MCW Global 2024 in Person Young Leaders Fellowship

MCW Global launches the 2024 in-person Young Leaders Fellowship:

Sunday, November 12, 2023, 11:59 PM (NYC EST time).


The Young Leaders Fellowship Program is a unique year-long leadership initiative open to young individuals aged 18 to 26 from around the world. It’s designed for those passionate about creating positive change in their communities, specifically in the fields of education, health, and economic security. The program equips participants with the necessary skills, global citizenship awareness, self-awareness, and visionary thinking.

Program Components

Community Needs Assessment (Virtual) – 1 Month The fellowship commences with a one-month virtual Community Needs Assessment, where young leaders from various backgrounds worldwide learn to better understand their local communities. This assessment helps them gain insight into community needs before embarking on in-person training.

Vision Planning & Project Development (In-Person) – 10 Days Participants, after the virtual phase, attend a 10-day in-person training program. Here, they refine their ideas for addressing community issues, converting their passion into a concrete action plan. The program includes diverse speakers, workshops, events, and collaborative group work, enabling participants to understand their role in global change.

Project Implementation & Alumni Mentorship (Virtual) – 10 Months The final phase involves the execution of their action plans. Young Leaders are paired with alumni mentors who guide them throughout the year. These mentors have previously graduated from the program, providing valuable support through quarterly “hangouts” and ongoing communication. Mentors undergo specialized training to facilitate team-building and cultural understanding among the diverse group of Young Leaders.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate commitment to their community
  • Identify an issue in education, health, or economic security
  • Be aged 18-26 at the program’s start (June 1, 2024)
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English
  • Commit to the program’s various phases
  • Have access to email and the internet
  • Adhere to graduation guidelines
  • Be eligible for appropriate travel documentation
  • Submit the application by November 12, 2023

Important Dates

  • Application opens: October 13, 2023
  • Application closes: November 12, 2023
  • Interviews with alumni: January 10 – 19, 2024
  • Acceptances sent out: January 26, 2024
  • Program duration: June 2024 – July 2025

Application Information

Ensure all application components are in English, including recommendation letters and resumes. The application includes general information, essay questions, a resume (1 page max), two letters of recommendation, and a liability waiver. Find out more and apply via this link https://mcwglobal.org/young-leaders-fellowship-2024/

Logistics Information & Costs

The 2024 Young Leaders Fellowship will be held in New York, New York, and Burlington, Vermont, from July 9 to 18, 2024. Accommodations are provided, but a deposit is required. MCW Global covers some costs, such as international and domestic flights, housing, meals, and public transportation. Passport and visa fees, as well as in-country costs, are not covered.

Flights will be economy class and are booked one day in advance and after the program. Delayed visa applications may affect travel arrangements. Any travel booked by MCW will be cost-efficient and in economy class. Additional housing is available on specific dates, and participants should notify MCW if required. Failure to use provided accommodations may incur a fee.

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