support of your school community. You will work to empower your school community as activated global citizens.  You will work to foster a sustainable GIN school culture that understands, supports and identifies as an epicenter for learning how to create change and innovative solutions.

Final Product:

  1. Ambassadors build a GIN Project team that includes school leadership and GIN School community members.
  2. Ambassadors co-create and design their Strategic Plan for a sustainable GIN School with their school community team.
    1. Growing their community stakeholder team, community support, awareness and engagement
      1. Educator Mentors
      2. Expert Mentors
      3. Mentors with experiential history dealing with local-global issue
    2. Design Thinking
    3. Systems Thinking
    4. Community Organizing
    5. Project Management
    6. Funding and Materials
    7. Theory of Change
    8. Statement of Need
  3. Ambassadors develop a Case Study of past initiatives and understanding of their school community.
    1. Mapping your local-global issue system
    2. Learn from past solutions and challenges
    3. Community Interviews: Understanding community needs, challenges, solutions and culture
  4. Ambassadors implement their Strategic Plan with their school community team.
    1. Measure progress: successes, challenges, and how they have or plan to overcome said challenges
    2. Document and share their process with their community
    3. Create dialogue and community engagement
    4. Report to and ask for feedback from community leaders and stakeholders
  5. Ambassadors establish a leadership role that supports collaboration between GIN School leaders within the community with the goal of creating sustainable structures, systems and ongoing collaboration in their school.
  6. Ambassadors serve their school by creating a common language to better understand sustainability.
  7. Ambassadors teach and impart skills to their community to empower sustainability.
  8. Ambassadors are active leaders and participants of local GIN conferences in their community.

 

 

 

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Application Due Date:

August 25th, 2017

 

Notification Date:

September 5th 2017

 

Program 2017-2019 Begins:

September 10th, 2017