Young Leaders Program
The Young Leaders Access 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 Young Leaders Regional Conference is a 3-day conference that brings together young leaders in a specific region and focuses on creating a unique action plan to address an issue in his/her community. Workshops, lectures, and experiential learning make up the conference. The conference brought together youth from Europe and the Middle East, united by the goal of creating positive change in their communities. Click here for more information.
The Young Leaders Workshop is a one-day vision planning session which builds on the YLP curriculum. We bring together professionals in the New York City area who are interested in acquiring skills and tools to implement their ideas of change. After preparing their vision plans, attendees presented their ideas in short elevator pitch form to their colleagues.
Participants come to the MCW Youth Leadership Retreat with an idea of a community challenge they want to address. During the retreat, this idea is turned into a “vision plan,” which lays out an innovative way of addressing that challenge.
Retreat graduates have the opportunity to turn their vision plans into concrete projects by applying to the MCW Alumni Ventures Fund, which provides a year of start-up funding and mentorship to recipients.
MCW uses the cultural diversity of its international participants as a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and build relationships.
2018 Alumni Ventures Fund Application
The Alumni Ventures Fund (AVF) is one of the core activities of the Young Leaders Access Program. It aims to help outstanding Young Leaders Program (YLP) alumni take their community-based plans to the next step by providing a 1 year award of funding (between USD $500 – $5,000) and professional mentorship. MCW matches AVF recipients with professionals who align with the project. Alumni are eligible to apply after successfully completing the full Young Leaders Access Program (1 year).