208 Young Leaders Access Program
The YLA brings together youth from all over the world, united by the goal of creating positive change in their communities. It is a one year program comprised of three components:
- The YLA Retreat
- Project Implementation
- Alumni Mentorship and Support
The YLA launches with the Retreat in late July, held in New York, NY and Burlington, Vermont. It consists of three modules: 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 with a year of professional mentorship.
Mentors play a crucial role in the success of MCW’s Young Leaders Access Program. In addition to guiding Young Leaders in the creation and implementation of a plan to create change, Mentors are integral throughout the Retreat. Mentors lead sessions and activities, facilitate monitoring and evaluation of the program, and aid in creating cohesion among the diverse group of Young Leaders. Mentors undergo customized training prior to the start of the program, and are supported by MCW staff throughout the year through quarterly “hangouts” and ongoing remote communication. MCW invests in the ongoing leadership development of our Mentors, and as such, Mentors are chosen very selectively and must meet all of the eligibility requirements.
Mentors benefit from the position by increasing their own leadership capacity, working with internationally and culturally diverse teams, and managing multiple projects simultaneously.
- Have successfully participated in MCW Young Leaders Program, Participants of the 2017 YLP are eligible
- Maintained communication and engagement with MCW
- Be able to demonstrate implementation of their vision plan in part or in whole, and what they have learned from the process so far
- Have access to email or another internet platform that allows consistent communication with MCW team and Young Leaders for the duration of the program
- Commit to attending the weeklong retreat, mentor training, and spending the following year guiding Young Leaders in the implementation of their plans in their communities (July 22-August 2)
- Be eligible for appropriate visa and travel documentation
- Submit completed application by March 2, 2018
March 2, 2018: Application Close (11:59pm NYT)
April 2, 2018: Applicants Informed of Acceptance Decisions
May 1, 2018: Accepted Applicants Confirm Participation with Visa Interview Date (if necessary)
July 22-23, 2018: Mentor Training in New York
July 24–August 2, 2018: Young Leaders Incubator
August 2, 2018: Open Doors Closing Ceremony (All guests welcome)
October 20, 2018; January 20, 2019; April 20, 2019; June 1, 2019: Mentor Hangouts and online workshop series (exact dates may vary)
June 15th, 2019: Program ends
Costs and Logistics
MCW values the time mentors are giving to the program and will cover all costs related to attending. This includes the following:
1. Visa (with proof of purchase / receipt)
2. Transportation to the airport in your country (with proof of purchase / receipt)
3. International flight costs: flights will only be booked to arrive one day in advance of the program (July 21,2018) and to depart one day after the program (August 3, 2018). If you wish to travel in the US for longer than this time, you must book the flight on your own and MCW will reimburse you for the cost of the flight (with proof of purchase / receipt) according to what MCW would have booked. No exceptions will be made.
4. Transportation from NYC airport to New York University (subway ride with proof of purchase / receipt)
MCW will cover all costs during the program (July 21- August 3,2018 ) including housing, food, travel, and program material.