First Year Program

Young Leaders, Global Impact

The Global Visionaries leadership program is a transformational journey of leadership and self-discovery where youth enter as learners and leave as leaders. GV prepares youth to define and address environmental and social injustice in their communities while becoming more aware of their global citizenry. Our year-long program combines several components designed to frame local issues in a global context and culminates in a two-week immersion experience in Guatemala. For participants who can’t attend the year-long program, GV offers an Intensive three-day workshop before the immersion experience in Guatemala.

Once in Guatemala, youth work alongside local teens that have gone through a similar leadership program facilitated by our Guatemalan staff. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for up to 10 language and three leadership college credits through Seattle Central Community College.

Important Program Dates

See below for a complete calendar for each of GV's three programs.

Please note ACT Testing Dates on February 11 and April 8 during required Spring program events. If you plan to take the ACT this year, please consider other testing dates (September 10, October 22, December 10, and June 10) according to your college application schedule, or consider participating in the Summer or Intensive programs.

Spring Program Summer Program Intensive Program
Early Bird Deadline October 10, 2016 October 10, 2016 October 10, 2016
Application Deadline October 24, 2016 October 24, 2016 October 24, 2016
Student/Parent Orientation* November 4, 2016 November 4, 2016 November 9, 2016
Fundraising Workshop (optional) November 5, 2016 November 5, 2016 November 5, 2016
Fundraising Workshop (optional) November 10, 2016 November 10, 2016 November 10, 2016
Kick-off Retreat November 18-19, 2016 November 18-19, 2016 N/A
Parent-only Orientation* November 19, 2016 November 19, 2016 N/A
Wreath Distribution November 21, 2016 November 21, 2016 November 21, 2016
Culture Night #1 (optional parent night) December 7, 2016 December 7, 2016 N/A
Seattle Tilth Community Day (option 1) January 7, 2017 January 7, 2017 N/A
Culture Night #2 (optional parent night) January 11, 2017 January 11, 2017 N/A
EarthCorps Community Day (option 1) January 16, 2017 January 16, 2017 N/A
Culture Night #3 (optional parent night) February 1, 2017 February 15, 2017 N/A
EarthCorps Community Day (option 2) February 4, 2017 February 4, 2017 N/A
Spring Retreat February 10-12, 2017 March 3-5, 2017 N/A
Seattle Tilth Community Day (option 2) March 11, 2017 March 11, 2017 N/A
Culture Night #4 March 15, 2017 March 29, 2017 N/A
Culture Night #5 N/A May 3, 2017 N/A
Supply Drive Packing Party March 18, 2017 June 10, 2017 N/A
Pre-departure Meeting* March 24, 2017 June 16, 2017 July 7, 2017
3-day Intensive Workshop* N/A N/A July 18-20, 2017
Immersion Trip to Guatemala April 7-21, 2017 June 30-July 14, 2017 July 21-August 4, 2017
Re-entry Meeting May 10, 2017 August 25, 2017 August 23, 2017
Storytelling Event May 10, 2017 August 25, 2017 August 23, 2017

*Parents and required to attend these meetings.

Year-Long Program Components

Orientation

Parents and students are asked to attend a program orientation. At this orientation, former program participants and staff will provide an overview of the first year program, go over important dates and forms, and provide you a chance to ask any questions you may have.

Fundraising

Students are expected to participate in fundraising for a portion of their own program fees. Staff will support you to raise 30% or more of your program fees. Global Visionaries offers fundraising opportunities through the sale of locally-sourced wreaths in November and December, letter writing campaigns to solicit sponsors, and creative fundraising opportunities developed by participants groups themselves.

Culture Nights

Culture nights are 2-hour meetings that occur once a month throughout the year for the Spring and Summer participants. Culture nights are designed to teach Global Visionaries curriculum to participants; elevating their awareness of social and environmental justice around the world, as well as the culture and history of Guatemala. Intensive participants do not take part in Culture Nights.

