Students from GIN spent time helping to make our city more vibrant naturally, culturally, and sustainably,by restoring a lo'i in Kalihi on Saturday, November 4, 8:00am to 12:30. Together they made a difference in this truly significant effort.
GIN Hawai'i Conference Information and Updates
Click here to access the student films that were shown at the GIN Conference on February 24 and 25, 2017
Date: Friday, February 24 - Saturday, February 25, 2017
10:00 - Brief Welcome & Keynote Speaker: Josh Cooper
11:00 - Breakout 1
11:45 - Networking
12:00 - Lunch
12:30 - NGO Fair & Creative Submissions
1:30 - Breakout 2
2:30 - Dance Party & Ice Cream Social
3:00 - Thank You’s/Closing
Breakout Session Descriptions
Breakout Session 1
“Razia’s Ray of Hope”
Explore what privilege means through interactive experiences and how we can help girls in Afghanistan through the
NGO Razia’s Ray of Hope.
Hear from Molokaʻi students who are conducting research on mosquitoborne illnesses and finding effective methods
of reducing mosquito populations, and learn about a little known species, ʻopeʻapeʻa, the Hawaiian hoary bat.
Hear from students who created disaster preparation plans for their school in the case of a tsunami, hurricane,
earthquake, or fire, and learn how you can create plans for your school and family.
Globally, we waste enough food to feed the world’s 870 million hungry. Through handson activities, learn about the
issue of food waste in Hawaiʻi, nationally and globally, and what you can do to become a part of the solution.
“Water Security and Indigenous Rights”
Water, one of our most vital resources, is constantly being sacrificed for money and greed. Learn about what students are doing to get involved with the Dakota Access pipeline issue and explore specific types of activism you can engage in to protect what is important.
Learn about a student’s experience on becoming passionate about global issues, particularly with the focus on reducing the need for emigration. Consider your own interests and ideas, and participate in an activity to find out what motivates you and how you can make a meaningful difference and change the world.
Learn more about the Syrian refugee crisis, the implementation of a school action project, and a drive to help raise
awareness and collect supplies to send to refugee camps in Greece.
“Red Hill Fuel Storage Tanks”
Explore the current environmental issue(s) regarding Red Hill, the potential environmental impacts of the leakage of old fuel containers, and how you can get involved.
Breakout Session 2
Learn about what the Digital Divide means for different groups, explore useful curriculum and resources, and become
involved with projects in your local area.
“SingleUse Plastics: Climate Change/Marine Life”
Get firsthand feedback from a school that implemented a plastic waste management system, and their potential plans
for extending the movement into their surrounding community.
“Education for All”
Learn more about the rights to education of children with physical disabilities in Zimbabwe.
Help raise awareness for domestic violence as both a local and global issue by learning about the pervasiveness and
dangers of such situations, how to recognize the signs, and what to do.
“Mental Health/Eating Disorders”
Gain a better understanding of eating disorders, other mental illnesses, and the stigma that surrounds them, and be
inspired to take action.
“Coral Reef Bleaching”
Learn more about climate change and the impact on coral reefs.
“A lesson in Plastic Pollution & Student Activism”
A focus on taking action to reduce singleuse plastics, how to eliminate them in your community, and ways to repurpose or creatively upcycle singleuse plastics to help fundraise for nonplastic alternatives.
Mahalo nui loa to the following sponsors who helped make this event possible:
2016-17 Global Issues Network Kick Off Event (Tuesday, September 27)
The 2016-17 Global Issues Network (GIN) Kick-Off event took place on Tuesday, September 27 and was attended by approximately 70 students and 30 educators, from 13 schools. A big mahalo to Family Promise, Opterra Energy, 'Olelo, Pacific Gateway Center and the Sierra Club for connecting with the GIN students and sharing their expertise. A very special thanks to the Pacific Buddhist Academy and their students for the warm reception and for hosting the event!
"Thanks again to the organizers for having us at the GIN event last week. Our students were definitely energized by being among many like-minded peers who are undertaking projects in their own communities. And with such a small student body, it's great to make any kind of connections!"
Matthew Manley, High School Humanities, Asia Pacific International School, Hawai'i
What is GIN?
Students engage in real issues that require urgent attention
Students take knowledge and translate it into positive action
Students take ownership of program, and as a result take leadership
Students build and use networks
Activities are collaborative - not competitive
Showcase existing programs in schools that deal with global issues
Sharing ideas - making connections - creating networks
Connecting students with NGOs and experts in the field
Discussion and debate on global issues
40+ Student led conferences
Measurable impact spanning 10 years
80,000 students from over 100 nationalities
12+ conferences programmed for the coming year
GIN is open to all schools with a high school. Schools that go through 8th grade may form a team of 8th graders.