You will change, during your time at GYV, your thoughts will deepen, your communication skills will expand, you’ll come to understand your own opinions and intolerances and shared values in surprising ways.
Develop your communication skills and learn how to respond productively to conflict and prejudice. Understand conflict styles; learn mediation techniques, and how to create a better balance of power. Explore non-violence movements, and how to constructively deal with anger. Develop listening and feedback skills and explore facilitation techniques. You’ll discover how useful these skills are in your every day interactions. They are practical skills that you will use in any career but especially handy for careers in international relations and diplomacy. Become a peace builder!
Wish you had the tools to make a difference? Learn how to identify needs, recruit friends to your cause, build coalitions, and address community needs. Develop local campaigns specific to you i.e. helping older neighbors, anti bully campaigns, neighborhood cleanups or think global i.e. raising funds for disaster victims, encouraging manufacturers to reduce production waste, addressing hunger. Create an action plan to execute at home and engage in peer-to-peer mentoring. Lead your world!
It’s time for in-depth exploration. Pick a workshop that you will dive into every morning. Periodically throughout the session all workshops will come together for dynamic discussions with international diplomats, foreign service officers, and social innovators.
Many good people are trying to figure out how to change the world. But how does change really come about? In this workshop, explore different models of social change that are being successfully used throughout the world. Check out people who have committed to action in a variety of ways, such as bringing more food to the table, instituting environmental practices that reduce waste, preventing illnesses through health education etc. Figure out what makes projects successful and how to sustain change; develop your creativity and critical thinking skills. You’ll also meet Legacy alumni who have done amazing work around the world. Become a social innovator!