Application Deadline: February 29th, 2016
The week-long International Youth Leadership Retreat brings together youth, between the ages of 16 to 21, from around the world to prepare personal “vision plans,” highlighting their community’s challenges and identifying creative solutions to address them.
Top-notch presenters, returning retreat participants (“mentors”) and the MCW team inspire and guide the “mentees” through the vision planning process that includes presentations, interactive activities and personal reflections. At the end of the retreat, participants present their vision plans at the MCW Open Doors Ceremony at New York University. As of 2015, MCW has held 18 retreats with over 800 youth participants graduating from the program.
The MCW Young Leaders Program kicks off annually with an international Retreat that 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.
Before applying, be sure you fit the following requirements:
- Be between the ages of 16-25 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 February 29th, 2016
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