Summer Youth Program – GLF

Summer Youth Program - GLF



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Global Leadership Forum (GLF) is a summer youth short course program, accredited by the United World College (UWC) movement International Office in London, England, that takes place each summer on the UWC-USA campus in Montezuma, New Mexico for 21 days. GLF uses the UWC mission and core values as the framework of the program’s curriculum. Our vision is to empower international youth through experiential education to foster social justice at the local and global levels. Our goal in order to reach our vision is to have all participants internalize the UWC mission and core values through personal growth, effective communication skills, and bridging the individual with society.

Youth aged 14 – 18 from around the world are welcomed to apply and participant to create a dynamic and enthusiastic community of global problem solvers, positive change makers, and doers. We strive to deliver a succinct UWC experience without any academic expectations. Participants and staff begin by developing a strong sense of community and personal identity. There are opportunities to take risks and be challenged personally in a supportive, safe, and non-judgmental environment. During the program participants participate in workshops centered around project development, design thinking, and the constructive engagement of conflict. They ask, engage, and reflect on the question of “How can I bring change in this world?” Participants engage in service learning and cultural activities. Guest speakers are welcomed to teach and promote social justice advocacy through media, the arts and storytelling. Skills are developed to support the participant’s development of interpersonal growth, empathy, self-awareness, resilience, public speaking, and confidence. Prior to leaving, participant’s share their social justice community project action plans that will be implemented in their home communities or countries. Upon returning home GLF alumni will understand how they can transform the hearts and minds of people they surround.


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GLF alumni worldwide

UWC 2018 Global Leadership Forum

GLF is a program that challenges students to be more and do more. Learn more about the program and the kinds of students who thrive in it by checking out our video.


Applications for this summer’s GLF program are currently open! We would love to have you join us for an exciting three weeks of adventure, learning, growth, and friendship.

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