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THEME THE NEW NORMAL: IMAGINING A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD
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MODEL G20

The Model G20 (MG20) is a 5-day virtual summit where high schoolers from around the world convene for a true-to-life simulation of the G20 Summit — an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 19 countries and the European Union.

Through a series of workshops, formal and informal negotiations, and working in intercontinental teams, students hone their cross-cultural communication, strategic thinking, and leadership craft. Simulating roles of heads of state and ministerial members of the G20, students engage with the most pressing global challenges and explore collaborative solutions with their peers.

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Number of nationalities
in previous
Knovva summits: 38+
Knovva Academy is the only
official knowledge partner
of the G20 2020
Committee
Our summit features the
brightest students from
leading schools
across the world
Featuring a panel of experts from Harvard, MIT, Columbia, White House, McKinsey and CNN
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MG20 VIRTUAL SUMMITAT A GLANCE

THEME THE NEW NORMAL: IMAGINING A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD

Model G20 delegates cooperate as international organizations, leading the response to seismic shifts in the economic, educational, social, and political landscapes posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We focus and deepen our students’ understanding of government spending.
We audit and deepen their conceptions of international diplomacy.

We explore how the pandemic that overtook the world has challenged national bodies to adapt, transform, and sustain optimism for an economically vibrant future.

0
October 3
Warm-Up
  • These activities are asynchronous. You’ll get to virtually introduce yourself to your team members, post on the Community Forum, and choose primary and secondary roles within your group.
01
October 4
Understanding
the Long-Term Effects of
COVID-19
  • 8:00 AM ET

    Summit Opening Ceremony

  • 8:15 AM ET

    Round Table Meeting I

  • 9:10 AM ET

    Meeting with Dr. Don Goldmann
    Lessons from History: The Aftereffects of Pandemics

  • 10:30 AM ET

    Workshop: Introduction to Governmental Spending

  • 10:50 AM ET

    Round Table Meeting II

02
October 10
Budgeting and Policymaking
  • 8:00 AM ET

    Morning Meeting

  • 8:10 AM ET

    Round Table Meeting III

  • 9:10 AM ET

    Guest Speaker Jonathan Fantini Porter
    Policy in 2021: How Federal Budgets Affect Policymaking

  • 10:30 AM ET

    Ministerial Meeting I,
    Deciding Committee Conference I

03
October 11
Global Economy
  • 8:00 AM ET

    Morning Meeting

  • 8:10 AM ET

    Ministerial Meeting II

  • 9:10 AM ET

    Discussion with Advisory

  • 10:30 AM ET

    Round Table Meeting IV

04
October 17
Press
Conference
  • 8:00 AM ET

    Morning Plenary and Welcome

  • 08:10 AM ET

    Head of State Presentations

  • 08:50 AM ET

    Break

  • 09:00 AM ET

    Ministerial Presentations

  • 10:50 AM ET

    Voting Break

  • 11:30 AM ET

    Closing Ceremony

Learning
objectives

  • How can nations strengthen frontline service for pandemic response?
  • Faced with urgent short-term needs, what trade-offs was your country required to make, and how will you rebalance your priorities in the coming years?
  • How can nations work to simultaneously rebuild their own economies while reforging the economic links between countries?
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$ 99

SPEAKERS/SESSION LEADERS 2020
MEET THE EXPERTS

This year’s lineup of speakers features a panel of leading immunologists,
educationists, and governance experts from around the world.

  • DR.DON GOLDMANN

    Professor of Immunology, Infectious Diseases, and Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health

  • PATRICA LOAZADA

    Chair of Model G20 Committee MPA, Harvard Kennedy School

  • JONATHAN FANTINI

    Expert Consultant, MCKINSEY AND CO. MPA, Harvard Kennedy School

  • Amy Hubbard

    Senior Curriculum Designer at Knovva Academy. She is adept at creating online curricula and delivering in-person workshops for teachers and students from around the world

  • Martha McMorran

    Curriculum Designer at Knovva Academy. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education, with a focus on Human Development and Psychology

WE’VE DONE THIS BEFORE
Y7 Virtual Summit

We’ve always crafted our summits as a platform for the best and the brightest students in the world to come together. In response to COVID-19, we’ve shifted all of our 2020 summits online since students still needed collaborative platforms and experiences. We meticulously planned all of our virtual conferences to be holistic learning experiences to match our physical summits, and are pleased to announce that they were well received by students and schools alike.

Earlier this year, Knovva partnered with the 2020 G7 Youth Summit, initiated by the US Department of State and the White House, and hosted our first Virtual 2020 Global Youth Leadership Conference.

