Wo International Center’s Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI) was launched at Punahou in 2010, and has inspired a community of international youth leaders who are engaged in understanding shared global challenges and who galvanize positive social change. In 2016, a second SGLI was introduced in Hyderabad, India, at Oakridge International School. Each year, a theme is chosen to guide students’ thinking. This year’s theme is peace.
What is SGLI? The yearlong program includes an intensive two-week summit at Punahou School or Oakridge International School in the summer, during which students from around the world participate in workshops, discussions and field trips that help them develop social-action projects suitable for their home cities.
Students implement the 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 across different cultures.
SGLI was started with founding grants from the Edward E. Ford Foundation and the Education Research Initiative (a partnership of Lenovo, Microsoft and Intel) with additional support from the Luke Center for Chinese Studies and The Freeman Foundation. Continuing generous support has been provided by the Stephen E. and Isabella H. Stevens World Peace Foundation, and the Jhamandas Watumull Fund.
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