MCW Global's year-long flagship program is for participants (18 to 26), who are prepared to become leaders of positive change in their communities by giving them the tools and skills needed to transform passion into action. The program is based on 3 phases:

Community Needs Assessment

The Young Leaders Access Program begins with an intensive community mapping 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 online learning, as it will provide the young leaders with a better understanding of the needs of the community. (2 months)

Vision Planning: Project Development Through Virtual Learning

Participants come to the Young Leaders Access Program 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, discussions, e-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. (3 months)

Alumni Mentorship and Ongoing Support

To further develop and execute their actionable plans, Young Leaders are paired with alumni mentors, who will guide them at 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. (7 months)