MCW Global Young Leaders Access Program 2020 Application (Fully Funded to the United States)

Deadline: January 5th 2020

MCW Global’s year-long flagship program is for participants between the ages of 18 to 26, who are prepared to become leaders of positive change in their communities by obtaining tools and skills needed to transform passion into action. The program is based on 3 phases:

Summer Program
Vision Planning: Project Development
Alumni Mentorship and Ongoing Support

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the program, Young Leaders should:

Demonstrate commitment to their community
Identify an issue in their community to address
Be between the ages of 18-26
Be fluent in written and spoken English
Commit to attending the 10-day program and spending the following year aiming to execute their community project
Be eligible for appropriate visa and travel documentation
Have access to email and Internet to allow for consistent communication with the MCW Global Team and Young Leaders Program alumni-mentor for the duration of the year-long program
Adhere to Young Leaders Access Program graduation guidelines (to be provided upon acceptance to the program)
Submit a completed application on or before January 5, 2020


In an effort to make the program accessible to all participants, MCW Global will cover program and flight costs. MCW Global will also cover costs during the summer program (July 21- July 30, 2020), including housing, food, travel to and from the summer program venues, and any necessary supplies.

MCW Global requires all participants to pay for on the ground costs, including passport, visa, and in-country ground transportation fees. (Not applicable for U.S. based participants.)

November 15, 2019: Young Leaders Access Program application opens
January 5, 2020: Young Leaders Access Program application closes
February 3, 2020: First round decisions sent out; short list candidates notified; second round application opens
February 21, 2020: Second round application closes
March 2-28, 2020: Interviews with Alumni
April 1, 2020: Acceptances sent out
May 3, 2020: Confirmation of acceptance with visa interview date and deposit
July 21, 2020 – July 30, 2020: Young Leaders Access Summer Program
July 30, 2020 – July 22, 2021: Young Leaders Access Program duration.

The application must be filled out in English. All letters of recommendation and your resume need to be prepared in English. Any parts of the application that are not in English will not be read and the application will be considered incomplete.

The application includes:

1. General information

2. Essay questions

Identify an issue in your community that concerns you. How would you address this issue?
Describe one time you have faced a challenge and used a leadership skill to come up with a solution.
3. Resume

Your resume should not be more than 1 page. We suggest that it be prepared in Times New Roman, 12 font, with 1-inch margins.
4. Two letters of recommendation

Your letters should come from people who know your work ethic and commitment to your community. Friends and family members are discouraged from writing the letters of recommendation.
Recommenders should state their name, position, and relationship to the applicant at the top of the letter.
The letter should be on official letterhead, signed and dated.
5. Liability waiver

At the end of the application, please review the terms and conditions.

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the MCW Global Young Leaders Access Program 2020

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