Global Scholar: Climate, Gender and YOUth

Washington, DC
June 26-July 2, 2023

About The Program

Join us for a powerful session tackling three of our most critical global issues: climate change, gender, and youth development. Led in partnership with YOULead Africa, which mobilizes youth across East Africa, this transformative experience will challenge you to think about how issues interact, how our experiences inform our work, and how we can inspire and mobilize others to be part of the change we so desperately need.

This experience consists of three foundational elements:

1. Exploring our role as youth leaders today. We’ll begin our experience begins with a session exploring the role of youth in social change, and taking stock of our own experiences as youth leaders. Throughout the program we’ll continue to reflect on what our this experience suggests for our leadership. We’ll participate in some of AMP’s most popular workshops, around strategic communications and dialogue. And we’ll conclude the experience by drafting a personal power plan for next steps after the program.

2. Deepening our understanding of intersectional challenges related to gender, climate change, and youth development. We’ll learn directly from youth leaders leading change on the ground in East Africa. We’ll learn from communities directly impacted by climate change, and speaking out to demand action. We’ll meet with advocates fighting for things like equal pay in the United States. And much more. The program concludes with Scholars drafting a commitment that brings their new knowledge into action.


June 26-July 2, 2023. June 26-27 are virtual program days. We meet at American University in Washington, DC from June 28-July 2.

Who is this program for?

This program is for rising 9th-12th graders who are curious, bold, and visionary. You do not need any particular prior experience or coursework; the biggest thing we look for is curiosity and eagerness to explore urgent global challenges and become changemakers. The program is held in English.

Where will this program take place?

This program takes place online and in Washington, DC.


We are staying in a secure dorm at American University. Scholars stay in double rooms, and our staff stay on the same floor as students.


We will eat some meals on campus, and others in downtown Montgomery.

COVID safety

Participants should be vaccinated against COVID, barring any medical exemption.


The cost of this in-person program is $1470.

We know this has been an incredibly difficult year for many families financially. We are committed to ensuring as many students as possible can benefit from this life-changing experience. We have a small amount of scholarship funding available to those who qualify.

The program fee includes room, board, materials and the program itself. Scholars are responsible for paying for transportation to/from Washington, DC, supplemental meals or snacks, and spending money. Although it’s hard to estimate, a reasonable amount of spending money might be $50-75.

Travel and Packing

Our staff will meet students at the airports in Washington, DC between 12-4pm on June 28, and return them to the airport by 9am on July 2. We will share travel, packing, and other welcome information with students admitted to the program. We will also host welcome calls in June.