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 believe that today’s leaders must possess a firm understanding of global challenges, be confident in their ability to mobilize others, and have the skills and opportunities to make change happen. Global Scholar is unique in that it provides all three, in a unique, hands-on, affordable and fun package!
Most of our participants are rising high school juniors and seniors. Please contact us to discuss whether it’s a good fit for you! email@example.com.
Program highlights include:Program highlights include:
- Policy Seminars with experts working on key global challenges. Scholars will spend two days in the offices of leading international organizations, learning from practitioners and policy experts working on the most pressing challenges facing us today. In 2013, our partner organizations included: Care, Action Aid, the Stanley Foundation and the Global Campaign for Education.
- A Social Change Clinic, during which Scholars will explore pathways for changing the world through workshops focusing on policymaking, advocacy and social entrepreneurship.
- A Global Leadership Clinic, including workshops on leadership, group dynamics, public speaking, movement building and effective writing.
- Visits to embassies, Capitol Hill, think tanks, USAID 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 to discuss foreign policy challenges including the global food crisis and child marriage.
- 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!
Last summer we also announced new partnerships with leading organizations working on global issues (2014 partners announced in January!). We’ll be spending time at the offices of these organizations to learn about how they address challenges including climate change, protecting the rights of women and girls, nuclear security and access to education. These will be fantastic opportunities to learn directly from the experts (and to see what it’s like to work on international issues too!).
Global Scholar is the only summer program on global issues that offers a robust mix of both seminars and skillbuilding; we believe that students shouldn’t just get informed, they should get activated to build a better world. Find out more online at: www.globalscholar.org.
This year, participants reported amazing increases in their ability and confidence to effect change. 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 yet another is embarking on a prestigious gap-year program before starting college. 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!
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. Many programs just offer coursework. We go beyond the classroom to offer extensive leadership, communications and advocacy training. 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, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.709.6172.