What is the Global Engagement Summit?

We are a student-run social innovation conference that gathers young change makers from around the world to collaborate, discuss and further their social ventures.

The Global Engagement Summit believes that by connecting and empowering students we can begin to meet pressing social needs.

Together, we develop and put into action effective social ventures.


What we do

Every spring, we hold a week-long summit full of programming, mentorship, and a pitch competition in Evanston, Illinois. Our delegates come from around the world to grow their projects and connect with other young change makers.

Learn more about our programming


Applications for the 2020 Summit are open NOW.

Are you a young change maker with the desire to make an impact?

The Summit is a week-long conference held every April at Northwestern University. Delegates from around the world arrive with change-based projects that can tackle any social change from education to healthcare to sustainability. Join the community and apply today.


Meet our team

All year, our staff works tirelessly, engaging in discussions about social issues, planning programming, and providing support to our delegates to make the Summit the best experience it could possibly be.

Meet our executive board


“I was amazed by people who want to push others for progress and to have social impact. We are a community of young people and we discuss ideas to challenge each other.”

- Joel Gasana, 2018 GES Delegate / 2018 Recap Video


Get Involved


Apply for the summit

If you are someone with a social impact project under the age of 30, apply to the 2020 Summit.

Contribute to the summit

If you would like to become a sponsor, provide an outcome, or sponsor a delegate reach out at the email below.