Naples Council
World Affairs
Our mission is to educate, inspire and engage our community in international affairs and critical global issues

The 2018 application process is closed. 2019 applications will be available later this year.

Governor's Institute on Current Issues 
             and Youth Activism

- Explore pressing global issues and develop leadership skills for creating change -


This inspiring two-week program – held on the School for International Training’s (SIT) Graduate Institute campus in southeastern Vermont – brings together 80 to 90 diverse young global citizens from around the US and abroad.  It is designed to cultivate in its participants critical leadership and activism skills necessary to get involved and make a difference in the participants’ home communities.  Students engage in daily issues and skills workshops, simulations and project activities.  They meet with dynamic guest speakers including politicians, activists, and local leaders.

Program highlights include participation in a UN Security Council simulation and Model Congress and the opportunity to practice activism skills by marching in Brattleboro, Vermont’s July 4th parade to raise awareness about special topical issues.  On the final day, participants present exhibits or social issue art performances of their own creation.  The program includes activities such as field trips, sports, campfires, canoeing, a New England barn dance, drumming, and hikes. 

Participants are challenged to find solutions to the problems that directly impact young people and leave with new knowledge, skills, and inspiration for getting involved in current events and world affairs.

Accommodations: Residence halls on SIT’s campus in Brattleboro, Vermont

Duration and Dates: 14 days – Usually last week in June and first week in July.

Fees. All program fees, room and board are covered by the scholarship awarded by The Naples Council on World Affairs.  Student winners are responsible for their roundtrip airfare to Bradley Airport in Connecticut where they will be picked up and taken to the Governor’s Institute.

Program Eligibility: The Naples Council on World Affairs is looking for Juniors from Collier County who demonstrate an interest in global issues, politics and activism and are interested in meeting and interacting with diverse peers from around the US and several countries abroad.

Application Process: Students may apply to The Governor’s Institute, The Experiment in International Living and to the Georgetown International Affairs week program by using the application below. They may apply to one program or to all three programs.  They will be interviewed in their schools by members of the Naples Council on World Affairs and then notified of their acceptance in one of the programs.

NB – The  application for all three scholarship programs and Expectations of Student GIV Scholarship winners are listed below.

We congratulate the 2018 winners!

Morgan Jones (Marco Island Academy)

Lauren DeHooghe (Marco Island Academy)

Lisandra Mesa (Golden Gate)

We thank all the members of the Selection Committee, which was generously chaired by Linda Crescenzi.

GIV 2017 Scholarship Winners and essays describing their experience at the Institute:

Import Documents and Forms: 

The 2018 application process is closed. 2019 applications will be available later this year.

Click here to download the 2018 NCWA Governor's Institute Application (PDF format)



Naples Council on World Affairs
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