Student-led conferences are supported by school communities across the globe. Regional and local conferences are growing and responding to their “Call to Action!” Students from more than 100 nations have presented their work at these Global Issues Network Conferences.
Each year, GIN conferences bring together students, teachers, experts, NGOs, and representatives from educational organizations. GIN conferences have ranged in size from 100 to 800 participants. Schools typically host the conferences, but organizers have included universities and even a U.S. state governor. More local conferences are also being organized each year.
GIN conferences are about cooperation and collaboration not competition. Students are expected to lead, with adults as mentors. A Global Issues Network Conference is empowering because all of the students attending have been involved in addressing global issues by creating and working on a project in partnership with their local community. Every student project team crafts a workshop to present to their peers that expresses their message, their strategies, their solutions and their challenges. This enables students to experience what it means to be an expert, a teacher, a student, and most importantly an empowered collaborative leader making a difference in their community. The keynote speakers and the students are peers in this setting.
The GINternational Conference brings together students who are working on projects in their community in partnership with their community. This unique opportunity offers participants a platform to present their projects, be inspired by fellow student led initiatives as well as impassioned keynote speakers who are working to build a more just and sustainable world.
The GINternational Student Planning Team has worked very hard to organize an incredible learning experience. The GINternational Conference will inspire and motivate your student changemakers in many ways. We plan to have many inspiring keynote speakers covering a wide range of topics, a panel discussing LGBTQ issues, a design workshop and an art workshop inviting creative thought about the issues we face today.