Participating Schools

Previous Knovva Model
G20 Summits have
featured these leading schools:

Northlands School

Argentina

Sydney Boys High School

Australia

The Scots College

Australia

Luther College High School

Canada

Colegio Jorge Washington

Columbia

Colegio Panamericano

Columbia

Daly College

India

Aitchison College

Pakistan

Robert College of Istanbul

Turkey

BINUS SCHOOL Serpong

Indonesia

Shibuya Junior and Senior High School

Japan

Merchant Taylors School

U.K

British International School of Boston

USA

Boston Latin School

USA

Poly Prep Country Day School

USA

Rivermont Collegiate

USA

The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China

China

The Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal University

China

Tsinghua University High School

China

Past Destinations

Previous Knovva Model G20 Summits have been held in:

Boston
Cambridge
Mexico City
Beijing
Tokyo

MODEL G20 VIRTUAL SUMMIT

Come as strangers, Leave as friends

Meet

Previous Knovva Model G20 Summits have featured students from 38+ countries, a diverse, multicultural melting pot of the brightest minds across the world.

Engage

Sharpen your skills in negotiation, debating, writing, and public speaking.

Role-play

The fate of the free world is in your hands: Take on roles as governments, ministers, and delegates, and form novel solutions to pressing problems.

ALUMNI PROFILES: MODEL G20

A majority of Model G20 Alumni have gone on to attend the world’s best
universities, such as Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell,
NYU, Boston University, and Imperial College London.

  • Federico R.

    Model G20 ’17
    Harvard University ’23

    At the 2017 Model G20, Federico took home a well-deserved award for best delegate. Since attending, Federico has gone on to serve as an Economic Development and Neighborhood Committee Member for the City of Boston where he worked to allocate city funding to area youth.

  • Jennifer Z.

    MODEL G20 - ’18, ’19
    COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ’23

    Jenn has participated in the Model G20 Summit numerous times and even made it to our next level program, Task Force, where she was able to work with the Y20! She is a true leader in every sense of the word and when she gives a speech everyone listens. With motivation and drive beyond her years, she’s ready to change the world.

  • Sebastian S.

    MODEL G20 - ’17, ’18
    PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ’24

    During his time at the Model G20 Summit, it was quickly apparent that this young leader was going places. With a full plate of activities in high school from National Honor Society, soccer, mock trials, political awareness club, science team, and orchestra, we’re thrilled that he made the time to attend our groundbreaking summit.

  • Alvin C.

    MODEL G20 - ’17, ’18, ’19
    MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ’23

    Alvin has participated in three Model G20 Summits and loves the summit portion of the program the most. “During the last three days we had to research our topics depending on our ministry. I was the health minister, so I had to research about pollution and how it affects public health.” We’re sure Alvin will put his research skills to good use during his time at MIT!

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What you get

$299

$99

  • All access pass to the Model G20 Virtual Summit
  • All learning materials including video courses, MG20 training and on-boarding materials, program guidelines, handbooks and text books
  • Certificate of Completion to include into your cv, and potentially an award to boost your resume
  • College level lectures, workshops and online courses designed by Harvard Alumni and Scholars

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Voices from the MG20 Community

“I definitely am looking forward to being part of more such events, utilizing my knowledge to bring about positive changes in my immediate environment not only in life at home but also in and outside of school.” - Adya S, India

“It was awesome to see people from around the world coming together to discuss the issues of tomorrow. I learned so much about people from other cultures and what their perspectives on policy were, and I felt as though I grew a lot from that.” - Matthew R, United States

“Seeing real life policy making, having new international friends, even though we’re only meeting virtually, we got along really well.” - Elizabeth H, Indonesia

“This program inspired me to become the Minister of Youth Affairs to provide a platform for young people to share their thoughts. It also helped me think critically. I really love it and would love to participate more in the future!” - Tamaki H, Japan

Students enrolled in the Model G20 Virtual Summit must have regular access to a computer with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Students are expected to log in to Knovva Academy’s platform and Zoom to attend online simulation sessions. If any sessions require students to have additional software, students will be notified of these requirements in advance.

No. While native English speakers might find it easier to participate verbally, we have numerous channels to ensure that all voices are included.

Yes, of course! The Model G20 Virtual Summit welcomes high school students from all around the world, even those without Model G20 Summit experience.

The program fee is non-refundable once the application is complete.

Participating in the Model G20 Virtual Summit will demonstrate to college admissions officers that you are committed to growing your leadership skills, developing your practical understanding of international affairs, and broadening your perspective as a global citizen. Studies show that high school students who participate in extracurricular activities are more likely to have higher grades, test scores, and aspirations for college. Knovva Academy students often attend top colleges and universities, and we attribute their success to their vibrant spirit of inquiry and their willingness to thoughtfully engage in Model G20 while keeping their grades high.

Model G20 Virtual Summit participants spend five days engaged in a role-playing game via Zoom, while mG20 in Action club members meet once a week during the school year, and collaborate online using Knovva Academy’s community forum. Both activities include opportunities to learn, collaborate with peers, engage in hands-on simulations, and speak publicly.

The fee is $299 USD per student for the October 2020 cohort. This fee covers all guest speakers and supports the teachers who facilitate each team.

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