The Young Leaders Access Program is a one-year program that prepares youth, ages 18-26, to become leaders of change in their communities through leadership development, global citizenship, self-awareness and planning. vision. The YLP team, mentors and mentees work together to impact communities through innovative ideas and concrete projects, thus truly achieving the purpose of Local Change Through Global Exchange®.
Given the situation with the global COVID-19 pandemic, the YLP team is implementing the program fully virtually through electronic modules, Zoom discussions, and one-on-one virtual learning between mentors and trainees.
The Young Leaders Access Program 2021 begins with the Community Needs Assessment, a 2-month community in need of a mapping project that prepares young people to better understand their own local community. After the community needs assessment, the young leaders participate in an intensive 3-month virtual program that helps them become leaders of positive change in their communities. After the virtual learning, participants spend 7 months developing their action plans with the support of former student mentors.