2017 Young Leaders Access Program
The Young Leaders Access Program (YLA) is a year long program which kicks off with the Young Leaders Incubator. The incubator brings together youth from all over the world, united by the goal of creating positive change in their communities. The weeklong intensive training program is broken into three phases: Modern Leadership, Global Citizenship, and Local Change. During the final phase of the retreat, Young Leaders will create a unique action plan to address an issue in his/her community. Over the following year, Young Leaders implement their plans while being guided remotely through online workshops and a Mentor from the Young Leaders alumni community. Once Young Leaders have successfully completed the YLA they are eligible to apply for the Alumni Ventures Fund which awards grants of up to $5,000 USD.
This year’s application process looks a little different than previous years. The application process will consist of three rounds: the general application, a brief needs assessment, and an alumni interview.
The general application opens on October 31, 2016 and is open to any eligible persons. Shortlist candidates will be asked to submit a brief needs assessment which will outline their community issue and potential solutions in greater detail. Candidates who complete the second round will be contacted for an interview with alumni of the program. Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance on March 31, 2017.
Young Leaders Must:
-Be between the ages of 18-26 years old
-Be fluent in written and spoken English
-Demonstrate commitment to his/her community
-Identify an issue faced by his/her community he/she would like to address
-Have access to email or another internet platform that allows consistent communication with the MCW team and mentor for the duration of the yearlong program
-Commit to attending the weeklong retreat and spending the following year implementing change in his/her community
-Be eligible for appropriate visa and travel documentation
-Submit completed application on or before January 2th, 2017
October 31, 2016: General Application Opens
January 2, 2017: General Application Closes
February 3, 2017: Applications are notified if they have been shortlisted and receive the second round application
February 28, 2017: Second round application closes
March 3-24, 2017: Interviews with Alumni
March 31, 2017:Participant acceptances sent
May 1, 2017: Confirm acceptance with visa interview date
July 25- August 3, 2017 : Young Leaders Incubator
October 20th, 2017; January 20th, 2018; April 20th, 2018; June 1st, 2018: Mentor Hangouts and online workshop series (exact dates may vary)
June 15th, 2018: Program ends
General Application Checklist
1. Online Application:
– Participant Information
– Essay 1
– Essay 2
– Liability Release
2. Letter of Recommendation:We ask that each applicant obtain ONE letter of recommendation from an educator at your school (teacher, administrator or guidance counselor) or a community organization leader you have worked with. The letters should express how he/she believes the applicant can benefit from and/or contribute to the MCW YLR.
In an effort to make the program accessible to all individuals the Young Leaders Access Program MCW will cover all program costs and all flight costs for every accepted participant. This means that MCW will cover all costs during the program (July 25th- August 3rd ) including housing, food, travel, and any necessary supplies.
MCW does requires that all participants pay for any on the ground costs including passport, visa, and in-country ground fees.
Find more details here.
For those alumni who would like to apply to be mentors, check back here in February. We will be releasing the applications then!
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