MCW Young Leadership fellowship 2023-24 for Aspiring Young Change Makers

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  • United States, United States
  • Apply Before : November 18, 2022

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 100241
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study Leadership & Community Change
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration One year
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Program overview

Applications for The Young Leaders Access Program is now open. It is a year-long program that trains and empowers young people, 18 to 26, to become leaders of change in their communities through leadership development, global citizenship, self-awareness, and vision planning. Throughout the whole year, YLP team, mentors, and mentees all bring together their innovative ideas and concrete projects to make changes in communities hence truly accomplishing the purpose of Local Change Through Global Exchange®.

Quick Details:

  • Application deadline: November 18, 2022- end of the day (NYC EST time)
  • Organizer: MCW Global 
  • Duration: 1 year


Program structure
  1. Community Needs Assessment Through Virtual Learning (1 month):
    • The Fellowship begins with a thorough mapping and needs assessment of the community.
    • Young Leaders will be given the tools and knowledge they need to assess their community.
    • This phase is implemented prior to beginning in-person training to provide young leaders with a better understanding of the community’s needs.
  2. In-Person | Vision Planning & Project Development (10 days):
    • Participants come to the Fellowship with a specific community issue in mind. The process of transforming passion into a concrete, measurable plan for change is known as vision planning.
    • Participants can put their local issues into a larger global context while understanding why they are uniquely positioned to change their community through the in-person training program, which includes diverse speakers, workshops, events, and facilitated group work.
    • Participants will also decide which tools and skills can be used to create a workable plan.
  3. Project Development Through Virtual Learning (10 months):
    • Young Leaders are paired with alumni mentors who will guide them through the in-person program toward creating an actionable plan in order to further develop and execute their actionable plans. These mentors have completed the Fellowship program and graduated with honors.
    • Throughout the year, alumni mentors provide assistance to participants by hosting quarterly “hangouts” and ongoing remote communication.
    • Prior to the start of the program, alumni mentors receive customized training to support team building and cultural competency among the diverse group of Young Leaders.

Costs Coverage:

Covered by MCW:

  • New York University in New York and Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont will provide lodging.
  • Flights in international economy for international participants
  • Domestic Economy flights for participants from the United States
  • Housing from the evening of July 10 to the evening of July 20, 2023
  • From July 11 to July 19, 2023, three meals per day are served.
  • Travel from New York, New York to Burlington, Vermont round trip
  • Public transportation to and from JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark International Airports

Not Covered by MCW:

  • Visa Fees
  • Passport Fee
  • In-Home Country Costs (transportation to the airport, extra baggage fees, & etc.)

Deposit Fee:

  • MCW requires a $100 deposit fee from all accepted participants by February 10, 2023. When the participant has successfully completed the Fellowship’s in-person training program, the deposit will be refunded in full on July 20, 2023.
    The deposit is required to cover all costs incurred by MCW Global if a participant cancels after March 1, 2023.
  • Payment can be made using either Square or PayPal. If no payment is received by February 10, 2023, you will be considered to have left the Fellowship.
  • Please contact MCW Global if Square or PayPal are not available in your country/territory.


To be eligible to participate, Young Leaders Must:

  • Exhibit commitment to their community;
  • Determine an issue in their community to solve;
  • Be between the ages of 18-26 at the beginning of the program (June 1, 2023);
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English;
  • Commit to completing the Community Needs Assessment over the summer, participating in the 3-months Virtual Learning program, and spending the following year making efforts to execute their community project;
  • Enjoy access to email and internet to allow for stable communication with the MCW Global Team and Young Leaders Program alumni-mentor for the duration of the program;
  • Comply with the Young Leaders Access Program graduation guidelines;
  • Submit a completed application on or before the deadline;
  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (and be able to provide proof), or contact MCW Global Leadership directly for further steps if you are exempt from this requirement due to a medical reason.
  • Be eligible for the necessary visas and travel documents;

Important dates

  • December 8, 2022: Notification of first-round decisions; shortlist candidates;
  • Second-round application period: December 8 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • January 9 – 18, 2023: Interviews with Alumni;
  • January 25, 2022: Acceptances declaration;
  • February 1, 2023: Confirmation of acceptance;
  • February 10, 2023: Confirmation of Visa Interview Date & Deposit;
  • June 1- 30, 2023  Community Needs Assessment period;
  • July, 2023 – July, 2024: Young Leaders Fellowship duration.
    • July 11 – July 20, 2023: In-Person Training Program – Young Leaders Fellowship in New York, New York, & Burlington, Vermont;

How to apply?

Qualified applicants can apply online.


The application must be filled out in English. Besides, letters of recommendation and resume also have to be written in English. Any part of the application not written in English will not be read and be considered incomplete.

The application consists of:

  • General Information
  • Essay Questions
    • Identify a problem/challenge 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 tackle that.
  • Resume
    • Your resume should not exceed 1 page. Preparation in Times New Roman, 12 font, with 1-inch margins is recommended.
  • Two Letters of recommendation
    • Your referees should be people who know your work ethic and commitment to your community. Friends and family members may not qualify for writing letters of recommendation.
    • Recommenders should indicate their name, position, and relationship to the applicant at the top of the letter.

Note: Do not forget to review the terms and conditions at the end of the application.

For more information concerning this program, refer to the MCW Global website.

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