REGISTRATION FOR OUR ONLINE SUMMER PROGRAM IS NOW OPEN!
The Global Leadership Youth Program, formerly known as the Global Leaders Online Program, was born out of a desire to re-engage our student community in international affairs at the beginning of the 2020 pandemic. It provides high school students who are interested in international affairs the opportunity to expand on their global knowledge, skills, and connections. This program includes diplomacy simulations, guest speakers, deep-dive projects, and ample opportunities to connect with like-minded students.
This virtual program is perfect for students looking to increase their cultural understanding and global acumen while building their resumes.
The program takes place online from Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM PDT. The program, which is open to students from the U.S and abroad entering grades 8-12, costs $200 per module, and $770 for all four modules.
Unlike previous modules where we have relied on the generosity of our community to provide fully funded sponsorships for students, we have secured generous grants from the Five Together Foundation, Rokenbok Foundation and Nordson Foundation to ensure GLYP is available to all interested students.
San Diego Diplomacy Council is therefore delighted to offer sponsorships to students in need of financial assistance, and/or who identify as underrepresented and underserved in their community. We invite all students who would benefit from receiving a sponsorship to apply. Please contact Lulu Bonning at email@example.com for more information, or register for a sponsored position here.
This program allows students to engage in a more immersive environment as they explore their interest in international affairs. The program offers several modules, including the following:
Global Pride: Advocating for LGBTQ+ Rights
June 28 - July 2
While tangible progress has been made in recent decades to secure rights and protections for LGBTQ+ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual and others), this community continues to experience widespread discrimination and human rights abuses on every continent. LGBTQ+ individuals face marginalization, repression, imprisonment, and the threat of extreme violence or death, while queer and transgender activity has been criminalized in over seventy countries. Even in the twenty-nine countries that legally recognize marriage equality, protection from discrimination often remains inadequate; many LGBTQ+ individuals lack access to social and commercial services, health, education, health, employment, and housing. As we mark Pride Month in San Diego, we will examine how the international community can advance meaningful social and political progress toward protecting human rights among the LGBTQ+ community.
“Of the People”?: Democracy in Danger
July 5 - 9
In the Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln called on his fellow citizens to act so that "government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth." In 1863, representative democracies were the exception rather than the rule; one hundred sixty years later, decades of decolonization and the fall of the Berlin Wall broke open the constitutional floodgates with new governments pledging to protect individual liberties. Yet two decades into the twenty-first century, the temptations of illiberal democracy have fueled the rise of autocratic leaders threatening the hope and promise of the people's rule. This module will explore the contemporary tendency towards authoritarianism and ask whether the world's democracies can nobly preserve what Lincoln called "the last best hope of earth."
There Is No Planet B: Accelerating Climate Action
July 19 - 23
Are we entitled to a healthy planet? A national youth coalition is suing the U.S. government for its outsized role in the climate change crisis thereby threatening their constitutional rights. Young people don't carry the blame for the worst of our climate catastrophes, yet their voices are increasingly calling for action. To surpass the 2015 Paris Agreement targets, the world must collectively tackle this issue, but barriers remain including economic concerns, cultural and social norms, and the United States' shaky global leadership. What can young people do today to counteract the damage already done and ensure a sustainable future? In this module, we will tackle the same questions global climate leaders are asking as they prepare for this November's United Nations Global Climate Change Conference (COP26). We will also explore how to mobilize the remarkable will of youth climate advocates.
Outside the Box: Design Thinking for Social Global Innovation
August 2 - 6
In the days when steam meant nothing more than water in gaseous form, Leonardi Da Vinci once said, "to develop a complete mind: study the science of art; study the art of science. Learn how to see; realize that everything connects to everything else." In the 21st century, innovation occurs at an unprecedented rate. Changemakers are increasingly harnessing STEAM principles (science, technology, engineering, art and math) to address the world's most formidable challenges. However, "learning to see" is about more than STEAM. It involves developing a design-thinking mindset: challenging assumptions and undertaking a deeper exploration of the problem in order to fully understand who and why. In this module, using access to education during the Covid-19 Pandemic as a case study, we will explore how design thinking helps global leaders become creative, effective problem solvers and holistic collaborators.
To find out more about the Global Leadership Youth Program, email Lulu Bonning at firstname.lastname@example.org.