MCW Global Young Leaders Fellowship



The Young Leaders Fellowship Program is a one-of-a-kind leadership opportunity open to all young people between 18 – 26 from all over the world who wish to address community projects in the areas of education, health, and economic security. The year-long program prepares young people to become leaders of change in their communities through leadership development, global citizenship, self-awareness, and vision planning.

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The program team, mentors, and mentees all work together to impact communities through innovative ideas and concrete projects, hence truly accomplishing the purpose of Local Change Through Global Exchange®.

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The aim of the Fellowship Program is to mobilize young people with the skills and resources needed to create and implement vision plans in the area of education, health, and economic security. MCW Global’s Young Leaders Fellowship begins with the Community Needs Assessment – A one-month community needs mapping that prepares young people, between the ages of 18-26, from around the world to understand their local communities better. After the community needs assessment, Young Leaders participate in a one-month intensive Virtual Program that helps them become leaders of positive change in their communities. After Virtual Learning, participants spend 10-months developing their action plans with support from alumni mentors.

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Given the situation with the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, we are implementing the program fully virtual through e-modules, Zoom discussions, and virtual one-on-one learning between mentors and mentees.

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MCW Global’s Young Leaders Fellowship begins with the Community Needs Assessment – A one-month community needs mapping that prepares young people, between the ages of 18-26, from around the world to understand their local communities better. After the community needs assessment, Young Leaders participate in a one-month intensive Virtual Program that helps them become leaders of positive change in their communities. After Virtual Learning, participants spend 10-months developing their action plans with support from alumni mentors.

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Community Needs Assessment

The Young Leaders Fellowship begins with an intensive community mapping project and community needs assessment, where Young Leaders will be provided with the tools and knowledge to assess their own community.

This phase is implemented prior to starting the Virtual Learning, as it will provide the young leaders with a better understanding of the needs of their community. (1 month)

Project Development Through Virtual Learning

Participants come to the Young Leaders Fellowship with an idea of a community issue they want to address. Vision planning is the process of transforming passion into a concrete, tangible plan for change.

Through online sessions with speakers, discussionse-modules, and assignments, participants will be able to put their local issues into a larger global context while understanding why they are in a unique position to make a change in their community. Participants will also determine which tools and skills can be applied to an actionable plan. (1 month)

Alumni Mentorship & Ongoing Support

To further develop and execute their actionable plans, Young Leaders are paired with alumni mentors, who will guide them during the Virtual Program toward creating an actionable plan. During the year, alumni mentors support participants by facilitating quarterly “hangouts” and ongoing remote communication.
Alumni mentors undergo customized training prior to the start of the program in order to support team building and cultural competency among the diverse group of Young Leaders. (10 months)

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Young Leaders Must:

  • Demonstrate commitment to their community;
  • Identify a project in their community in the area of educationhealth, or economic security;
  • Be between the ages of 18-26 at the start of the program (July 1, 2022);
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English;
  • Complete the Community Needs Assessment over the summer, attending the one-month Virtual Learning program, and spending the following year aiming to execute their community project;
  • Have access to email and internet to allow for consistent communication with the MCW Global Team and Young Leaders Program alumni-mentor for the duration of the year-long program;
  • Adhere to Young Leaders Fellowship Program graduation guidelines (to be provided upon acceptance to the program);
  • Submit a completed application on or before March 13, 2022 end of the day (NYC EST time).

2022 – 2023 TIMELINE

  • February 7, 2022: Young Leaders Fellowship application opens;
  • March 13, 2022: Young Leaders Fellowship application closes;
  • April 8, 2022: First round decisions sent out; shortlist candidates notified; second-round application opens;
  • April 24, 2022: Second-round application closes;
  • May 16 – June 3, 2022: Interviews with Alumni;
  • June 10, 2022: Acceptances sent out;
  • June 24, 2022: Confirmation of acceptance;
  • July 1 – July 31, 2022: Community Needs Assessment;
  • August 5, 6, and 7, 2022: PART I – Virtual Modules (Tentative schedule 10 AM – 3 PM EST);
  • August 10, 11, and 12, 2022: PART II – Virtual Modules (Tentative schedule 10 AM – 3 PM EST);
  • August 22, 23, and 24, 2022: PART III – Virtual Modules (Tentative schedule 10 AM – 3 PM EST);
  • August 5, 2022 – July 1, 2023: Young Leaders Fellowship duration.



The application must be filled out in English.

Letters of recommendation and resumes also need to be written in English. Any part of the application that is not written in English will not be read and be considered incomplete.

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The application includes:

  • General Information
  • Essay Questions
    • Identify an issue 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 come up with a solution.
  • Resume
    • Your resume should not be more than 1 page. We suggest that it be prepared in Times New Roman, 12 font, with 1-inch margins.
  • Two Letters of recommendation
    • Your letters should come from people who know your work ethic and commitment to your community. Friends and family members are discouraged from writing letters of recommendation.
    • Recommenders should state their name, position, contact info, and relationship to the applicant at the top of the letter.
  • Liability Waiver
    • At the end of the application, please review the terms and conditions.
  • Application Portal
    • Click here to create an account and submit the application, by March 13, 2022.

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Please read carefully the following logistics information:

  • The Young Leaders Fellowship is free of charge to make the program accessible to all participants. .
  • MCW Global will also cover the costs of program tools, e-modules, speakers, and additional program expenses during the community needs assessment period, virtual learning, and the remaining part of the program between September 2022 – July 1, 2023.

Given the current circumstances and safety measures for international travel and public gatherings, the Young Leaders Fellowship 2022 will be implemented fully virtually.

**If you have any questions or need further clarifications, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].

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MCW Global is a non-profit organization with a vision for communities around the world to achieve greater levels of education, improved health, and increased economic security. Our mission is to address communities’ pressing needs by empowering current leaders and readying leaders of tomorrow. Founded in 1999, MCW Global is based in New York with affiliate organizations in Africa (Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia). We offer a Young Leaders Program and an Africa Program, which focuses on Oral Health Care and Community Development. Our core values include integrity, compassion, accountability, responsibility, and excellence.

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