The Global Youth Village team continues to evaluate the advisability of offering in -person summer exchanges in 2021. We know that many will prefer robust virtual experiences and so we plan to offer our highly successful virtual summer program again. Virtual GYV builds friendships and explores youth leadership with spaces for up to 100 young people from all over the world and many times zones!
This is not just a summer program, it is a path to global citizenship.
The Global Youth Village has welcomed over 5,000 teens from more than 102 countries since 1979 at our campus in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Now we have taken the experience on-line with great results. Virtual GYV is a series of dynamic activities fostering cross-cultural understanding and helps young people tap into their potential as agents of change.
Join friends from more than 15 different countries to:
- Tackle the world’s most pressing issues this summer.
- Learn from experts and champions in peace & conflict, human rights, and climate action.
- Act and mobilize others - create working groups to develop solutions.
- Become a communicator, innovator, decision maker
- Develop your own youth advocacy toolkits to precipitate local community change
This program is open to :
young people ages 15-18
those with intermediate and advanced English language skills
those with access to a stable internet connection
Through 12 hours of asynchronous and 6 hours of synchronous activities per week over three weeks (54 hours total), V-GYV fosters cross-cultural understanding and helps young people tap into their potential as agents of change. The program is organized into learning pathways, guided by trained virtual facilitators, on an accessible learning management system platform.
The Virtual Global Youth Village includes Pathway groups dividing students into subsets of 10-18 individuals, to explore specialized areas of interest. In addition, to daily activities with the pathway, three all-Village meetings are dispersed throughout the program, assembling the entire Global Youth Village Community to celebrate the integral role youth play in the world.
In this dynamic program you will:
- Make friends from across the globe: Share stories, art, recipes, and your passions in a safe secure setting
- Build important cross-cultural communication skills: Learn how to listen, ask questions, share perspectives and discover shared values.
- Develop leadership skills: Work in small groups (Pathways) with global peers and experts to address the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Helping Hands - Social Justice and Service for all - Students explore areas of needs in their communities and the importance and benefits of volunteerism. They create digital campaigns to raise awareness of social justice issues and work 20 plus hours with a local community service agency or develop projects of their own with peers. See how the 2020 teams are putting ideas into action.
- CommuniTech for Social Good - This pathway introduces the design thinking process and students develop app prototypes to address the issues that are of concern to them. Apps addressing public health, environmental stewardship, improving access to educational resources and more have been developed in past years. Look at what the 2020 group accomplished.
- Crossing Cultures through the Arts -Students explore approaches and techniques to thinking like an artist. Moreover, they share public art works in their communities and discuss the power of art in uniting or dividing people. Students then create works of art on the theme of building social cohesion. Check out the 2020 team's work!
- Global Earth Warriors - Students engage in activities to appreciate the environment where they live, explore the science behind climate change, and discuss ways humans can reverse the trends and mitigate the effects on all ecosystems. They develop personal action plans which include awareness campaigns, park cleanups, and environmental apps and other tech tools. See the 2020 action plans!
- (You)Nited Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals in Action - Students explore which global goals critically affect youth development. Education, climate change, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict, and migration are on the top of the list. They develop ways to to engage youth in their communities to address the SDGs. This pathway builds a platform for discussion, includes hands-on activities, and creates the conditions for active engagement.
- Final Showcase and Celebration : Pathways work collaboratively to share out plans.
In the end, you become the Global Youth Village! Friends with a shared sense of purpose.
Check out this video from the (You)nited Nations and the SDGs group.
In each of the pathway groups described above, two virtual facilitators lead and mentor youth during all asynchronous and synchronous activities. These leaders are committed to creating an open and trusting atmosphere in a virtual camp, using ground rules (or a “code of conduct”) to establish the conditions needed for constructive dialogue and behavior. Facilitators check-in regularly and respond to participant questions as learners complete asynchronous activities and post content on discussion boards. They establish a great environment for learning via Zoom and TalentLMS, welcoming and encouraging participants, and introducing them to the learning management system. Students needing additional support can take advantage of office hours or be paired with an in-country digital advisor.
Learning Management System
The Virtual Global Youth Village takes place on Legacy International’s Learning Management System platform, TalentLMS. On this user-friendly platform, participants will read materials, watch exciting films, engage in discussion boards, and post and share videos and project ideas.