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STUDENT SUMMIT PARTICIPANT VIDEOS
Are you coming to the Summit?
Do you have videos about your work to share?
Email the link to us HERE and we will post it!
Check out these two TEDx talks from two people you will meet at the Summit, Chris Castro and Jordan Howard.
Executive Director, IDEAS For Us (www.ideasforus.org) Winter Park, FL
Teacher, Evergreen Community Charter School, Asheville, NC (Green Ribbon School) Open Space Technology Facilitator
Graduate Resident Assistant FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center West Palm Beach, FL
To provide students (from middle school to university level) with a highly participative forum to explore green youth leadership through sharing ideas, questions, projects, successes, and aspirations with other youth leaders from around the country and beyond.
To help youth-led organizations to develop their internal capacity to achieve their goals.
To provide networking opportunities for individuals and organizations.
To support youth in planning and developing projects and identifying actions steps for the future.
To help individual students deepen their knowledge and develop new skills for environmental and sustainability work in their local schools and communities.
To make new friends, be inspired, and have a lot of fun.
What students will experience:
In the Student Summit Friday evening session, you will hear and share success stories of environmental and sustainability work in your local schools and communities, and learn about powerful new youth-led organizations. On Saturday, following the GSNN conference general session, you will join other Student Summit participants in an Open Space Technology meeting, in which you will create the agenda based on the topics and questions that matter to you. You will attend, and be invited to lead, workshops and discussions on a wide range of topics, moving freely between groups at any time to maximize your own learning. Mentoring and the building of knowledge and skills happen naturally in this process. Each small group generates a report that will be immediately available online. You can also attend breakout sessions in the larger conference if you choose. On Sunday, you will review the proceedings from the previous day and engage in action planning to support your own projects and organizations. Students will create a presentation for the closing conference general session, and complete the experience with the Summit closing circle on Sunday afternoon.
Any topic, question, or project that any Summit participant takes leadership to share will be on the agenda as a discussion group or workshop. All participants will receive a “book of proceedings” from all workshops, including the contact information of all participants, for future networking and follow-up opportunities.
Follow-up after conference:
A web-based forum will be available for Student Summit participants to share their progress on future projects and to stay connected into the future.
Green Youth Leadership: The Growing Edge
For All Students: University, College, High School, Middle School
Direct Your Own Learning
How do we step into authentic leadership to create the sustainable schools and communities of the future?
This year’s GSNC Student Summit, titled “Green Youth Leadership: The Growing Edge,” will invite you to direct your own learning by choosing from a wide range of workshops and discussions convened by youth leaders. You will create the agenda and have an opportunity to lead a workshop on any topic, project, or question that matters to you.
“This summit will honor your passions, experience, questions, and current and future projects,” says Chris Weaver, summit facilitator. “You will have an amazing opportunity to share dreams and strategies for action with other powerful and visionary students from around the country.”
If you arrive early, you can meet at 2pm on Friday to walk to nearby Howard Park and community center to roll up your sleeves for a tree-planting and landscaping service project. On Friday evening, we will meet for an interactive story session to explore the deeper purpose and opportunity that brings us together.
On Saturday morning’s opening session we will create the agenda, using a dynamic meeting process called Open Space Technology. You will move freely between groups for the rest of the day; you can attend breakout sessions in the larger conference as well. We will generate reports from all sessions, and on Sunday engage in action planning and the creative application of all we have learned.
We look forward to learning with you!
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