The MCW Global Young Leaders Access Program prepares young people, 18 to 26, to become leaders of change in their communities through leadership development, global citizenship, and vision planning. During the program, participants go through the process of “vision planning” where they identify an issue facing their community and then produce an actionable plan. To prepare vision plans, participants are paired with Access Program alumni, who guide and mentor them throughout the year, helping them transform personal passion into a concrete project.
The Program begins with a 10-day intensive summer retreat. This year’s retreat will be held in New York City, New York, and Burlington, Vermont from Tuesday, July 23 to Thursday, August 1, 2019. At the retreat, participants gain inspiration and insights from case studies presented by leaders in academia, civil society, development, and business through a series of workshops, discussions and experiential learning. Graduates are eligible to apply for the Alumni Ventures Fund grant.
- In an effort to make the program accessible to all participants, MCW Global will cover program and flight costs.
- MCW Global will also cover costs during the summer program (July 21- July 30, 2020), including housing, food, travel to and from the summer program venues, and any necessary supplies.
To be eligible for the program, Young Leaders should:
Demonstrate commitment to their community
Identify an issue in their community to address
Be between the ages of 18-26
- Be fluent in written and spoken English
- Commit to attending the 10-day program and spending the following year aiming to execute their community project
- Be eligible for appropriate visa and travel documentation
- Have access to email and Internet to allow for consistent communication with the MCW Global Team and Young Leaders Program alumni-mentor for the duration of the year-long program
- Adhere to Young Leaders Access Program graduation guidelines (to be provided upon acceptance to the program)
- Submit a completed application on or before January 5, 2020
How To Apply:
The application must be filled out in English. All letters of recommendation and your resume need to be prepared in English. Any parts of the application that are not in English will not be read and the application will be considered incomplete.
The application includes:
- General information
- Essay questions
- Identify an issue in your community that concerns you. How would you address this issue?
- Describe one time you have faced a challenge and used a leadership skill to come up with a solution.
- Your resume should not be more than 1 page. We suggest that it be prepared in Times New Roman, 12 font, with 1-inch margins.
4. Two letters of recommendation
- Your letters should come from people who know your work ethic and commitment to your community. Friends and family members are discouraged from writing the letters of recommendation.
- Recommenders should state their name, position, and relationship to the applicant at the top of the letter.
- The letter should be on official letterhead, signed and dated.
5. Liability waiver
- At the end of the application, please review the terms and conditions.
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Deadline: 5 January 2020