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Global Scholar: Bridging the US Political Divide. July 2021, Virtual.

Global Scholar prepares youth to be visionary leaders and bold changemakers around urgent global challenges.

The Time is Now

There is no time to waste in tackling the greatest challenges facing us today, from intolerance to climate change.

Youth Have Power

Youth are the bold and visionary leaders we need to transform our world. No other generation has the fresh perspective and untapped creativity of youth.

We Must Act

Every moment is an opportunity to expand our understanding, work with others to craft solutions, and engage our world. Everything matters.

The political divide in the United States is more extreme than ever before, with lasting repercussions on our democracy and our ability to effectively tackle our shared challenges. Nine-in-ten Americans are worried that a victory by the other political party would lead to “lasting harm” to the United States. Eight-in-ten registered voters from both parties say their differences with the other side are about core American values.

We can and must do better. It’s up to youth to lead the charge to find common ground, and demand a stronger, better political system and climate.

Join us this summer to:

  • Explore what got us to this point, and more importantly where we can go from here. Through seminars with academics and political professionals, we will explore the trajectory of polarized politics over the past decades, as well as key issues that have embodied and fueled the divide: climate change, the economy, immigration, racial justice, and more. We’ll also discuss the many values and issues that bring us together, and how we can harness that information to identify our common ground, and embrace respectful debate.
  • Build powerful skills for engaging your peers and building bridges through workshops focusing on: dialogue and conflict resolution; ethical decision making; systems thinking; diversity, equity and inclusion, and more.
  • Apply all we’ve learned through daily challenges and the final group project, which we launch during the program. You will leave with not only a deeper understanding of the challenge, but the concrete skills to do something about it.

Participants are also invited to monthly small-group mentoring calls throughout the school year, as well as the Power Up, our student gathering in February 2022.


Who is this program for?

This program is for rising 9th-12th graders who are curious about bridging the US political divide and building skills to take action on this issue. You do not need any particular prior experience or coursework; the biggest thing we look for is curiosity and eagerness to be part of the solution. International students with an interest in US politics are welcome to apply, too.

Where will this program take place?

This five-day program will take place online from June 28 – July 2, 2021. Days will involve interactive workshops, followed by small group conversations and “challenges” (applied assignments). We’ll have social events, games, and some pre-recorded content too. We’ll be online for about 4 to 5 hours per day with lots of breaks. AMP Global Youth has been designing and delivering exciting online workshops for many years, and we’re incredibly good at what we do. You’re sure to connect, learn, and have lots of fun. Read student testimonials from our 2020 virtual Global Scholar program here.



We also know this has been an incredibly difficult year for many families financially. As a non-profit organization, our goal is to reach as many youth as possible with this life-changing experience. Our “pay what you can” model suggests a program rate based on your family income, with an aggressive commitment to ensuring that as many participants as possible are able to join us, regardless of their ability to pay for this experience. Our suggested program rates are:

  • Tier 1: $1050. This reflects our real cost for running the program. We suggest this rate if your net family income is over $150,000 annually.
  • Tier 2: $770. This is a discounted rate appropriate for families earning between $65,001-149,999 net income annually.
  • Tier 3: Contact us. If your family earns below $65,000 annually and you are unable to pay the Tier 2 fee listed above, we invite you to apply for one of our Global Scholarships, which provide partial or full tuition support for qualified applicants.

Please contact us if you’re not sure where you fall, and/or to discuss any special circumstances or payment options.

After attending Global Scholar, I now feel better prepared to make a positive impact on not only my community but the world. Global Scholar was a really wonderful program that opened my eyes to different ways to make change and think about the systems that make up our world.

After attending Global Scholar, I now feel better prepared to make a positive impact on not only my community but the world.

It’s such a great experience. If you are or are not into international affairs, you will go back home with such confidence, with all the knowledge you had acquired through this intense program. It will build your confidence in so many ways, such as public speaking, being inclusive, teamwork, support and so much!

Global Scholar was a really wonderful program that opened my eyes to different ways to make change and think about the systems that make up our world.

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