Build skills to be a bold and visionary global leader.

Session 1: Based at American University. Dates announced 12/1!
Session 2: Based at Georgetown University. Dates announced 12/1!

About The Program

If you’re fired up about global challenges from climate change to COVID-19 to the fight for racial justice, and committed to getting involved, this is the program for you. Global Scholars are eager to explore, dig deep, and ask tough questions. They know the many issues we face are reflective of complex economic, political and social systems that need to be challenged. And Global Scholars don’t sit on the sidelines and wait for change to happen. They’re committed to exploring their role and power to be part of the solution. Global Scholars are dreamers, builders, and doers. They know it’s up to us to pursue, design and demand our shared future.

Summer 2022 Washington, D.C. Dates:

  • Session 1: July 5-16, 2022. We begin with our virtual, global Power Up event from Tuesday July 5 – Thursday July 7. Scholars then travel to DC for the launch of our in-person programming on July 8. The program concludes the morning of Saturday July 16.
  • Session 2: July 18-30, 2022. We begin with our virtual, global Power Up event from Monday July 18 – Wednesday July 20. Scholars then travel to DC for the launch of our in-person programming on July 22. (July 21 is a travel day.)  The in-person program concludes the morning of Saturday July 30.

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?

All of our programs kick off with the three day virtual Power Up, bringing together youth leaders and experts from around the globe to jump start our thinking around the global system, change making, and the power of youth. The group then continues their journey in Washington, D.C. for another 9 days of powerful workshops, site visits, social events, and sightseeing.

Housing: This summer we are once again based at beautiful American University in Washington, D.C. Scholars stay in a secure, youth-only dorm on the American University campus alongside our program staff. Most rooms are doubles, with a shared bathroom on the floor.

Meals: While we eat many of our meals in the cafeteria at American University, we also eat in downtown Washington, D.C. on the days we are visiting offices or sightseeing. Favorite destinations include the food trucks and Ethiopian food!

COVID safety. The program follows the COVID protocols set in place by American University and the DC Department of Health. The American University campus requires all guests be vaccinated and boosted. Additional, final guidelines will be released closer to the program launch date.


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. The cost of this in-person program is $2390-$2840, and our “pay what you can” model makes this valuable experience as accessible as possible for families. Please review suggested fees below. All fees can be made via our payment page here.

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

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. Scholars are also expected to pay for lunch on the two days we sight see downtown. Although it’s hard to estimate, a reasonable amount of spending money might be $50-75/week.

In 2021, 50% of the class received need-based partial scholarships to attend the program.

Travel and Packing:

We will share travel, packing, and other welcome information with students admitted to the program. We will also host welcome calls in June, and bi-weekly Q&A sessions on Instagram Live (find us at @AMPGlobalYouth and @amp-global-scholar).