What’s the structure of the program?

In general, the days are split between 1) the main session block, for an issue seminar or Action Lab workshop, 2) a group work block, during which Scholars will complete challenges and projects, have small-group guided discussion around what they’re learning, etc. and 3) a full-group meeting during which Scholars will share updates, participate in joint activities, and more.

How is Global Scholar different from other programs?

Global Scholar stands out from other summer programs serving high school students for several reasons:

We focus on building global leaders who have both the knowledge and the skills to make our world a better place. Many programs just offer coursework. We go beyond the classroom to offer leadership and advocacy training, and inspire students to put their new skills into action through our ongoing work on global issues. We spent about half of our time meeting with experts, offices and institutions.

Scholars develop real projects, campaigns and events to implement in their communities or on their campuses. Participants leave with a robust plan, and the skills and support they need to make their project happen. After all, there’s no better way to learn than by doing!

Global Scholar is part of a broader youth movement of concerned, young global citizens. The experience extends way beyond the session; participants enter a family of over 30,000 student leaders and activists affecting change on their campuses and in their communities. Since 2002, over 100,000 students have participated in our programs.

We’re affordable. We’re run by a national student organization, and we charge just enough to cover our costs. You’ll find that our programs are significantly less expensive than comparable summer programs. This isn’t a business for us; we’re not out to charge students and their families exorbitant fees to participate. Rather, we see this program as our contribution to empowering a generation to build a better world. We offer scholarships, and can help you fundraise from family and friends to attend.

What is the cost of the program?

Thanks to the generous support we have received from the Stevens Initiative, we are able to provide this program at no cost to participants.

What experience do you have running virtual programs?

We have been designing and delivering exciting online workshops for many years, and have run Global Scholar as a virtual program before (most recently for the British Council). The days will be full of seminars with issue experts, very interactive skills training, small-group conversations, individual and group projects, fun and relaxing activities, and more. A virtual program will also be able to welcome an even more diverse set of participants, including many from around the globe who would have more difficulty joining the Washington, D.C. program.

How will we get to know each other?

Global Scholar cohorts get very close and build lasting personal and professional relationships. That will happen whether we’re online or in person.

In addition to using great virtual tools that enable us to see each other, work in small groups, share materials, work collaboratively and more, we’re also planning a number of “social times” throughout the virtual experience. These include virtual hangouts, dance parties, energizers, team building games, and much more.

Finally, all Global Scholars – whether joining us online or in person – enter our large alumni network of young global leaders.

Who teaches the policy seminars?

Learning at Global Scholar takes place through interactive workshops and small group seminars. Seminars are led by issue experts representing the public, private and non-profit sectors. They have deep and hands-on experience working on global health, and how pandemics like COVID-19 exacerbate issues around refugees and immigration, the rights of women and girls, and access to education. Scholars have met with the likes of Ambassadors Bonnie Jenkins and Thomas Pickering, Former US Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, and many more.

Who teaches the skill-building seminars and workshops?

Workshops are led by our fantastic staff, who are experienced trainers, youth leaders, and entrepreneurs, and have hands-on experience with these issues. Our Head Trainer Vanessa Faloye has extensive experience as a trainer-facilitator, curriculum developer, and project coordinator in social impact education.

Who are the staff?

Global Scholar have experience both working on global issues, and leading youth groups and residential programs. Our longtime program director Karen Showalter has led the program the past ten years, and has over 20 years of experience working on global and domestic policy issues.

Do Global Scholars get grades, a certificate, credit, and/or recommendations?

Global Scholars will receive certificates upon successful completion of the program, and staff will happily write recommendations for college or other applications. We do not provide grades or credit, although we are happy to work with you to apply for credit at your school if applicable. And of course, the Action Lab gives Scholars a concrete project to share and launch at the end of the experience, which is a great resume-builder!

How many students are in the program?

We place a premium on providing a small-group experience. A typical class size is about 20-25 students. We break the group into smaller cohorts for much of the session.

Is Global Scholar part of a larger organization?

Yes! Global Scholar is run by AMP Global Youth / Americans for Informed Democracy, a non-partisan national student organization founded after 9/11 to help students understand global challenges and build their skills for taking action.

Does Global Scholar promote a particular political agenda?

Our goal is to inspire student conversation around the United States’ role in the world and key global challenges facing us today. These conversations are based on the premise that the US does have an important role to play beyond our own borders. We strive to help students understand all sides of issues, and empower them to formulate their own opinions on the best courses of action for our country to take.

What are you looking for in essays / participants?

We look for participants who are curious about the world around them. Scholars should be inspired to learn more about COVID-19, its impact on a variety of global issues, and their role in addressing them.

Is there an application deadline?

No, but as we’ve stated above space is very limited. We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.

When will I know if I’ve been admitted?

Expect a response within two weeks of your application date. Please let us know if you need a quicker response … we’ll see what we can do! Contact us any time at globalscholar@ampglobalyouth.org.

Did we miss something?

Have any questions that weren’t answered on this Global Scholar FAQ? Please contact us at globalscholar@ampglobalyouth.org or call 202.709.6172.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!