The Activist Within You: Your Cause, Your Power

May 12th – 14th, 2021
A Virtual Event

In partnership with Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School, Colegio Los Nogales, Hackley School, Lower Canada College, and St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, Envoys is delighted to offer The Activist Within You: Your Cause, Your Power, a Global High School Conference.

Young people hold the power to change the world. Extraordinary examples have proved this again and again: Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai, and Amanda Gorman are only three of the most famous names of youth activism. This 2.5 day conference looks at the close relationship between global citizenship and youth activism, with the hopes to help participating high school students find their passions and give them the courage to act on them.

This is a student-led virtual conference! Envoys facilitators will be available to support students in their endeavors, but it will be students who will take charge of this experience and make it their own.

Program Details

Age group:  Students aged 14 – 18

Conference Schedule:

Wednesday, May 12th: 4:00 – 6:00 PM EST 

Daily Theme: What Is Global Citizenship? Being a Global Citizen & a Youth Activist 

Thursday, May 13th: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST 

Daily Theme: Your Cause

Friday, May 14th: 11am – 4pm EST 

Daily Theme: Time to Act

Register Your Cohort:


  • $130 USD — Individual Student
  • $340 USD – Small Cohort (Up to 3 participants)
  • $600 USD – Large Cohort (Up to 6 participants)
  • $75 for every additional participant within a registered school cohort

Register before May 8th, 2021

Keynote Speaker:
Sophia Kianni

Sophia is an American climate activist specializing in media and strategy. She is the founder and executive director of Climate Cardinals, an international youth-led nonprofit that works to translate information about climate change into over 100 languages. She represents the United States as the youngest member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. She also works as a national strategist for Fridays for Future, an international spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, and a national partnerships coordinator for This is Zero Hour.

Guest Speakers

Our broad network of expert speakers allows us to connect students with people all around the world who are doing real, meaningful work every day. Each Cause will have an expert speaker who will provide their real-world perspective and have a rich conversation with participating students. 

Speakers will be confirmed by April 11th. 

In the meantime, check out some of our guest speakers below.

Our Expert Speakers

Daily Schedule

Collective Definitions: A Global Citizen

Opening keynote

Students select the cause they identify with and approach their selected cause through:

– Meaning Building Activities

– Guest speakers of their cause

– Pre-project ideation: individual research and jigsaw exercise for feedback

– Identify specific issues to tackle in their communities

– Start coming up with an idea of a Pay It Forward project to bring back to campus

School Delegations collaborate on a project to bring each member’s chosen cause back to campus.

– Project work

– Final presentation

– Closing Keynote & Call to Action

Conference Learning Goals:

Participants will participate in activities designed to help them find their cause, aligning their actions with their values.

Students will understand their power to change the world. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What age group is this conference for?

This is a high school conference for students aged 14 – 18

Are faculty required to attend with the cohort?

A faculty representative should plan to attend the conference as a steward for their school’s cohort. There is no expectation for faculty to facilitate, plan, or lead conference sessions; rather, they are invited as observers and advisors to their cohort.

What platforms do students need to participate in the conference?

Synchronous sessions will be held over Zoom. We will use Google Docs for collaborative activities during the Conference.