Get Involved

Get Involved

Every year, secondary school students from the GTA are invited to participate in the Global Ideas Institute (GII) and engage with a global problem. Once a month throughout the year, students attend lectures at the University of Toronto, given by experts in the field, and work alongside university student mentors to develop a solution to the global problem. At the end of the year, every school team presents their idea to a panel of experts at a full-day event.

GII offers students the opportunity to:

  • Develop multiple perspectives on global issues
  • Learn about social innovation and global citizenship
  • Enhance problem-solving skills
  • Acquire greater knowledge of a real-world problem
  • Strengthen teamwork skills
  • Engage with University of Toronto student mentors
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Experience presenting to and receiving feedback from field experts

Interested in taking part in the 2019-20 Global Ideas Institute Program? Here’s how to get involved:


Contact us by email to request a registration package, being sure to note whether you represent a public or private school.


Recruit and select up to eight (8) students for involvement in the GII program. Running a formal application process within your school is optional; the recruitment process is left to school and teachers’ discretion


Assemble a school application package (provided by the GII Program), including:
A. School application form
B. Signed media waiver for each student participant and teacher*
C. Signed general consent form for each student *
D. Complete payment of program fee (by cheque)
*Note: all student forms must be signed by legal parent/guardian


Submit school application package by mail to:
Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
315 Bloor St. West
Toronto ON  M5S 0A7


Due to very limited space, schools that do not submit their application by the deadline listed in the package will forego their space in the GII program.

For GII, we ask for the following commitment: a teacher champion and a student team of up to eight (8) students; and a teacher to accompany student teams for mandatory monthly U of T presentations by renowned experts in brief lectures at the U of T St. George Campus.

Student teams must commit to meet with U of T student mentors after each lecture, where they will be guided through the problem-solving processes. Student teams must be able to attend a day-long Final Symposium in April where student teams will present their strategy/solution.

If you have any questions, please feel free to Contact Us.

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