Come join a global and connected network of young changemakers!
The Global Leaders Program at Wheaton College brings together high school-age changemakers from around the world to learn the basics of social entrepreneurship and gain insight into college life at a top-rated U.S. college of liberal arts and sciences.
Through engaging lectures, workshops, discussions and field trips, students will learn how to craft a business plan, find investors and build an organization or initiative that will effect change in their communities. They’ll also learn about choosing an area of study, what it takes to succeed in a competitive classroom environment, and how to market themselves and grow their career networks while exploring the rich culture and history of the greater Boston area.
Eligibility: High school rising juniors and seniors
Program dates: Monday, July 6 – Saturday, July 18, 2020
Program cost: $3,500 (includes tuition, room, and board and local travel for the program). Limited need-based financial aid is available for qualified applicants.
Application deadline: the priority application deadline is April 1, 2020.
The core portion of the program will be a five-day seminar on “Innovation and Social Change,” led by President Dennis M. Hanno, who has led similar seminars for thousands of students across the world. Students will be guided through a process of turning their ideas into action.
Other sessions will introduce students to several of the subject areas they might pursue in higher education and provide an overview of the kinds of services and support available for students at liberal arts and sciences colleges such as Wheaton. Students will return to their home country or state with a deep understanding of how they can make the most of educational opportunities available to them in the United States.
Housing and student activities
Under the guidance of Wheaton student advisors, you will live in the brand new Pine Hall (opened in August 2019) on the Wheaton campus in Norton, Massachusetts (rated among the Top 10 Safest Cities in the U.S., according to SafeWise). Located between two major metropolitan cities—Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island—Wheaton has been named a Top 15 Most Beautiful College by Best College Values and a Top 50 U.S. Liberal Arts College by Times Higher Education and the Wall Street Journal.
Along with getting a taste of the true residential campus experience, you will enjoy fun, educational off-campus trips. Previous programs have included visits to the Museum of Science and Boston universities (including Harvard and MIT) as well as participation in an off-site ropes course challenge.
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Wants to change the world by: Promoting digital and code literacy, supporting human rights
Hobbies: Piano, board games
Career interests: Astrophysics, data science
“This program gives you so much. It develops your skills. It helps you socialize with like-minded individuals. It helps you accept the role you have in your community and understand global issues from the perspectives of many different individuals.”
Wants to change the world by: Supporting human rights and eradicating discrimination
Hobbies: Learning new languages, sports, reading, traveling, debate/Model UN
Career interests: Working in the United Nations
“This program has opened my mind in a way, in which I’m able to interact with people from different places, understand their ideas, share my experience and also understand theirs. It’s made my network bigger, and my ideas bigger and better.”
Wants to change the world by: Supporting gender equality, providing equal access to education
Hobbies: Biological research
Career interests: Business, molecular engineering
“Networking is very, very important—that’s something I acquired a lot this week, through talking to different people who started their own businesses. Even though I’m working on education, I got to talk to people who are doing filmmaking and working on music, and it really is enriching to someone like me, who’s venturing into entrepreneurship and into change-making for the first time.”
Hobbies: I love to travel, write music, and read. I brought my ukulele with me over the summer (to GLP, Chicago, Toronto, Ottawa, Madrid, Salamanca) and wrote songs whenever inspiration struck!
Career Interest: After my undergrad degree, I’m planning to study law and practice in the US or Canada.
“GLP gave me the inspiration to frame my passion for music in a creative way to benefit my community in Hong Kong. I also had the opportunity to take fascinating and introspective interdisciplinary classes during my time at Wheaton and made loads of new friends from around the world – all in all, an unforgettable experience.”
Wants to change the world by: Ensuring every child receives a good fundamental education
Hobbies: Soccer, writing
Career interests: Statistics, physics
“This program is really inspiring, not only because we are trying to start our own business but because of what we learn during the process. The participants in this program are some of the best students from all over the world, and we learn from each other.”