Fifth Statewide Wisconsin Youth Summit 2017

March 04, 2017

170 students from over 30 schools and 70 educators gathered for a full day of learning experiences. 

Schedules for the event are available here (for students) and here (for teachers). 

Find the DPI press release here.  Resources used during the teacher workshop are available here.

Read a nice description of the student event here and view photos that capture the energy of the day here.


Fourth Wisconsin Youth Summit 2016

February 20, 2016

The 2016 Wisconsin Global Youth Summit will be held at the University of Wisconsn - Milwaukee on February 20, 2016. Registration is now open. Please contact Nicole Palasz at for details. 

Click here for the summit flyer. Read a brief description here

Third Global Youth Summit 2015

February 28, 2015

The third Youth Summit returned to Union South at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Find information here.

Second Gobal Youth Summit 2014

February 22, 2014

Educators from over 30 Wisconsin high schools and youth organizations brought their students to the 2nd Annual Global Youth Summit on Saturday, February 22, an initiative of the Department of Public Instruction that was hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Institute of World Affairs. Throughout the entirely youth-run summit, students from urban, rural, and suburban schools found themselves immersed in conversations with international students and their peers about what it means to be a part of a global society, what languages they are learning or interested in learning, what it means to study abroad and where they may like to go, and what global challenges they are most concerned about. Their teachers also came together in a separate summit to conduct parallel discussions about global education. The day can perhaps be summed up best through the slogan written by one group of participants as a caption to a poster they created: “Globally aware, culturally sensitive, dare to be diverse.” The next Global Youth Summit will be held in Madison on February 28, 2015. 

Regional Symposium at Oregon High School

December 14, 2013

Oregon Social Studies Teacher Lou Kindschi organized this regional Global Youth Summit at her school, assisted  by colleagues, the UW Division for International Studies and the Department of Public Instruction. Separate events for students and teachers featured linguistic and cultural learning opportunities and conversations with business representatives as well as colleagues from schools in Wisconsin, Illinois, New York and Georgia. Click for a program of the event here

First Global Youth Summit 2013

February 23, 2013

This first summit brought together about 80 high school students and 40 adults -- mostly teachers-- for a day of inspiration about exploring global issues. The day was a huge success with some students commenting that this had been one of their best experiences EVER! Read more here, see the DPI press release and view pictures taken during the day and watch a short video.

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