Core Leadership Program application open below
2021 Core Leadership Program details
Who: Current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders from the United States.
Location: Everywhere! This is a virtual program.
Dates: Session 1: June 21 to July 2, 2021
OR Session 2: August 2-13, 2021
Each day will include four total hours of synchronous programming. The program overall will have 40 hours of synchronous (large sessions and small groups) plus 10 hours of independent learning and action.
Overview: During your Core Leadership Program experience, you will take part in a series of workshops and dialogues, as well as leadership and action-taking opportunities, all while being a part of a tight-knit cohort of young people from around the country representing different backgrounds, identity groups, and lived experiences.
You will come away ready to take part in other increasingly rigorous Seeds of Peace leadership programs that challenge and push you to deepen your engagement in your community. You will also be ready to mobilize and take action to create more just and inclusive societies in solidarity with others.
We work hard to make sure that our programs are accessible to as many people as possible. Financially, this means offering scholarships at a variety of levels to all who need them. After your application has been submitted you will receive a link to our scholarship form. We ask that all participants make a meaningful contribution to their experience, whether this is $25, $200, or the full amount of the program. We do our best to ensure that no one is turned away due to financial reasons.
- Sessions focusing on dialogue, leadership, and action-taking.
- Leading or co-leading an activity or session during the program, with support from peers and facilitators.
- Preparing for and taking action on an issue that you are passionate about in your community.
- Group work—building trust and holding power within a group of peers
- Basic communication skills—listening, questioning, and reflecting
- Identity exploration—sharing the pieces of us (religion, sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, immigration status, socioeconomic status, ability, age, and more) that make up our worldview
- Navigating conflict—developing the skills we need to bridge big divides, and what to do when conflict strikes
- Leadership styles and frameworks
- Self-awareness—lifting our voices, telling our story, setting our purpose
- Listening—understanding the needs and interests of groups and individuals
- Having influence—youth civic leadership and leading change alongside adults
- Activism through history and what we can learn from it
- Community-based action—mutual aid, organizing with others, harnessing people power
- Influencing legislation and policy—using your voice and power to lobby and advocate for government-level change
- Self-care—taking care of Number One
- Enacting change NOW—planning actions for change and learning how to bring Seeds of Peace to others in your community