Global Youth introduces high school students to leadership practices and inspire greater clarity in their lives. The integrated curriculum balances classroom learning with a professional group project and different site visits to businesses and organizations pursuing social good. Program participants also take part in individual advising and coaching sessions which serve to weave the experience together and make it uniquely relevant to his or her life. Global Youth is a one-week program and scheduled to align with the vacation times for high school students.
Location: Western Washington, USA
Duration: up to 10 days
Participants learn about leadership through integrated seminars taught by experienced leaders in the field. The seminars are very participatory and enable them to deepen their understanding about leadership and their future path.
Depending on the length of the program, participants are assigned to work in a group in partnership with a social business, institution, agency or nonprofit organization working in a field relevant to their interest. Like an internship, this Group Project takes place over multiple hours in the program. The specifics of the Project work will vary from placement to placement and the needs of the collaborating business or organization. Some Group Projects include: Ventures, Goodwill, Northwest Center, Tilth Alliance, Social Venture Partners International, Japanese Cultural Community Center of Washington, International Living Future Institute, Ten Thousand Villages, One World Now!, and Pro-Use Produce.
Participants attend a number of Site Visits to local organizations and businesses who are engaged in various forms of social good–including around Fair Trade, organic foods, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, women’s issues, homelessness, and more. These visits offer participants a unique opportunity to witness business practice from the “inside” and speak directly with those leading this work. Some past Site Visits include: Farestart, Seattle Mariners, Theo Chocolate, Starbucks, Microsoft, Tully’s Coffee, Woodland Park Zoo, and PCC.
Consistent with iLEAP’s mission, iLEAP staff work closely with each participant to help cultivate clarity around personal and professional direction through advising sessions. This is an opportunity for participants to better understand themselves, their dreams, and the way forward for their lives.
At this time, due to COVID-19, we are not offering in-person programs in 2020. Please look at our distance learning offerings and check back in the fall for our 2021 schedule. Thank you for your interest!
Feel free to contact us with any inquiries about the program.