2018 GLF Participant Application

Welcome to the 2018 Global Leadership Forum application! At GLF, we believe in the power of risk-taking among youth and a desire to see a fair world. We offer opportunities that will challenge your current understanding of the world. Through our carefully organized educational experience, you will be empowered by with ideas to tackle some of the problems in your community.


What do we look for in GLF participants?

We seek participants who have demonstrated leadership or who have an interest in developing leadership skills, and who are interested in or have been involved in:

•   Social and environmental justice
•   Service learning
•   Global community building
•   Project development and design thinking
•   Wilderness challenges

We welcome everyone to apply as we will review all 2018 short course applications. There are no academic requirements to attend the Global Leadership Forum. We integrate a variety of learning styles and pedagogical practices during our program and focus on experiential education. Participants, however, must be able to independently participate in 4-5 high altitude hikes during the course, as wilderness challengers are a strong component of this course for this year. Be prepare to engage, participate, and have lots of fun! 


The application process:

1.  Complete and submit an online application (including requested forms and $50 non-refundable application fee). You may save and return later at any point during the application. 

2.  Schedule and complete a video interview.

3.  Wait to be contacted by the GLF Director regarding your acceptance status.

4.  If accepted, register for the GLF Short Course, submit all health forms, arrange travel, and pay the program tuition. Registration information will be sent upon acceptance.


About You

Please share all nationalities you represent​​
(he, she, they)​​​​​
Include international access code and area code​
(Example: Spanish - Conversational)​​​​​

Parent / Guardian Information

(mother, father, grandparent, uncle, etc.)​​​​​​
(xxx) xxx-xxxx​​​
(xxx) xxx-xxxx​​​
Parent / Guardian will be copied on all e-mail communications with applicants and participants​

Current Education Information

(Example: 11th grade, 10th year)​​​
If Home School, please copy same home address. ​​
Please include the international access code​ if outside the United States​

Prospective Participant Questions

250 - 500 words​​​​​
250 - 500 words​​​​​
250 - 500 words​​​​​
250 - 500 words​​​​​​
(Financial aid does not cover air or ground travel to New Mexico, visa acquisition, or health insurance​)​​

Next Steps

In order to complete your application you will need to follow the steps below and pay a $50 application fee. If you have questions or concerns about the application fee, please contact summeryouthprograms@uwc-usa.org before submitting your application.

1. Upload a picture or head shot

2. Download the Six Part Permission form below then complete, sign, scan, and upload

3. Download the Health forms to be completed. Pending acceptance into the Short Course, these will be uploaded in the GLF Short Course Registration

4.. Upload tax and income form (only if you are applying for financial aid)

Six Part Permission Form

Health Forms

Submit a picture of yourself​​​
Max file size: 10 MB
(PDF only)​​
Max file size: 10 MB
(PDF or Word Documents)​​
Max file size: 10 MB
Application fee, picture or head shot, teacher reference letter, 6-part form for your parents and you to sign, and scheduled an interview date and time.​​​​​​​​​
If you are unable to pay via credit card then please contact summeryouthprograms@uwc-usa.org​ to discuss alternative options for paying the application fee. ​

Please provide an email address where we can send a link to your current form.

Email Address :


Program Cost: $3,500 (financial aid available)

Application Fee: $50

Dates: July 6 – 23, 2018

Application Deadline: March 16, 2018

Location: Montezuma, New Mexico

Ages: 14-18

Information Brochure: Download pdf [1.9MB]


“I was determined to help people that were affected by natural disasters and do work that is needed to recover from them.”

– Virginia Flagler, GLF Participant

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