Young Leaders Access Program 2021
The Young Leaders Access Program is a one-year program that prepares youth, ages 18-26, to become leaders of change in their communities through leadership development, global citizenship, self-awareness and planning. vision. The YLP team, mentors and mentees work together to impact communities through innovative ideas and concrete projects, thus truly achieving the purpose of Local Change Through Global Exchange®.
Given the situation with the global COVID-19 pandemic, the YLP team is implementing the program fully virtually through electronic modules, Zoom discussions, and one-on-one virtual learning between mentors and trainees.
The Young Leaders Access Program 2021 begins with the Community Needs Assessment, a 2-month community in need of a mapping project that prepares young people to better understand their own local community. After the community needs assessment, the young leaders participate in an intensive 3-month virtual program that helps them become leaders of positive change in their communities. After the virtual learning, participants spend 7 months developing their action plans with the support of former student mentors.
Here are more details about Young Leaders Access Program
Deadline is March 1, 2021
- Country: Online
- Financial coverage: Fully Funded
- Eligible Regions: Anyone from any part of the world can apply for the program
- Deadline:: March 1, 2021
Eligibility Criteria :
Here are some of the eligibility criteria for the program
- Demonstrate commitment to your community.
- Identify a problem in your community to address.
- Be between 18 and 26 years old at the start of the program (July 1, 2021).
- Have access to email and the Internet to allow constant communication with the MCW Global Team alumnus-mentor and the
- Young Leaders Program for the duration of the one-year program;
- Meet the Young Leaders Access Program graduation guidelines (to be provided upon acceptance into the program);
- Submit a completed application no later than March 1, 2021 at the end of the day (New York Eastern Time).
- Be fluent in written and spoken English.
- Complete the Community Needs Assessment over the summer, attend the 3-month virtual learning program, and spend the following year with the goal of executing your community project;
Please read the following logistics information carefully:
- In an effort to make the program accessible to all participants, the Young Leaders Access Program is free.
- MCW Global will also cover the costs of the program tools, electronic modules, speakers, and additional program expenses during the community needs assessment period, e-learning, and the remainder of the program.
- Given current circumstances and security measures for international travel and public gatherings, the 2021 Young Leaders Access Program will be fully implemented virtually. We hope to arrange an in-person meeting in early 2022 if circumstances permit.
Other details :
Community needs assessment
The Young Leaders Access Program begins with an intensive community mapping project and a community needs assessment, where Young Leaders will receive the tools and knowledge to assess their own community.
This phase is implemented before starting the e-learning part, as it will provide young leaders with a better understanding of the needs of their community.
Project development through virtual learning
Participants come to the Young Leaders Access Program with an idea of a community issue they want to address. Vision planning is the process of transforming passion into a concrete, tangible plan for change.
Through online sessions with speakers, discussions, electronic modules, and assignments, participants will be able to put their local issues in a larger global context while understanding why they are uniquely positioned to make a change in their community. Participants will also determine what tools and skills can be applied to a viable plan.
Ongoing mentoring and support for alumni
To further develop and execute their hands-on plans, young leaders are paired with former student mentors, who will guide them through the virtual program toward creating a workable plan. Throughout the year, alumni mentors support participants by facilitating quarterly “meetings” and ongoing remote communication.
Alumni mentors undergo personalized training prior to the start of the program to support team building and cultural competence among the diverse group of young leaders.
The application must be completed in English.
Letters of recommendation and resume must also be written in English. Any part of the application that is not written in English will not be read and will be considered incomplete.
Your application includes:
- General information
- Essay questions
- Identify an issue in your community that concerns you. How would you approach this problem?
- Describe once you have faced a challenge and used a leadership skill to find a solution.
- Your resume should not be longer than 1 page. We suggest that it be prepared in Times New Roman, font 12, with 1-inch margins.
- Two letters of recommendation
- Your letters should come from people who know your work ethic and your commitment to your community. Friends and family are discouraged from writing letters of recommendation.
- The recommenders should indicate their name, title and relationship to the applicant at the top of the letter.
- At the end of the application, review the terms and conditions.
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