Global Issues Club Handbook, edition 2011-2012. This handbook is based on the GILD Bylaws. Please refer to the Bylaws for more detailed information. Questions or comments should be submitted to:GILD1849 Timber Creek DriveColumbia, MO 65202
Note from the Executive Director
In 2004, my friend Melodi invited me to attend a club at my high school. I was always involved in after schoolprograms, so I thought I might enjoy it. Making the choice to attend that meeting changed my life.Through the club, I had the opportunity to learn about the world and to think critically in ways I never had. Thatyear, we learned about HIV/AIDS, but not in the context of health only. We discussed the issue of pharmaceuticalcompanies making money through patents and making it hard to for vulnerable populations to access life-savingmedications. From a political perspective, we talked about presidents of other countries and the politics that guidethe ways that different countries deal with HIV/AIDS. One of the most interesting aspects of this issue we learnedabout was the various cultural responses and perceptions of those who are infected and how their societies treatthem. To facilitate our learning, we read books and articles, watched films and video and talked to people whoworked in this field.The pivotal cha
nge in my life stemmed from our club’s collaboration with
an organization called Partners in Health.For a week, my club members and I planned a series of activities to raise money and educate our classmates.During that week, one member talked about how her and her friends were discussing HIV/AIDS, and she sharedthe knowledge she acquired as part of the club with her friends. I was amazed that a group of high school studentswere capable of influencing their peers or starting conversations about a controversial topic. That experienceshowed me that you
teach others about unfamiliar or misunderstood issues; help them find ways to relate tothe issues in their own lives and perhaps impact their behaviors in a positive way.The overriding goal for Global Issues Club is to present an opportunity for high school students to learn aboutglobal issues and to understand the role of key players, causes and consequences involved. Through GILD, we wantstudents to gain new skills, become interested in what they learn and truly value their ability to make an impact.Other words, we want students to become socially conscious citizens of the world, their countries and theircommunities.As you start a Global Issues Club at your school, you will have the opportunity to work alongside other studentswho share your passion about the world. You will work alongside students in your club who are eager to contributeand impact the world in a positive way. There will also be lots of challenges; maybe your school does not share thepriorities of your club. Keep forging ahead! And in the words of Margaret Mea
ever doubt that a small groupof thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.