Call for Applications, MCW Global’s Young Leaders Access Program (USA)


Deadline:  02 January 2019
Open to: young leaders between the ages of 18 and 26 years old
Venue: 23 July – 01 August 2019, Burlington, Vermont

Description

MCW Global’s year-long flagship program is for participants (18 to 26), who are prepared to become leaders of positive change in their communities by giving them the tools and skills needed to transform passion into action. The program is based on 3 phases:

Summer Retreat 

The Program begins with an intensive summer retreat that facilitates leadership development, a deep understanding of global citizenship, and how to implement a project from beginning to end. The retreat is held in late July/early August in Burlington, Vermont and New York City, New York. In addition to working alongside MCW Global team members, alumni mentors, and volunteers, participants will also hear from a range of experts from academia, civil society, development, and the public and private sectors about their own community-action projects.  (10 days)

Vision Planning: Project  Development

Participants come to the Program with an idea of a community issue they want to address through the process of vision planning, which aims to transform passion into a tangible plan for change. During this process, participants will be able to put their local issues into a larger global context while exploring why they are in a unique position to make change happen. Participants will also determine which tools they need to apply to the plan, in order to make it actionable. After the retreat, Young Leaders are expected to further develop and/or implement their plan in collaboration with their alumni mentors.  (12 months)

Alumni Mentorship and Ongoing Support

To further develop and execute their vision plans, Young Leaders are paired with alumni mentors, who guide them at the retreat toward creating an actionable plan. During the year, alumni mentors support participants by facilitating quarterly “hangouts” and ongoing remote communication. Alumni mentors undergo customized training prior to the start of the program in order to support team building and cultural competency. (12 months)

 

Eligibility

In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • 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 retreat 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)

Costs

  • 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 retreat (July 23- August 1, 2019), including housing, food, travel to and from the retreat venues, and any necessary supplies.
  • MCW Global requires all participants to pay for on the ground costs, including passport, visa, and in-country ground transportation fees. (Not applicable for U.S. based participants.)
  • Learn more about program costs.

Application

he 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:

1. General information

2. 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.

3. Resume

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.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions about the application, email us at:  apply@mcwglobal.org.

The official web-page.