The year-long program prepares young people, 18 to 26, to become leaders of change in their communities through leadership development, global citizenship, 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.

The Program begins with a 10-day intensive summer retreat. This year’s retreat will be held in New York City, New York and Burlington, Vermont from Tuesday, July 23 to Thursday, August 1, 2019. At the retreat, participants gain inspiration and insights from case studies presented by leaders in academia, civil society, development, and business through a series of workshops, discussions and experiential learning. Graduates are eligible to apply for the Alumni Ventures Fund grant.

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 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 17 recipients since the Fund’s founding in 2009, AVF has helped young leaders achieve their goals of being changemakers in the communities.


Meet our 17 AVF recipients HERE!