The program has three components:
- At Home
In the months leading up to attending the 2018 IBSC Student Forum in Gold Coast, each boy will identify and engage in a service learning project in his local community in partnership with a local agency. The project should involve face-to-face contact, requiring at least four to six hours of commitment each month.
Starting in March 2018, boys will engage in a monthly online curriculum of readings, videos, and audio materials that explore the question of how myriad groups with differing views can come together to reach a solution. The leaders of the IBSC Student Forum and their team designed the curriculum specifically for the forum. Boys must create and post responses through a variety of online media. Each monthly exercise will take about one hour to complete. In local service and as a member of this online community, the boys will consider the needs of their local communities, research and strategize how to raise funds, increase awareness, and change perspectives about the issues they are studying.
- In Gold Coast, Australia
The boys will convene in Gold Coast July 4 - 9, to participate in a program of activities focusing on the theme Creating Leaders for a Changing World. The forum will offer workshops, day trips, keynote speakers, and the collaborative development of an initiative/program. We hope boys will use their new knowledge and experience to help their schools and communities when they return home.
Room and board will be provided at The Southport School. During their stay in Gold Coast, students will be supervised by the leadership team of the IBSC Student Forum, assisted by the mentors.
Registration costs US $1,000 for each student and US $1,000 for each mentor.
Student registration fees include room and board at The Southport School, all meals, ground transportation, and entrance fees to all planned activities during the 2018 IBSC Student Forum. Mentor registration fees include accommodations at The Southport School and full access to the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference at the conclusion of the Student Forum.
Registration does not include the cost of air travel to and from Australia, any out-of-country medical insurance, discretionary pocket money, and other personal necessities.