Hello, I’m Gianni Espino, a high school student at High Tech High Point Loma, a GLYP alumni and now a SDDC Intern. I have had many great experiences with the other students and teachers throughout a lot of the GLYP programs. I’ve been a part of Ocean Conservation, confronting racism & inequality worldwide, climate action: how to keep 1.5 alive, and an Introduction to International Relations. All of which are different modules. These all have had a different educational learning experience within their simulations. In these simulations, you and a group will act out actual problems that are going to happen or are happening around the world. You would act like a country or an imaginary country and try to solve an international affair. We have predetermined international affairs related to current and future global leader tasks. The GLYP experiences have allowed me to meet a lot of the SDDC team. They are very professional and experienced in International Relations and current affairs. Which has affected me with educational experiences and given me the upper hand on diplomacy at a young age.
The GLYP experience has affected me to better understand problems that are not just happening here in the US, but in other countries as well. This allowed me to see how diplomacy around international relations takes place and to meet new people at the same time. It has allowed for many to make friends and bond with people that are interested in the same international affairs that I am. Most of which are interested in devoting their time to the problem in the future. GLYP is a great way to make sure you and your group are staying creative with problem solving. The many things in the simulations to consider, like all “countries” goals, Resources, international relations, and statements. Your group can practice their teamwork, research, and presentation abilities by making a presentation about the offered assignment. I enjoyed the program because of the freedom it allowed to problem solve as a group. Also, understanding current international problems and affairs that are going on, allowing research and notes on the presentations.
The Global Leadership Youth Program has led me to become a better and more confident presenter of ideas in and out of school. This allowed me to become more interested in current international affairs. Recent connections I saw from the Russia–European Union gas dispute of 2022 and the oil crisis of 1979. Not only did the GLYP modules allow me to be more aware of international affairs. It also is now allowing me to intern at the SDDC as an official communications and marketing Intern. Background marketing is one of my current interests in college. This experience of which I’m thankful for and interested in continuing. My interest in international relations and affairs has grown and will continue to grow in the future. Without GLYP I don’t know if I would have ever been able to say that.
By Gianni Espino