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.

2017 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.

2018 Young Leaders Access Program Mentor Application is Now Open!


Click here for a detailed day-by-day schedule for the whole week of the 2017 Program, including speakers, activities, and workshops!


 Cody Jacobs, 2017 AVF Recipient

Cody Jacobs, 27, from  23, from Long Island, New York is one of our three recipients of the Alumni Ventures Fund for 2017, receiving a grant of $2,200 to help her complete her vision.

Cody’s will work with A Cooperative Future, a project which aims to bridge the gap between the United States and Cuba through knowledge of cooperatives. She plans to visit and spend time with Cuban cooperatives with the end goal of creating a photo essay and book.

“Through the years and especially through my experiences with MCW I learned more and more about injustice and oppression throughout the world but most importantly about our ability to make the world a better place. I became committed to using photography as a tool for change and with the AVF I finally have an opportunity to do just that, to document change as it is happening, and share it with the world.”Cody

 Timurlan Alagushov, 2017 AVF Recipient

 Timurlan Alagushov, 23, of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan received a grant of $5,000 in 2017, after graduating from the 2015 Young Leaders Program.

Timurlan will use the award to create a new mobile platform for his organization, Let’s Dance. The organization’s mission is to provide dance education through people, technologies and events and to create sustainable environment where young people can develop both as artists and valuable professionals.

“Receiving such support as the AVF for the current period of my project development is like finding oasis in a desert. Let’s Dance will change the dance industry all around the world and will help to bring the most value of the art of dance to people, beginning from my local community to global.”Timurlan

Fredrick Meena, 2017 AVF Recipient

Fredrick Meena, 26, from Mbeya, Tanzania; $2,800 in 2017, after graduating from the 2015 Young Leaders Program.Fredrick will continue his work on Oral Hygiene Practices in the community, a project focused on offering education and knowledge about oral health and introducing basic care to prevent oral diseases. With the grant, Fredrick will be able to expand his project to additional impoverished communities including disabled and orphan children.

“The AVF means a lot to me because it will help to reach to the rural community and implement the project of providing the oral health hygiene education easily and successful.”Frederick

A Global Network

Throughout the history of our Young Leaders Program, participants have come from all over the world, representing five continents and over fifty countries.

As of 2016, the global alumni network includes young leaders from: 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, Palestine, Phillipines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

2017 Sponsors

MCW would like to give a special thanks to the following sponsors for their support in making the retreat for the 2017 Young Leaders Program a success!

2017 Partnerships

Many of our participants come from amazing organizations all over the world. We have been happy to partner with the following youth-focused organizations to help us fulfill our mission.

Partner Organizations