Young Leaders Access Program


The Young  Access Leaders Program is a one year program which begins with the Young Leaders Incubator, a one-week intensive retreat which prepares youth between the ages of 18 and 26 from around the world who graduate as “Young Leaders” and commit to spending a year making change in their communities. The incubator leverages expertise from leading professionals from academic institutions, development practice, and private and public partners. This happens in three phases: Modern Leadership, Global Citizenship and Local Change. During the final phase of the program, participants learn how to produce an educated, tailored and actionable plan to implement in their own communities. Participants are paired with Alumni of the program who have successfully implemented plans, in part or in whole, in communities and who will guide and mentor the Young Leaders over the year in implementing their plans in their communities around the world. Over the course of the year, Young Leaders will not only have the guidance of their mentor, but will also receive ongoing tools and resources through the MCW and the Young Leaders Alumni networks.

Vision Plans

“A world where youth’s voice is heard.”Anusha Somani, Pakistan
“A society where young immigrants are better involved in serving the society.”Peal Dip, USA
“Comprehensive maternal Health for all women.”Putri Aprilia Regita, Indonesia
“Transforming generations through the power of education.”OluwaToyin Odumuwagun, Nigeria
Find out more about the vision and mission plans of our 2017 participants HERE.

 Italo Alves, 2018 AVF Recipient

Italo is an alum of the Young Leaders Access Program class of 2015. He is one of the leaders of TODXS, a non-profit with the aim of tackling the exclusion of LGBTI community in various communities in Brazil, resulting in limited access to resources to empower their lives. Italo will use the AVF grant to continue his work with TODXS Ambassadors, where he will identify, connect, and empower young LGBTI leaders to work towards more inclusive communities in Brazil.

“I am super excited about representing the MCW Young Leaders Program through the TODXS Ambassadors project. We are the first LGBTI project sponsored by the grant and also the very first in Latin America. As a member of this historically marginalized community, it feels amazing to be able to have access to such an incredible opportunity.”Italo

Kelvin Kiko Muoo, 2018 AVF Recipient

Kiko is an alum of the Young Leaders Access Program class of 2016. He’s since formed Angaza Elimu, a social enterprise that addresses inefficiencies in learning due to the inadequacy of educational materials available in Kenyan schools. Kiko will apply his grant towards elevating the classroom experience by transforming teaching and learning in primary schools in Kenya through innovative use of digital technology.

“The AVF grant is a gift to the Kenyan students. We will be able to reach more schools on our mission of elevating the classroom experience.”Kiko

A Global Network

Participants in our program have come from all over the world, including Afghanistan, Armenia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Phillipines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, the United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Thanks for supporting our 2018 program!