Local Service Work

All participants are required to participate in local service work to complete 20 hours of service before the cultural immersion experience in Guatemala. Intensive participants can participate on an optional basis. We have two local partners. To learn more about Seattle Tilth click here. To learn more about EarthCorps click here.

Retreats

Each year youth participate in two retreats, an overnight and a three-day long retreat. The overnight retreat is a welcome event that introduces participants to their peers and sets the tone for the rest of the experience. During the three-day retreat to Camp Sealth on Vashon Island, youth enter as friends and leave as family. Throughout the three days students learn about imperialism and oppression, what their experience in Guatemala will be like, and most of all, each other.

Intensive Program Components

Orientation

Parents and students are asked to attend a program orientation. At this orientation, former program participants and staff will provide an overview of the first year program, go over important dates and forms, and provide you a chance to ask any questions you may have.

Fundraising

Students are expected to participate in fundraising for a portion of their own program fees. Staff will support you to raise 30% or more of your program fees. Global Visionaries offers fundraising opportunities through the sale of locally-sourced wreaths in November and December, letter writing campaigns to solicit sponsors, and creative fundraising opportunities developed by participants groups themselves.

Three-day Workshop

For youth that cannot participate in the year-long leadership program, Global Visionaries offers a condensed version known as the Intensive Leadership Program. The condensed program is a three-day workshop that introduces participants to systematic oppression, environmental conservation, global citizenry, and Guatemalan culture and history. The workshop is held in Seattle from July 18-20, 2017.

After the workshop, intensive participants take part in the same immersion experience as the year-long participants. The intensive immersion trip to Guatemala will be from July 21- August 5, 2017.

Guatemala Program Components

International Service Work

Building on the foundation created by the local service performed in Seattle, youth work with the Guatemalan youth on the following projects:

  • Coffee farming (Spring program only)
  • Reforestation projects (Summer/Intensive programs only)
  • Long-term care hospital support
  • School and community center construction work

Spanish Lessons

Spanish school is a great way to learn more about Guatemalan culture while improving communication. Each participant will have their own teacher who teaches at their level. Spanish school is 3 hours after lunch every day for the first 5 days. Overall, participants gain over 150 hours of language immersion through homestays, work teams, and cultural excursions with Guatemalan youth participants.

Homestays

While in Guatemala, each participant and one or two of their group-mates will stay with a local Guatemalan family in their home. Homestay families cook and provide traditional Guatemalan food for the students. The homestay brings participants closer to the Guatemalan culture and is often one of the most impactful immersion experiences for youth.

Fun & Adventure

Participants will also have the chance to see Mayan ruins, take a trip to Antigua, Guatemala, and loosen up with Salsa dance lessons.

Information Nights

Upcoming Information Nights for WA State:*

Ballard HS, Room S201, Wednesday, September 28, 7-9 PM
Nathan Hale, HS Library, Tuesday, October 4, 7-9 PM
Roosevelt HS, Room 140, Tuesday, October 4, 7-9 PM
Cleveland HS, Room 2214, Wednesday, October 5, 7-9 PM
Chief Sealth IHS, Library, Thursday, October 6, 7-9 PM
Garfield HS, Room 216, Tuesday, October 11, 7-9 PM
Kamiak HS, Room 222, Wednesday, October 12, 7-9 PM
Mercer Island Community Center, Thursday, October 13, 7-9 PM

*You do not need to attend school in the location of an information night.

Financial Information Meetings at Global Visionaries Offices on Beacon Hill in Seattle:

Wednesday October 5, 6-7:30 PM
Tuesday October 11, 6-7:30 PM

Application Information

Application for Global Visionaries Youth Leadership Programs begins each in September and run for approximately two months.

Important Application Dates

Early Bird deadline: October 10, 2016*
Application deadline: October 24, 2016

*$100 early bird discount by October 10th

To apply to the first year program, click here.

