Global Leadership Forum (GLF) is a summer youth leadership program that takes place on the UWC-USA campus in Montezuma, New Mexico. Our vision is to empower youth through experiential education to foster social justice at the local and global levels. Over the 23-day program, participants will internalize the UWC mission and core values by communicating effectively, growing as a person and citizen of the world, and by developing close relationships with peers from around the world.
GLF builds on UWC-USA’s four signature programs – Arts & Culture, Wilderness, Constructive Engagement of Conflict, and Sustainability – to give participants the leadership skills necessary to plan and execute a community project that addresses a social justice challenge in their home community.
If you want to solve real world problems you are passionate about, then GLF is for you. Changing the world means that we need more confident leaders dedicated to social justice and sustainability. We need leaders who will face the challenges of the world and who know how to design projects, build communities, and foster conversations that will move us all forward.
Our approach is to immerse our students in experiential activities to empower them to become leaders who don’t just identify problems – they solve them! In the process of learning to create change, they connect with a global network and find a voice that others respect and admire. We challenge our students to step outside of their comfort zones, adjust their paradigms, and harness the energy and power within the community to foster social justice.
Participants routinely point to the following ways that they grew as a result of their GLF experience:
- Increased confidence
- Greater self-awareness
- More resilience
- Increased empathy
- New global perspectives
- More friends
Our staff are more than just camp counselors, facilitators, or leaders, they are:
Our staff mentor our students to make sure they have a positive and empowering learning experience. They serve as inspiring role models to students who need courageous global citizens and people in their lives to emulate and support them going forward.
- Project Development: Arrive with ideas to address social justice challenges that exist in your home community. Through design thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and creativity, engage in activities that help create an action plan to improve or solve a challenge. Implement your plan upon returning home with support and follow-up from the GLF community.
- Leadership: Learn different leadership models and discern your leadership style in multiple settings. Put your leadership into practice in our wilderness expeditions, team activities, and community project development.
Dates: 28 June - 20 July 2020
Location: Montezuma, New Mexico, USA
Participants may apply via this page
Application deadline: 3 April 2020 for non-US Residents / International participants. 17 April 2020 for US Residents. Applications will be rolling until 31 May 2020 for full fee paying and visa-ready applicants.
Cost: $4,450 (Early Bird Rate of $3,750 valid for applications submitted before 31 January 2020)
Scholarship Availability: Yes. For information on scholarships, please contact the GLF Director.
Age: Participants must be aged between 14 and 18 by 28 June 2020.