YOUNG LEADERS ACCESS PROGRAM
The year-long program prepares young people, 18 to 26, to become leaders of change in their communities through leadership development, global citizenship, self-awareness and vision planning. During the program, participants go through the process of “vision planning” where they identify an issue facing their community and then produce an actionable plan. To prepare vision plans, participants are paired with Access Program alumni, who guide and mentor them throughout the year, helping them transform personal passion into a concrete project.
Usually, the Program begins with a 10-day intensive summer retreat in New York City, New York and Burlington, Vermont.
While the program’s goals will remain the same, this year the way we go about it will be different. Given the situation with the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, the Young Leaders Program team is implementing the program by adjusting it to fully virtual learning and one-on-one learning between mentors and mentees. Graduates are eligible to apply for the Alumni Ventures Fund grant.
“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
Alumni Ventures Fund
Young Leaders Access Program graduates have a unique opportunity to turn their vision plans into concrete projects with a grant of up to $5,000 and a year of professional mentorship. With 19 recipients since the Fund’s founding in 2009, AVF has helped young leaders achieve their goals of being changemakers in the communities.