The year-long Young  Access Leaders Program focuses on leadership, global citizenship, and vision planning. It begins with a 10-day intensive retreat that prepares participants, 18 to 26, to become leaders of positive change in their community.

During the program, participants go through the process of identifying an issue facing their community and then producing an actionable plan that can be implemented in their own communities.

Participants are paired with alumni, who will guide and mentor them during the year, aiming to help them transform passion into action. Participants will also hear about the experiences of a range of experts from academia, civil society, development, and the pubic and private sectors through a series of workshops, discussions and experiential learning.

Applications for the 2019 Program are Now Open!


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

Listen to vision plan pitches HERE

Alumni Ventures Fund

Young Leaders Program graduates have a unique opportunity to turn their vision plans into concrete projects with a start-up grant of up to $5,000 and a year of professional mentorship. With 13 recipients since the Fund’s founding in 2009, AVF has helped young leaders achieve their goals of being changemakers in the communities.


Meet all our AVF recipients HERE

Applications now open. CLICK HERE!


Italo Alves (2018 recipient)

Italo, a 2015 alum, is one of the leaders of TODXS, a Brazil-based non-profit that aims to tackle the exclusion of the LGBTI community. Italo will use the AVF grant to continue his work with TODXS Ambassadors, aiming to identify, connect, and empower young LGBTI leaders to work toward more inclusive communities in the country.

“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 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 recipient) 

Kiko, a 2016 alum, 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

Thanks for supporting our 2018 program!