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Global Scholar Virtual Program

Greetings Global Youth! We know your summer is valuable. Ad now more than ever, the youth voice is needed around urgent global challenges like COVID-19. That’s why this July we’re offering a virtual version of our popular Global Scholar summer program.

The virtual program will have the same focus as our in-person program, and use an engaging set of online tools to make sure we’re connecting, having fun, and meeting inspiring new peers in addition to learning about global issues and strategizing to change the world (as we do here at Global Scholar ;).

Please see an overview of the virtual program below, and apply to join us here. We will continue updating this information, and please reach out if you have any questions (GlobalScholar@AMPGlobalYouth.org).

Global Scholar is an international relations intensive program that builds the knowledge and skills high school students need to make social change on a local and global scale. Through hands-on learning and meetings with leading policy experts, Global Scholar empowers young and emerging leaders to become change makers on their campuses and in their communities.

Recent graduates of the program have gone on to lead student organizations; work for international organizations, the UN, the State Department and more; participate in prestigious gap year and language programs; and enroll at top institutions like Harvard, Columbia, the University of Chicago, McGill University, and more. Most importantly: they’ve developed a deep understanding of their power as leaders, the importance of their voice, and the many pathways for having an impact on their world.

Apply to be a Global Scholar! Spots are limited and applications will only be accepted until the program is full. Check out tuition and scholarship information here.

Key Program Elements:

  • Explore urgent global challenges including security, poverty, climate change, refugees, immigration, global health, and human rights through seminars with experts working in government, think tanks, non-profit organizations, academia and more. Scholars also meet with embassies and Senate offices.
  • Build skills to be a bold and visionary global leader. Our popular Action Lab workshops give you advanced training you won’t get anywhere else, focusing on: Systems Thinking and Complex Problem-Solving; Diversity and Inclusion; Strategic Action Planning; Activating your Story, Values and Vision; and Empathy and Dialogue.
  • Do big things, now. The world can’t wait for your brilliance, and neither can we. Throughout the program Scholars apply knowledge and skills to craft and launch a meaningful project around a timely and critical global challenge, including voting, climate change, immigration, and more. 
You’ll refine valuable skills, build your resume, and make a difference.
  • Launch your global career. Discover careers, schools and opportunities in international affairs through career panels, career mapping, and 1:1 conversations with professionals working in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, as well as representatives from scholarship, fellowship, and study abroad programs. We also visit local universities.
  • Build inspiring friendships with peers from around the world who are equally motivated to pursue leadership opportunities and careers in public and international affairs. The broader AMP Global Youth family is thousands strong worldwide.

Snapshot of the Virtual Program:

The virtual program will include the same content as our in-person programs. We are using the best of online conference tools and platforms to ensure the program is highly interactive, engaging and fun. Highlights include:

  • Seminars with issue experts, with lots of time for questions and conversation. 
  • Very interactive Action Lab workshops. We will mail Scholars a “program kit” which includes a variety of hands-on items (craft papers, special markers, modeling clay, etc.) we use during workshops.
  • Small-group breakout sessions to work on daily challenges and group projects. Each group of 5-8 students will have a dedicated facilitator who works with them throughout the program.
  • Small-group mentoring sessions. Each mentoring group of 2-4 students will meet several times with their mentor to talk about career planning, personal goal-setting and more.
  • Individual and small-group project work. We continue to stand out from other programs because we don’t just flood you with information. Scholars learn new information, then put that knowledge into practice through applied challenges they’ll complete individually and with peers throughout the program.
  • The program culminates with Scholars crafting and launching a program or project around an issue they care about. Past projects have included educational campaigns around energy conservation, efforts to pass school and state policies, and much, much more.
  • Scholars meet with the offices of their U.S. Senator or Representative to share their views around issues they care about. While we normally do this in Washington, D.C., this summer Scholars will instead visit their representatives’ local offices (often located in or close to their hometown).
  • Sessions meet for 11 days, and participants can select between cohorts beginning at 9am or 12pm ET each day. There will be approximately 6 hours of programming and activities each day and — very importantly — lots of interactive work, creative work, small-group conversation, movement, and breaks. This is not a program where you will sit and listen to people talking at you all day. We will work with any Scholars who need additional accommodations to facilitate their participation and learning in a virtual environment.
  • We are also going to host an optional long weekend in Washington, D.C. in early 2021 for Global Scholars to meet in person, visit Capitol Hill, share project updates, and more. This will be an optional and additional expense, and of course contingent upon our ability to travel and meet in person.

Learn more:

  • Our curriculum: we are the only program that combines robust learning with powerful skillbuilding. Learn more about our curriculum here, and see a snapshot of recent speakers below.
  • Our alumni go on to lead successful careers and be engaged and thoughtful global citizens. Check out alumni testimonials and our impact.
  • Here’s a snapshot of a typical Day in the Life of Global Scholar.
  • Find many more details on our FAQ page. And parents: we’ve answered some of your top questions here.
  • Contact us at any time to learn more about the program! Email: GlobalScholar@AMPGlobalYouth.org

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Would the virtual program be the same as the in-person program?

In most ways, yes! The learning objectives will remain unchanged. The virtual program will focus on helping youth understand global challenges, build their skills to be global leaders, and explore careers in international affairs. We will still meet with global experts and leaders, too. In fact: a virtual program enables us to invite a much broader set of speakers, which is exciting!

We will also be able to connect personally using virtual tools, which ensures that participants will still build close relationships with other youth passionate about global issues. We use technology that facilitates small-group learning, 1:1 conversations, and more. In fact, once again the virtual space expands our ability to bring a diverse cohort of young leaders from around the world together for this experience.

2. What will the learning look like?

Again there are so many options with a virtual model. Scholars will meet with experts via video chat, then break into small groups for precept sessions to reflect on the day’s discussions. They will also work in small facilitated teams to complete daily challenges and group assignments, and have additional activities to complete on their own every evening.

The training workshops will use the best of what virtual tools have to offer, too. In fact we’ve found that we can still build the energy of the room, get participants moving and having fun, facilitate small-group spaces and learning, and more using online tools. Participants will also get a kit of learning materials sent to them before the start of the program, that will contain important printed or other (read: fun) materials to complement the online experience.

3. When will the virtual sessions meet?

Right now we’re planning on their meeting the same time as the in-person programs: from June 30-July 12, and July 14-28. We will have staggered learning blocks so that students from many time zones will be able to join comfortably.

4. What’s the cost?

We’ll have more information on this in the coming days, but it will certainly be significantly less than the in-person program as the housing and food costs will be deducted. We’ll still be able to offer plenty of scholarships, too.

5. How do I sign up?

Right now we’re asking everyone to apply through the main Global Scholar application. Please indicate on the application form if you’re only interested in one version of the program or the other.

A note that we recommend applying as soon as possible. Our summer 2020 sessions are almost full, and we expect an online program to meet capacity very quickly.

Please email us with any other questions! GlobalScholar@AMPGlobalYouth.org