GIN Student Teams







How do beGIN?

Form a GIN group. It is good to begin by reviewing (both ongoing and possible) efforts focused on global issues with these students and teachers. You will choose one or two of these issues for your projects and, thus, your presentation/s. You will closely monitor/document your efforts in the coming months. For many of you, it will not be creating more work but celebrating and sharing your efforts to date.

How to Craft Your Action Plan

How do we prepare to attend the conference?

The GIN group should meet regularly. Schools are invited to send a GIN team (or four) to the conference. Each team is made up of 2-6 students from Grades 7-12. Two adult advisers must accompany your school’s students, whether you send one or more teams. There should be at least a 1:2 ratio of advisors to teams if your are bringing more then two teams.

We will accept a total of 450 students and advisers to our conference.

Note: We included Grade 7 students but would like to stress that the younger students must rise to the occasion since they will be interacting with high school students. They must be up to the task both intellectually/academically and in terms of maturity.


What are the key responsibilities of the team?

  • The student team is asked to prepare an interactive workshop (wireless will be provided at the conference) on their efforts to address a global issue with sustainable solutions. The team will present this workshop to 20-30 other delegates. These will also be streamed to allow for a larger audience.
  • Also, each team of students needs to make a short (less than 2 minutes) film about the project to be shown at the conference and posted to the website.


What is the format of the workshop?

  • Based on an essential question.
  • Interactive-wireless will be available in every room
  • 40 minutes in length divided into presentation, activities and discussion


What are the other components of the conference?

  • Keynote speakers from around the world will present.
  • Presentations from other teams and speakers involved in global issues.
  • Global Village groups will be formed to allow for important open discussions on the issues and the solutions. This also strengthens the networks.
  • A Global Issues Fair will offer students the chance to talk with people creating change.
  • Film Festival will screen the film made by each team on their project. Every team’s efforts will be shared with the entire delegation.