American University. July 19 – July 31, 2015

Calling all young global leaders! Global Scholar is a life-changing global leadership program for students who are eager to build a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

We provide the training, knowledge and support young leaders need to succeed. Through meetings with foreign policy experts, workshops in leadership and communications, and drafting a real project or campaign to launch in their community, Global Scholars gain a rare and powerful set of skills that enables them to succeed in school, and in life.

Now in our ninth year, Global Scholar will once again be based at American University in beautiful Washington, D.C.

Our approach:
We believe young global leaders need both knowledge and skills to make a difference. Our program includes seminars in international affairs, workshops on social change and leadership, and meetings with experts and decision makers. Learning is hands-on and fun; using simulations, group projects, video and more, our small-group format enables us to focus on the growth and learning of each participant.

Program highlights include:

  • Seminars with policy experts on the biggest global challenges facing our generation, including climate change, the rights of women and girls, security, global hunger and more.
  • Visits to embassies, Capitol Hill, think tanks and other D.C. institutions. In recent years Scholars have met the Ambassadors from Afghanistan, Bahrain and Niger, toured the World Bank, USAID and State Department, and met with their Senator’s offices on Capitol Hill.
  • Global Crisis Simulation. Scholars will be challenged to apply their new skills through a fun, fast-paced and real-time simulation of an evolving global challenge.
  • Social Change and Innovation Clinic. This includes workshops on social change, leadership, communications, public speaking, policy making and advocacy. Scholars also write a policy memo and draft a campaign or project to launch back at home.
  • Career Panel, during which Scholars meet with young professionals working for the government, non-profit organizations, think tanks and social enterprises. Our small group format guarantees Scholars will have lots of time to ask questions and get advice!
  • And of course, exploring beautiful Washington, D.C. in the summertime! We visit the Smithsonian museums, go to a Washington Nationals game, and more! Making friendships that last a lifetime is a big part of the Global Scholar experience.

Training the next generation of global leaders: 

Participants report amazing increases in their understanding of global challenges, and their confidence as leaders. We are the only program that emphasizes both issues and skills. 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, and understanding of the power of youth.

Our graduates have gone on to do amazing things. They have assumed leadership positions of everything from local school clubs to national youth organizations, embarked upon exciting gap year and/or language programs before college, and been admitted to prestigious universities across the country. And many of our graduates have stayed involved with us following the conclusion of the program; we’re particularly proud of that fact, given the focus of this program is to inspire action on the long-term!

The Global Scholar difference:

  • We are run by a national youth organization, with over a decade of experience empowering youth to understand and speak out about global issues. Over 100,000 students have participated in our programs.
  • We focus on building global leaders. We equip our participants with both knowledge and skills.
  • We are a small program. Our size allows us to focus on the growth and learning of each participant.
  • We’re affordable. We’re the most competitively-priced program out there, and offer scholarships!
  • The Global Scholar experience extends way beyond the session.  We offer opportunities for alumni to keep building their skills long after the conclusion of the program.

Contact us to discuss whether it’s a good fit for you! globalscholar@aidemocracy.org or 202.709.6172.

Most of our participants are rising high school juniors and seniors. Scholarship money is available.