IMMERSE YOURSELF IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. MEET EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE. LEARN TO LEAD. FIND YOUR PASSION. BE A GLOBAL SCHOLAR!
American University. July 20 – August 2, 2014!
Global Scholar is an intensive global leadership program for high school students who are eager to build a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. We empower young leaders who possess a firm understanding of global challenges, are confident in their ability to lead others, and have the skills and vision to make change happen. Join us!
Global Scholar is a fast-paced, skills-focused program that empowers young global leaders to confront the biggest challenges facing our generation, while building their own leadership, professional and personal skills. Program highlights include:
- Policy Seminars with experts working on key global challenges. In addition to receiving an in-depth introduction to the global system, scholars will learn from leaders and experts working on the most pressing challenges facing us today. Issues include human rights, international security, the global economy, climate change, the rights of women and girls, and more.
- A Global Leadership Seminar, to build the skills young leaders need to inspire and motivate groups, envision social change, and build effective programs and projects.
- A Strategic Communications Seminar, covering basics for motivating the public around issues, working with both print and social media, developing effective messages, and social marketing. This seminar includes intensive workshops on public speaking and persuasive writing.
- A Social Change and Innovation Clinic, during which Scholars will explore pathways for changing the world including public service, advocacy and social entrepreneurship. The clinic culminates with Scholars developing a project or campaign to launch in their own community. Often, these are really initiatives Scholars launch upon the completion of the program (although that’s not required!). This clinic includes half-day workshops on both policy analysis and campaign/project planning.
- Career Planning Seminar, including a panel with young professionals working in government, corporations and NGOs, as well as a workshop on resume-writing and charting your professional and personal path.
- Visits to Embassies, World Bank, think tanks, and other D.C. institutions. In recent years Scholars have met the Ambassadors from Afghanistan, Bahrain, China and more, toured the World Bank, USAID and State Department, and met with fellows at Brookings, the UN foundation and other prmier instituations.
- Personal meetings with Senator offices on Capitol Hill. At the end of the two week session, students use their skills and knowledge to lobby their senators on an issue important to them. Past participants have discussed discuss foreign policy challenges including the global food crisis and child marriage with their senators, as well as domestic policy that has global implications
- And of course, exploring beautiful Washington D.C. in the summertime! Last year we visited the Smithsonian Museums and Kennedy Center, went to a Nationals Game, and checked out fireworks on the National Mall!
We also partner with leading organizations working on global issues, to provide Scholars with an up-close snapshot of what it’s like to pursue a career in international affairs, mobilize the public around global issues, and work in Washington, D.C. In 2013, our partner organizations included: Care, Action Aid, the Stanley Foundation and the Global Campaign for Education.
Global Scholar is the only summer program on global issues that offers a robust mix of both seminars and skillbuilding workshops; we believe that students shouldn’t just get informed, they should get activated to build a better world.
Participants reported amazing increases in their ability and confidence to effect change. Last year, one hundred percent reported they were more confident identifying problems that need to be addressed in their community, and figuring out what they can do about them. They also overwhelmingly reported increases in their:
- Confidence leading groups
- Skills for making change happen
- Understanding of the power of youth
Our graduates have gone on to do amazing things. A 2011 Scholar is now the President of the Sophomore Class at Columbia University. A 2012 Scholar is now the Coordinator of the AIDemocracy network (our parent organization), while also attending a joint BA/MD honors program at Brooklyn College. Another is launching a version of Global Scholar in her home country of Ghana, and several others have embarked on prestigious gap-year programs in the Middle East, South America and/or Asia before starting college. Many of our graduates have stayed involved with us following the conclusion of the program.
Check out some quotes from our 2013 participants:
Global Scholar was a great way for me to learn more about global issues while simultaneously learning how to reach out and help to fix [challenges] in my community.
Global Scholar far exceeded my expectations! I learned so much, and had fun doing it. I definitely feel more equipped to tackle global issues.
At Global Scholar, you can learn how normal people, the foundation of democracy and great movements in history, can change our world for the better.
An incredible learning experience that helps broaden horizons!
After participating in Global Scholar, I have a more critical eye of world events and global issues. I don’t just accept what is written in the news. I can now read between the lines and think about why a problem happened, who is affected and how it might be resolved.
What makes our programs different? There are lots of great programs out there. Here’s how we’re different:
- We focus on building global leaders who have both the knowledge and the skills to make our world a better place. Most programs just offer coursework. We go beyond the classroom to offer extensive leadership, communications and advocacy training — all of the skills you can’t gain through a purely academic program. Scholars also meet and learn from experts and practitioners working on some of the greatest global challenges facing us today. They also draft real projects or campaigns as part of our campaign innovation clinic.
- We’re affordable. We’re run by a national student organization, and we charge just enough to cover our costs. You’ll find that our programs are significantly less expensive than almost any competitor program (often by as much as half!). This isn’t a business for us; we’re not out to charge students and their families exorbitant fees to participate. Rather, we see this program as our contribution to empowering a generation to build a better world. We offer scholarships (over 30% of participants receive assistance), and can help you fundraise from family and friends to attend.
- The Global Scholar experience extends way beyond the session. We are closely allied with a broader movement of over 30,000 young global citizens taking effecting change on their campuses and in their communities. Scholars have the option of joining this network upon completion of the program, to either lead events on their campuses or help direct our work at the national level. Since 2002, Americans for Informed Democracy (our non-partisan parent organization) has organized thousands of events involving over 100,000 students on campuses across the United States.
Contact us to find out more: email@example.com or 202.709.6172.
Most of our participants are rising high school juniors and seniors. Please get in touch to discuss whether it’s a good fit for you!