Cost of the Program

Program cost is dependent upon family income and scholarships are available for those who qualify. Our goal is to allocate need-based scholarships to 50% of all participants.

Global Visionaries is committed to having participants from 50% of all participants from low-income families and 50% middle/upper income families. To meet this goal, we provide support in the form of scholarships and fundraising opportunities. For more information about how financial aid works, please join us at an Information Night.

A portion of your program fees will be sent to Guatemala to support our Guatemalan Youth Program and the projects that participants engage in during their cultural immersion trip as well as to support the scholarship fund for low-income and at-risk youth in our US program.

Spring and Summer Program Cost:

Program Fees: $3,675
Estimated Airfare: $900
TOTAL: $4,575

Intensive Program Cost:

Program Fees: $3,290
Estimated Airfare: $900
TOTAL: $4,190

The table below will help you estimate your scholarship amount.

 Family Income Estimated Scholarship Package Estimated Program Cost + Airfare
​$0-$15,000 $4,255-$4,035 $390-$540
$15,001-$20,000 ​$4,035-$3,835 $540-$740
​$20,001-$30,000 ​$3,835-$3,635 $740-$940
​$30,001-$40,000 ​$3,635-$3,235 $940-$1,340
​$40,001-$50,000 ​$3,235-$2,635 $​1,340-$1,940
​$50,001-$60,000 ​$2,635-$2,135 $1,940-$2,440
$60,001-$70,000 ​$2,135-$1,635 ​$2,440-$2,940
​$70,001-$80,000 $1,635-$1,065 ​$2,940-$3,510
$80,001-$90,000 ​$1,065-$755 $3,510-$3,820
​$90,001-$100,000 $755-$550 $3,820-$4,025
​$100,001-$110,000 $550-$300 $4,025-$4,275
​$110,001+ $300-$0 ​$4,275-$4,575
Fundraising

Global Visionaries works closely with youth and families to provide structured fundraising opportunities including Chinook Book sales, wreath and garland sales, and letter writing campaigns. Staff will support you to raise 30% or more of your program fees.

Global Visionaries believes in student-led fundraising because: 1) fundraising empowers youth to take ownership of their experience, and 2) fundraising lifts the financial burden off of parents.

Please join us at a Fundraising Night to learn more about how what options are available to you.

College Credit

Participants can earn up to 13 college credits at Seattle Central College (SCC) for completing the Global Visionaries First Year Leadership Program.

Credits Available:

5 or 10 credits in Spanish Language Through Experiential Activities: HUM 291
Cost: 5 credits $550*
Cost: 10 credits $1075*
 
2 or 3 credits in Leadership Practice and Application: HDC 197
Cost: $106.84/credit*
*Prices subject to change

These credits are considered “restricted” electives for students attending Seattle Central Community College and five credits may apply toward the elective area of the Associate of Arts degree.

Before You Register

You can apply for credits at any time after completion of the program. They do not expire. We strongly encourage you to check with any schools you are applying to or know that you plan to attend to find out if they will accept the credits before registering and paying for credits.

To Register

Email Karen Kato of SCC at karen.kato@seattlecolleges.edu or call (206) 587-6998. She will personally handle your registration materials.

You must be 16 years or older in order to enroll at SCC by September following the trip. If you are not 16, you may retroactively apply for the credit once you turn 16. You can register for any quarter (winter, spring, etc). All fees for college credit are paid to SCC, not Global Visionaries. You do not need Global Visionaries staff to sign any paperwork. Chris Fontana is the Adjunct Professor for the course. After you register, he will email your grade to SCC.

Credits can also be applied to a high school transcript for high school credit. Check first with your high school counselor for details.

After the Program

When students complete the leadership program, both year-long and intensive, they are eligible to apply for the Advanced Leadership Program. Once in the Advanced Program, youth are in charge of leading the first-year and intensive programs. Advanced leaders also work with the Board of Directors at Global Visionaries.

For more information about the Advanced Program, click here.