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

New, extended deadline: Scholarship Applications must be received by January 10th 2019

Click here to learn about the 2019 Application Process

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.

NCWA Scholarship Application Process

Program Eligibility: The Naples Council on World Affairs (NCWA) 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

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

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

Fees: All program fees, room and board are covered by the scholarship awarded by NCWA.  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.

Application Process: Apply by filling out the scholarship application form below and returning it to NCWA by the deadline indicated on the form. You will be interviewed in your school by members of the NCWA and then notified of your acceptance for a scholarship. Do not submit applications to the Governor's Institute directly until you were selected by NCWA for a scholarship.

Fill out application form >>> Submit to NCWA by January 1st >>> Faculty recommendations are due by January 7th >>> Selection of scholarship recipients by NCWA Outreach Committee >>> NCWA scholarship winners apply at Governor's Institute >>> Accepted students immerse in the summer program at Governor's Institute >>> Returning students submit an essay to NCWA describing their experience (requirement)<<<

>>>Click here for the 2019 Governor's Institute Scholarship Application Form<<<

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.

The following are excerpts from student essays:

At the Governor’s Institute in Vermont, I formed friendships and interacted with students from Spain, Ireland, China and Iraq. We discussed a lot of the world’s pressing problem in our “issues groups.” I chose to be part of the Refugees and Immigration issue group, because I knew the least about this problem and I saw participating in this workshop as a chance to make sense out of the refugee crises occurring in our world….There were a lot of other activities and lessons that would not have been as meaningful if it weren’t for my classmates. Hearing everyone’s perspectives was so refreshing, and I tried to learn as much about other countries as I could during our time together. Before this program, I had never spoken to so many people that live in another country. I made friendships that I know will last a lifetime…. GIV allowed me to immerse myself into learning about other cultures and countries—and increased my desire to travel internationally.

Adventures we seek bring gifts to ourselves that one simply cannot buy. My time in Vermont was the adventure that just keeps on gifting in ways I never could have imagined. The GIV can be described in a few words: different, empowering, challenging. Before the program, I had never held a conversation with someone from Iraq and it was eye-opening to highlight our similarities while noting our differences. The same is to be said about my interactions with the Irish and Spanish students. Those conversations helped me realize I want to continuously work toward an international-oriented future that will allow me to travel, educate myself, and help the lives of others abroad and at home.

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