Student Global Leadership Institute
The Student Global Leadership Institute explores leadership development characterized by creativity, a capacity for problem solving, collaboration, communication, and multicultural perspectives by engaging students in team-developed community service projects, addressing worldwide issues such as the environment, economics, and globalization.
The yearlong program includes an intensive two-week summit at Punahou, during which students participate in workshops, discussions, and field trips that help them develop social-action projects suitable for their home cities – and the collaborative style of leadership needed to carry them out.
Students implement these projects during their senior year, aided by a customized computer network that allows them to track their progress, support one another through online discussions, broaden their social perspective, and exchange ideas with different cultures. A diverse network of mentors, including faculty, nonprofit leaders, and entrepreneurs, provide support.
Interacting socially and intellectually, students and faculty alike experience different perspectives in new ways. Simply sharing our culture and stories with each other is one of the most meaningful aspects of SGLI. Additionally, SGLI students are empowered to learn from industry leaders in the field. The focus of the 2013 conference revolved around food issues in one’s community. Students engaged politicians and farmers, helped to build a sustainable fish pond, and were challenged to use this knowledge to impact their school communities back at home. Bill Brady, Director of Leadership
Headquartered at Punahou School in Honolulu, the Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI) is an annual initiative made possible by generous grants from the Edward E. Ford Foundation, the Education Research Initiative, the Freeman Foundation, and the Luke Center for Chinese Studies.
Comprised of top independent schools from around the globe, the purpose of the SGLI is to develop an international community of youth leaders who understand and are engaged in shared global challenges, and who galvanize positive social change.