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Global leadership foRUm 2019

The UWC-USA Summer Youth Programs welcomes youth from around the world aged 14 to 18 who create a dynamic and enthusiastic international community of global problem solvers at our Global Leadership Forum (GLF) June 30 - July 20. GLF aims to deliver a succinct UWC experience without the academic pressure of the International Baccalaureate curriculum (IB). Participants are encouraged to arrive with a community project idea of their choice connected to their local community. On campus, GLF Staff help facilitate design thinking and problem solving skills for the participants to develop a community project plan of action that will be implemented upon returning to their home communities. Participants develop leadership skills and get exposed to the local Southwest culture and socio-political issues that surround New Mexico. Additionally, participants engage activities that foster interpersonal growth and empathy, support community service and project development, instill sense of self-awareness, and challenge global perspectives. Ideal GLF participants are curious, motivated, and willing to take on new personal challenges and risks. 



Changing The World Sometimes Changes You

At the Global Leadership Forum (GLF), we challenge our participants to step out of their comfort zones. Through supportive education and deliberate community engagement we aim to harness the energy and power our youth have to foster social justice. Through the GLF experience, participants find themselves emancipated from the idea that they cannot do anything about the problems in their community. Our GLF alumni leave more confident, skilled and empowered makers of positive social change.

Program Components

1. Leadership Development

Integrated throughout, participate in interactive workshops, activities, and discussions lead by GLF Instructors and guest speakers that empower you to foster social justice at all levels. 

2. Project Development

Engage in engineering design challenges and discover how design thinking supports project development to improve or solve a problem in your community. Create and implement your plan upon returning home with follow up from the GLF.

3. Service Learning

Volunteer with local non-profit organizations such as the Santa Fe International Folk Arts Market, UWC-USA Agro-ecology Research Center, and the Tesuque Pueblo integrating the cultures and history of the Southwest and Native American Nations with sustainable ecology.

4. Global Community Building & Cultural Experience

Participate in cultural shows or show off your talents! Learn the history of our campus and surrounding communities that witnessed the decolonization of the United States. Visit Bandelier National Monument and Tesuque Pueblo farm to learn about Native American Nations and agriculture practices. Explore downtown Santa Fe, enjoy live music, experience the beautiful Santa Fe Opera, eat delicious food, and soak up the Southwest culture!

5. Wilderness Challenge

Explore the Pecos and New Mexico wilderness through hiking and camping. Learn how to set up a campsite, cook and clean in the backcountry, and hike challenging trails that will push your limits!


Dates: 30 June – 20 July 2019

Location: Montezuma, New Mexico

Ages: 14-18



“When I first thought about GLF, I was so excited to meet people from other countries! But the day it was time to go, I felt extremely nervous and shy. When I first arrived, I felt silent and awkward. That changed almost immediately. I instantly bonded with my roommate, and then with some others. It was amazing! Everyone is so unique and different... I'll never forget the experience. I think everyone should apply for something like this. It surely is something that will have a huge impact on you as a person.”

- Deandre Gutierrez, Las Vegas, NM, USA, GLF 2017

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UWC-USA is one of 17 UWCs on five continents. Other countries that have UWCs include Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, Thailand, and Wales.


UWC-USA students perform more than 18,700 hours of service every year through our association with 25 community partners. More than 2,500 people in Las Vegas, N.M. and the surrounding community have benefited from service projects led by UWC-USA students.


UWC-USA has 228 students representing more than 70 countries, from Armenia to Zimbabwe. Eleven students come from countries identified as conflict regions. Representation within our student body includes: Africa 10%, Asia 28%, Europe 29%, North America 23%, South America 10%.


Students don’t apply directly to the school; they are selected by committees in their home countries based on academic achievement, leadership, and curiosity about and involvement with global events and cultures.


Philanthropist Shelby Davis has created a $40 million endowment that provides 50 U.S. students with full scholarships to attend a UWC every year.


Our more than 3,357 UWC-USA alumni are spread across the globe: North America 26%, Latin America and Caribbean 16%, Africa 10%, Middle East 6%, Asia 14%, Europe 21%, Pacific 2%


UWC-USA offers the International Baccalaureate diploma program. Students can choose from IB classes in 28 subjects – a remarkable number given the size of the school.

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