Young Leaders Access Program Application
The YLA brings together youth from all over the world, united by the goal of creating positive change in their communities. It is a one year program comprised of three components:

The YLA Retreat
Project Implementation
Alumni Mentorship and Support

The YLA launches with the Retreat in late July, held in New York, NY and Burlington, Vermont. It consists of three modules: Modern Leadership, Global Citizenship, and Local Change. During the final phase of the retreat, Young Leaders will create a unique action plan to address an issue in his/her community. Over the following year, Young Leaders implement their plans while being guided remotely through online workshops and a Mentor from the Young Leaders alumni community. Once Young Leaders have successfully completed the YLA, they are eligible to apply for the Alumni Ventures Fund which awards grants of up to $5,000 USD.


Young Leaders Must:
-Be between the ages of 18-26 years old
-Be fluent in written and spoken English
-Have access to email or another internet platform that allows consistent communication with the MCW team and mentor for the duration of the yearlong program
-Demonstrate commitment to their community
-Identify an issue faced by their community he/she would like to address
-Commit to attending the weeklong retreat and spending the following year implementing change in his/her community and staying in contact with their mentor
-Be eligible for appropriate visa and travel documentation
-Submit completed application on or before January 2, 2018

2017-2018 TIMELINE

October 31, 2017: General Application Opens
January 2, 2018: General Application Closes
February 2, 2018: Decisions Sent out, Short List Candidates Notified, Second Round application opens
February 25, 2018: Second Round Application closes
March 2-30, 2018: Interviews with Alumni
April 2, 2018: Acceptances Sent Out
May 4, 2018: Confirm Acceptance with Visa Interview Date and Deposit
July 24, 2018- August 2, 2018 : Young Leaders Retreat
August 2, 2018- July 24, 2019: YLA Implementation


It is required that the application is filled out in English. All letters of recommendation and your CV should also be completed in English. Any parts of the application that are not in English will not be read and the application will be considered incomplete.

The application consists of the following:

-General Information
-Essay Questions
-Resume/ CV- You must upload your resume/ CV directly into the application in PDF format
-Two Letters of Recommendation- You must upload your letters of recommendation directly into the application in PDF format
-Liability Waiver

By continuing to the next page, you confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements to participate in MCW Young Leaders Access Program.

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