Curriculum and Schedule
The Summit is full of workshops and activities that enable young people to learn, lead, and empower themselves and their peers. For a preview of the types of workshops that we offer, check out last year's schedule!
Our Previous Curriculum
1: Building Knowledge and Understanding of Important Global Issues
- Child Trafficking. Last summer, we welcomed Hussainatu and Hassanatu Blake, the twin sisters who founded Focal Point Global, who led a workshop on the topic of child trafficking. About their organization: “Addressing the need for global youth-peer education, Focal Point Global delivers global-minded, technological innovated learning to youth in the US, Cameroon, and Namibia, in order to create the ethical leaders of tomorrow.”
- Education for All (Girl Rising). We screened the exciting film, Girl Rising, produced by a media partner of Plan International USA’s, 10x10. About the film: “Girl Rising spotlights the stories of unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances”—and emphasizes the importance of education for all children.
- Media and Representation (“Visualizing Humanity”). We welcomed Lina Srivastava and Linda Raftree, Plan's Senior Advisor, who led a workshop called “Visualizing Humanity,” which examined some of the ways that "the poor" have been portrayed in marketing materials and the media, and also encouraged us to to re-think how we see, learn from and listen to those that we want to support.
- Water and Sanitation. Members of Plan’s own expert Water, Sanitation, and Health (WASH) team led a workshop on the importance of clean water in communities around the world. Water changes everything!
- Youth Empowerment. All of our sessions that focus on our network, Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA), have dealt explicitly with youth empowerment as a method for raising awareness and creating change.
2: Developing Skills in 21st Century Leadership and Teamwork
- Campaign Planning. We met with YUGA members past and present to get advice on running campaigns and hosting awareness-raising events, and then plan new campaigns for the coming school year.
- Facilitation. All participants were encouraged to take a turn facilitating an icebreaker game, group activity, or entire workshop.
- Gender Equality + Online Activism. We welcomed Sam Meier of PolicyMic, a news and analysis website for millennials. She writes, edits, manages, and promotes writing on a variety of social justice topics, and she led a workshop on online activism and organizing.
- Oppression and Equality. We welcomed Laurie Jo Wallace, the Director of Training and Capacity Building at Health Resources in Action (HRiA) in Boston, MA. She led a training on the topics of oppression and equality, as well as the skills that young people need to work for social justice in their schools and communities.
- Presentation and Public Speaking.
- Service Learning. We performed community service in and around Bristol, Rhode Island to learn through volunteering!
- Voting and Elections. At the end of the Summit, we elected new members of the YUGA Steering Committee, through the democratic process.
3: Creating Cross-Cultural Connections and Strengthening Community
- Dancing and Drumming
- Scavenger Hunt
- Talent Show
- Team Games