Carlos

Carlos

GIN Global Ambassadors Program Youth Director

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

Carlos, is the current GIN GAP Youth Director, who joined the Global Issues Network in 2015. As a seventh grader, he co-led a project that successfully removed plastic cups from his school campus.

After attending his first GIN Conference in Rio de Janeiro, he was accepted to the GIN Global Ambassadors Program and served as a GA for one year. During the Summer of 2017, he became a GINtern with the hopes of directly helping expand the impact of the Global Issues Network and the GIN Global Ambassadors Program.

As a sophomore studying at EABH, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Carlos, together with his local GIN Club, focuses on creating 3d-printed prosthetic hands for children.

He is also helping develop the GIN Project Library, creating guides and resources for GIN Conference Organizers and co-developing the GIN GAP Curriculum.

The empowerment GIN and GAP have granted him with has taught him the power of today’s youth and how youngsters aren’t only tomorrow’s leaders, but also responsible and capable of taking action today.

Alexcia

Alexcia

GIN Global Ambassadors Team: Department of Logistics and Operations Co-Lead

GIN Project Leader,  GAP Course Co-Developer and Mentor

Alexcia is currently the GIN Global Ambassador Program Co-Lead of the Logistics and Operations Department. She joined the Global Issues Network in 2015, inspired by an Earth Day celebration at her school. She found interest in both her community and the environment through unconventional means such as in childhood films like “The Lorax”.

Her first GIN project focused on alleviating poverty in Jamaica through sports and play. After attending her first conference in Ecuador, she took a more steadfast interest in the environment and co-led projects that focused on fighting climate change in her school by eliminating styrofoam boxes and plastic cutlery from her campus. The project also raised awareness of the many climate-related issues plaguing Jamaica and fundraised for more bottle friendly water coolers at school to incentivize bringing a bottle.

Alexcia has also been an active member of GAP for over three years, gaining new roles, the most recent being the GAP Head of Logistics. As of 2020, she’s co-heading a joint project with other schools in Jamaica to host the first Climate Walk in the Caribbean.

Alexcia continues to be inspired by the world around her and unendingly exploring new possibilities to find better outcomes for her community, using GIN and GAP to their full power in her continuous goal of becoming a lifelong learner.

Daniela

Daniela

GIN Global Ambassadors Team: Department of Communications Lead

GIN Project Leader,  GAP Course Co-Developer and Mentor

Currently a member of the Global Ambassador Program Admin Team as the Social Media and Communications Department Lead, Daniela started contributing to the Global Issues Network’s impact in 2018. As a GIN Project Leader, she led a compost processing plant and gardening initiative in her school.

In 2018, she had the opportunity to attend her first conference in Costa Rica, which inspired her to join the Global Ambassadors Program in 2019. After some time in GAP, she was promoted to the GAP Administrative Team and since then, she has been trying to expand GIN and GAP as an opportunity to change the world.

At 17 years old, she has been working on the development of a GIN Program for elementary students called Little GINners, which allows kids to learn about sustainable development and  to carry out GIN projects. At the beginning of 2020, Daniela, along with her school Golden Valley in Costa Rica, hosted a GIN camp for kids and a local conference called IMAGIN. This was a bilingual conference that included high school and elementary students for the first time.

She believes in inclusion and that everyone should be given the chance to learn. GIN has been a platform that has empowered and led Daniela to achieve her goals and desires. As she expresses, “GIN has changed my life, I wish I knew about the program before. You are never too young to change the world”.

Juan Diego

Juan Diego

GIN Global Ambassadors Team: Learning and Innovation Lab Lead

GIN Project Leader,  GAP Course Co-Developer and Mentor

Juan Diego is a current member of the Global Ambassadors Program Admin Team and the current GAP Department Student Leader of GIN Curriculum Development. He joined GIN as a sixth-grader, where he co-led a project that helped corporations and businesses in Peru employ sustainable practices. Through this project, Juan worked with a national chocolate company called Cacaosuyo.

He attended his first GIN conference in 2016 in Medellin, Colombia. In 2018, Juan Diego became one of the facilitators of the PERUGIN 2019(The 2019 Americas GIN conference), which hosted schools from all around the Americas and provided them with the opportunity to present their GIN projects to a group of like-minded individuals.

In early 2019, he became a Global Ambassador with the hopes of going through the GAP curriculum and helping improve the curriculum through feedback. In late 2019, he became a part of the GAP admin team as the Head of Development with the hopes of using his experience to improve the GAP curriculum and help develop new materials to meet the program’s needs.

Through GIN and GAP, Juan Diego has realized that if you think something is wrong, then you need to be the one who stands up and leads the process to change it. After graduating from High School, Juan Diego wishes to study Political Science and Global Affairs and hopes to work in the United Nations when he grows up.

Maria

Maria

GIN Global Ambassadors Team: Department of Logistics and Operations Co-Lead

GIN Project Leader,  GAP Course Co-Developer and Mentor

Maria is an 18-year-old student from Medellin, Colombia and a current member of the Admin Team. She is a senior at The Columbus School and has been a part of her GIN Club for 5 years when her school hosted its first international GIN conference.

She worked with the GIN Carbon Team initially but later transitioned to work on the GIN Greenhouse Project to plant and sell organic crops to the school’s staff, students, and parents and the accreditation project for Eco Schools USA.

She joined the Global Ambassadors Program as a student and then became a co-developer for the program.

Two years ago, she started working with fifth to seventh graders to create a club that prepared students to join the GIN sustainability team at her school. That same year, she became a leader of her school’s sustainability team and has focused mainly on that since.

As both a GIN Conference Student Coordinator and Budget Leader of the EmerGINcy GIN Conference, she built a 150 strong student and teacher strong team with her Co-Lead in support of this GIN Conference event over the course of 10 months.

Maria is also currently co-teaching the second year of the GIN Class for all Columbus School 8th graders. 

Maria wishes to continue working with GIN and GAP even after she graduates from high school. She aspires to study environmental engineering and to pursue her music and robotics as her passions.