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The Global Engagement Summit (GES), through our annual Summit, yearlong programming, and staff curriculum, builds the capacity of the next generation of change-makers. By identifying talented, young individuals, providing skills training and connecting driven students with innovative thought leaders, GES empowers them to produce responsible and sustainable solutions to shared global problems. In addition to tangible outcomes, resources, and opportunities, GES also strives to provide a forum for discussing critical issues and evaluating why we want to "do good well." Through GES, students can connect in order to: share challenging ideas, explore the realms of social entrepreneurship and community development, and equip themselves with the tools needed to take their social ventures beyond good intentions. Above all, GES hopes to foster a greater sense of community among the world's young people through partnerships in change, with a view toward a better tomorrow. Engage Chicago will be held April 14th-17th, and GES 2013 will be held April 17th-21st.

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required. Note that all short answers and the short essay are required.

If you have any technical issues filling out the application, contact tech@theges.org. If you have general questions about the content of the application, check out the FAQ or contact international@theges.org.

First Time
Home Address
Contact Address

If different from above, enter the contact information that should be used for correspondence with GES. Please make sure this is a working mail-to address for important documents.

My contact address and information are the same as my permanent information listed above.

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Background Information

Short Answer Section Please answer the questions below in 150 words or less.

Short Essay Please answer the question below in 400 words or less.

Project Proposal GES is designed to facilitate delegate project growth and development. All delegates must submit a 400-500 word project proposal when applying. Throughout the Summit, GES staff and facilitators will assist in improving and finalizing this proposal. At the end of the conference, all delegates will have the opportunity to apply for “Outcome Opportunities,” such as fund raising support, pro bono consultations, media coverage, and more, to help further their projects.
  1. The issue/problem your project addresses
  2. The method for addressing the issue
  3. The resources needed for implementation
  4. Problems you anticipate facing
Your demonstration of the proposal’s potential for success and feasibility is extremely important. There is no limit to the scale or location of this project, but you must demonstrate your awareness of the issues you face based on where you are proposing to work or how big your goals are. Novelty and creativity are valuable to us.

Project Stage


Beginning Implementation

In Progress


Areas of Interest

Appropriate Technology For Project Implementation
Community Development
Education and Youth
Fair Trade
Food and Water Issues
Gender Issues
Global Health
Green Technology

Internet and Communications Technology
Nonprofit/For-profit Models
Nonprofit Capacity Building
Refugee and Migration Issues
Social Entrepreneurship
Social Media
Sustainable Development

Please submit one 250 word reference letter detailing your leadership skills and motivations to make change in your community. The letter must be submitted directly by a teacher/professor, mentor or employer. Email letters in English to: international@theges.org with YOUR NAME in the subject line.

Thank you for applying to GES 2013. Applications are due January 04, 2013 and applicants selected to be delegates will be notified in January 2013. By clicking submit, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions below. Please review them. Due to difficulties in acquiring a United States Visa, we recommend that you begin the application process for a Visa now, regardless of whether or not you have been invited as a delegate.

*Please be aware that you must click submit when your application is complete in order for it to be received. If you choose to save and continue your application at another time, it will only be considered when it is completed and submitted as such.

Terms and Conditions for International Student Applicants