Building Global Youth Leaders
The One World Young Leaders Program provides young people (18 to 25) from under-represented backgrounds with training and field experience in international human rights and development. One World Young Leaders Program spend eight weeks during the summer in a developing country. The program is divided into two phases: (i) a one-week Leadership Development Institute and (ii) a seven-week internship with development and human rights organizations.
One World recruits one Group Leader (ages 26 to 35) for each country program. Like Young Leaders, Group Leaders participate in an eight-week program. In addition, Group Leaders ensure that the One World program runs smoothly by (i) facilitating the one-week training program; (ii) coordinating logistics once participants arrive in country; (iii) effectively handling critical situations as they arise; and (iv) providing weekly updates to One World staff.
Young Leaders work with our partner organizations where they have been previously assigned. Past One World delegations went to Cambodia, India, Mali, Senegal and Uganda. Work with our partners allows Young Leaders to put the skills gained during the Institute into practice. Throughout the internship experience, Young Leaders may meet leaders at the grassroots, governmental, intergovernmental and private sectors to better understand the issues facing the host country.
One World participants have worked alongside Dalit youth, Cambodian hip-hop artists, and Malian organizations working to improve community health and educational outcomes. Young leaders have worked both with grassroots, locally driven organizations in addition to USAID and other donor-funded projects.
Many One World Young Leaders have gone on to careers in international service, law, public policy, education, and the private sector.