The program offers technical workshops, webinars, guest lectures, interactive activities, and virtual office hours to teach Eco Ambassadors (students concerned with sustainability challenges) about geospatial information systems (GIS), the SDGs, and the power of storytelling. Over the summer, students apply their new skills to a research project and submit their final SDG solutions in an ArcGIS StoryMap. In September, the top three projects are featured at the International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) each year. The virtual Summer program is open to middle and high school students internationally.
Students participating in the program should expect to: gain Knowledge about the SDGs, and engage with an enthusiastic network of scientists, policymakers, climate journalists, researchers, etc., join a network of youth to facilitate the exchange of ideas and brainstorm solutions, learn how to collect, visualize, and map data while developing storytelling methods and create lesson plans to teach their peers. Students will receive a certificate upon completion of the program.
Explore the workshops, StoryMaps, and educational resources curated for previous programs on the SDGs Today website!