American University. July 20 – August 2, 2014

Global Scholar is an intensive global leadership program for 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 we provide all three in a really interactive, action-packed and fun package!

In 2014, Global Scholar will once again be based at American University in beautiful Washington, D.C. The session will take place from July 20 – August 2, 2014.

Program highlights include:

  • Seminars with policy experts on key global challenges like climate change, the rights of women and girls, global hunger, genocide and more. Scholars learn from the experts, gaining valuable “insider” insight on global issues, as well as a sense of what it’s like to pursue a career in international affairs.
  • 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 to discuss foreign policy challenges including the global food crisis and child marriage.
  • Workshops on leadership, communications, public speaking, advocacy and policy making. Led by expert youth organizers, the workshops are a highlight of the program. Scholars leave with an extensive toolkit they can put to use right away on their campuses, in their communities, and as they prepare for college. See a list of workshops on the website here: http://www.globalscholar.org/curriculum/.
  • Global Crisis Simulation and “Glocal Workshop”, during which we explore the links between local, national and global hunger. The local really is global!
  • Social Change and Innovation Seminar, during which Scholars will explore the basics of social entrepreneurship, policy making and advocacy. Scholars will also draft their own project or campaign to launch in their school or community.
  • And of course, exploring beautiful Washington, D.C. in the summertime! Last year we visited the Smithsonian museums and Kennedy Center, went to a Washington Nationals game, and checked out fireworks on the National Mall!

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.

Our successes:

Participants report amazing increases in their understanding of global challenges, and their confidence as leaders. 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 or language programs before 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.”

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. Scholars 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 social innovation clinic.
  • Our small size enables us to focus on the growth and learning of each participant.
  • We’re affordable. 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 offer ongoing ways to build skills throughout the school year, through webinars, special projects, positions in our national youth network and more.

Please find out more on our website: www.globalscholar.org. Contact us to discuss whether it’s a good fit for you! globalscholar@aidemocracy.org.

Contact us to find out more: globalscholar@aidemocracy.org 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!