Mission: To empower young people to collaborate locally, regionally and globally in order to create sustainable solutions for global issues.
— GIN mission statement
The Global Issues Network (GIN) Conference is a gathering of young change makers. It is a student-led conference that brings together young global citizens who are addressing serious local-global issues with empathetic and sustainable solutions. The network is mostly based on Jean-François Rischard’s book, High Noon: Twenty Global Problems, Twenty Years to Solve Them.
Middle and High School students (Grades 8 & 9) from more than 100 nations on 5 continents have presented their GIN projects at both local and regional Global Issues Network Conferences hosted by schools around the world. South and Central America embraced the Global Issues Network regional GIN conference in 2011, establishing a yearly moving regional conference tradition. Middle and High School teams from ISPS have participated annually in the GIN conferences in South and Central America since 2016.
In order to qualify to attend the conference each team must create and implement a sustainable project to address one of the 20 global issues in their community over a period of months. At the conference, each team will present a workshop and short film on their project to other students and teachers. In addition, students will attend other teams’ presentations, listen to keynote speeches by global change makers and network with their peers from across the Americas.