Advanced Leadership Program

The Advanced Leadership Program is the next step in leadership development. Running throughout the academic year, this program is specifically designed for youth who have already completed the First Year Program. It’s mission is to advance and sustain Global Visionaries’ programs, which are dedicated to social and environmental justice through youth leadership, education, and community activism.

We are now accepting Advanced Leadership Program applications for 2018-2019. See below for more information on how to apply.

Why Join the Advanced Leadership Program?

It’s an opportunity for young people to bring their passions and ideas to lead Global Visionaries and the community while gaining personal and professional leadership through hands-on experience. Each participant learns the following leadership skills:

  • Group facilitation
  • Public speaking
  • Critical thinking
  • Behavior management
  • Event planning
  • Project planning
  • Philanthropic leadership

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Caldart.

The Advanced Leadership Program is comprised of First Year Program alumni who participate in one of the following five teams in order to deepen their understanding of social justice and environmental stewardship while creating a community of supportive leadership for the first year participants.

The Program begins in late August and runs approximately one year (depending on your specific team).

As an Advanced Leader, each participant commits to the following:

  • Attend the parent and participant orientation
  • Support 1st year recruitment efforts and selection process
  • Attend weekly trainings depending on each team
  • Participate in philanthropic efforts to support the Global Visionaries scholarship fund
  • Attend the one-night weekend retreat

Board of Directors

Members of this team represent the youth voice in GV governance and development initiatives. These leaders serve as a bridge for their peers of the Advanced Leadership Program and their colleagues on the adult-board. They keep each other informed about each other’s goals to develop of a stronger culture of philanthropy, and ultimately a growing and sustainable organization. Board of Directors meet once a month for two hours and attend additional team leader meetings once a month.

Youth in Action

This team explores topics in social and environmental justice and acts locally with Seattle-based organizations making change in the community. The team partners with three or four local nonprofits and volunteers directly with their programs. This team will meet three times per month for two-hour meetings.

Junior Leader

Junior Leaders guide and co-mentor first year participants with the Culture Night Leaders through the spring, summer, or intensive program in Seattle and Guatemala. They primarily facilitate the kick-off retreat, pre-trip retreat, and also participate in additional leadership trainings for all travel leaders. This team will meet three times per month for two-hour meetings.

Culture Night Leaders

These leaders facilitate and support first year participants through their Global Visionaries experience in Seattle, both pre-and-post immersion. They host conversations at each culture night around environmentalism, team building, fundraising, cultural awareness, and reverse culture shock. This team will meet three times per month for two-hour meetings.


This group prepares and facilitates social justice and diversity workshops for the Seattle community and first year participants during weekend pre-trip retreats. When not facilitating, the team continues to learn about specific issues that address social justice while also developing opportunities for community engagement. This team will meet three times per month for two-hour meetings.

Team Leaders

The team leader position is an optional, additional leadership opportunity. Team Leaders represent one member of each team to serve as mentors for their peers. They assist the GV Program Manager in outreach, communication, and planning. They also support Board of Directors in providing monthly updates. Team Leaders meet an additional two hours per month in addition to their team meeting schedule.

Advanced Leadership Program Fees: $1,300

Scholarships are available based on family income. GV is committed to making this program attainable, regardless of financial circumstances. Please contact our program staff to discuss your needs, even if you feel that you may not qualify for scholarship.

Family Income 2017-18 Program Fee
$0-$30,000 $150
$30,001-$50,000 $250
$50,001-$70,000 $350
$70,001-$90,000 $450
$90,001-$110,000 $550
$110,001-$125,000 $750
$125,001-$150,000 $950
$150,001-$200,000 $1,150
$200,001+ $1,300

Junior Leader Team

There are additional costs associated with the Junior Leaders who will be returning to Guatemala as student leaders. The fee covers homestay, food, language classes, airfare and in country travel.

Travel Cost: $2,450

Total Cost (Travel Cost + ALP Program Fees): $3,750

Junior Leaders (JL) are required to pay the Advanced Leadership Program fee, plus the Junior Leader travel cost. GV has limited scholarships available for returning travelers. While we will do everything we can to meet the needs of our applicants, we cannot guarantee a specific amount of scholarship.

 Family Income JL Travel Cost JL Travel Cost + ALP Fee
$0-$30,000 $800 $950
$30,001-$50,000 $975 $1,225
$50,001-$70,000 $1,250 $1,600
$70,001-$90,000 $1,450 $1,900
$90,001-$110,000 $1,700 $2,250
$110,001-$125,000 $1,950 $2,700
$125,001-$150,000 $2,200 $3,150
$150,001-$200,000 $2,350 $3,500
$200,001+ $2,450 $3,750

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Advanced Leadership Program.

ALP application deadlines are dependent upon the current cohort you belong to in the First Year Program. Check your deadline below:

  • Spring Cohort: May 25, 2018
  • Summer Cohort: August 10, 2018
  • Intensive Cohort: August 20, 2018
  • Click HERE to apply!