First Year Program

Young Leaders, Global Impact

Through experiential activities, workshops, retreats, community service in Seattle, and a two-week cultural immersion to Guatemala, GV prepares Seattle-area high school students to define and address environmental and social justice issues in their communities while developing as leaders and becoming more aware of their global citizenship.

We offer two versions of our program to accommodate all schedules. Our year-long program (Spring and Summer cohorts) meets approximately once per month throughout the school year, and includes weekend retreats and a community service component. For students who are not available after school during the school year, we offer an intensive version of the program (Intensive cohort), which condenses the year-long curriculum into workshops scheduled the three days prior to the Guatemala immersion.

All participants participate in the two-week immersion in Guatemala. Once in Guatemala, participants live with a homestay family and work alongside teens from Guatemala on service projects. You will also have the opportunity to improve your Spanish language skills in daily language class, learn Salsa, and explore the history and culture of Guatemala.

More information about the First Year Leadership program can be found below or by clicking on the “First Year Program FAQs” quick link. If you have any questions contact Elizabeth Caldart.

See below for a complete 2018-19 program calendar for each of GV's First Year program cohorts.

Spring Cohort Summer Cohort Intensive Cohort
Early Bird Deadline October 8, 2018 October 8, 2018 October 8, 2018
Application Deadline October 22, 2018 October 22, 2018 October 22, 2018
Acceptance Notification October 26, 2018 October 26, 2018 October 26, 2018
Orientation* October 30, 2019 November 1, 2018 November 7, 2018
Fundraising Workshop (optional) November 8, 2018 November 8, 2018 November 8, 2018
Fundraising Workshop (optional) November 14, 2018 November 14, 2018 November 14, 2018
Wreath Option 1 Preliminary Deadline November 13, 2018 November 13, 2018 November 13, 2018
Wreath Option 1 Final Deadline November 16, 2018 November 16, 2018 November 16, 2018
Kick-off Retreat November 17, 2018 November 17, 2018 N/A
Wreath Option 1 Distribution November 20-21, 2018 November 20-21, 2018 November 20-21, 2018
Wreath Option 2 Preliminary Deadline November 27, 2018 November 27, 2018 November 27, 2018
Wreath Option 2 Final Deadline November 30, 2018 November 30, 2018 November 30, 2018
Wreath Option 2 Distribution December 5, 2018 December 5, 2018 December 5, 2018
Culture Night #1 December 5, 2018 December 5, 2018 N/A
Seattle Tilth Day (opt. 1) TBD TBD N/A
Culture Night #2 January 16, 2019 January 30, 2019 N/A
EarthCorps Day (opt. 1) TBD TBD N/A
Culture Night #3 January 30, 2019 March 6, 2019 N/A
EarthCorps Day (opt. 2) TBD TBD N/A
Seattle Tilth Day (opt. 2) TBD TBD N/A
Culture Night #4 March 6, 2019 May 1, 2019 N/A
Culture Night #5 April 24, 2019 May 29, 2019 N/A
Pre-immersion Retreat February 8-10, 2019 May 18-20, 2019 N/A
Pre-departure Meeting* March 15, 2019 June 28, 2019 July 19, 2019
Pre-immersion Workshop N/A N/A July 30-August 1, 2019
Immersion** March 29-April 12, 2019 July 16-30, 2019 August 2-16, 2019
Storytelling Potluck May 3, 2019 August 22, 2019 August 27, 2019

*Parents and participants and required to attend this meeting.

**These dates are subject to change +/- 2 days as a result of fluctuations in air ticket prices and/or school closures (snow days). We will communicated changes in the immersion dates as soon as available.

Orientation

Parents and students are required to attend a program orientation. At this orientation, former first year program participants and staff provide an overview of the first year program, review important dates and forms, and answer any questions you may have about the program.

Fundraising

Global Visionaries works closely with youth and families to offer structured fundraising opportunities. These opportunities include: Chinook Book and wreath & garland sales in the fall, coffee sales in the winter and spring, and letter writing campaigns year-round. GV staff will support you to raise 30% or more of your program fees.

Culture Nights

Culture nights are 2-hour meetings that occur once a month throughout the year for 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 Spring and Summer participants are required to complete 20 hours of service before the cultural immersion experience in Guatemala. Intensive participants can participate on an optional basis. We offer multiple dates for service work throughout the year in partnership with our two local partner organizations. To learn more about Seattle Tilth click here. To learn more about EarthCorps click here.

Retreats

Each year youth participate in two weekend retreats. A day-long fall retreat and an overnight winter/early spring retreat. The day-long fall retreat is a welcome event that introduces participants to their peers and sets the tone for the rest of the program year. During the overnight retreat in winter/early spring students learn about imperialism and oppression, what their experience in Guatemala will be like, and most of all, each other.

Orientation

Parents and students are required to attend a program orientation. At this orientation, former first year program participants and staff provide an overview of the first year program, review important dates and forms, and answer any questions you may have about the program.

Fundraising

Global Visionaries works closely with youth and families to provide structured fundraising opportunities. These opportunities include: Chinook Book and wreath & garland sales in the fall, coffee sales in the winter and spring, and letter writing campaigns year-round. GV staff will support you to raise 30% or more of your program fees.

Three-day Workshop

For youth that cannot participate in the year-long leadership program, Global Visionaries offers a condensed version of the program each summer. Instead of meeting monthly throughout the school year, Intensive participants will cover all program curriculum during a three-day workshop prior to travel. The workshop introduces participants to systematic oppression, environmental conservation, global citizenry, and Guatemalan culture and history. See the "Important Program Dates" tab above for exact workshop and travel dates.

After the workshop, intensive participants take part in the same immersion experience as the year-long participants.

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

Overall, participants will earn 32 service hours during the Guatemala immersion.

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.

Upcoming Information Nights

The dates for our 201819 program year information nights will be updated in early September 2018. Please check back then.

You do not need to attend the school that the information night is scheduled at.

September 20, 2017 at 7:00-9:00 PM (Ballard High School, Room S 201)

September 26, 2017, 7:00-9:00 PM (Roosevelt High School Room 131)

September 27, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 PM (Mercer Island High School Room Library)

September 28, 2017 at 7:00-9:00 PM (Nathan Hale High School Room Library)

October 3, 2017 at 7:00-9:00 PM (Chief Sealth High School Room Library)

October 4, 2017 at 7:00-9:00 PM (Cleveland High School)

October 10, 2017 at 7:00-9:00 PM (Garfield High School, Room 330)

Financial Information Nights

October 4, 2018 at 6:00-7:30 PM (Global Visionaries office)

October 18, 2018 at 6:00-7:30 PM (Global Visionaries office)

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-19 First Year Leadership Program

2018-19 application deadlines:

Early Bird deadline: Monday, October 8, 2018*

Application deadline: Monday, October 22, 2018

*$100 Early bird discount applied to total program fee.

First Year Program Application!

The information below will help you estimate your total program cost.

Program cost is based on a sliding scale in order to increase equity and accessibility of our program. Our scale is base on program cohort, household income, and family size.

While we cannot guarantee a specific amount of financial aid, we are committed to working with every family to make our program accessible and affordable. Please contact our program staff, programs@global-visionaries.org to discuss your situation, even if you feel that you do not qualify for financial aid.

If parents are separated or divorced, and you are applying for financial aid, please provide financial information for the person who claims the child on their tax forms.

Spring and Summer Program Cost

Program Fees: $3,775 + Estimated Airfare: $950

Total Program Cost: $4,725

The table below estimates financial aid amount and program cost based on household income. For a more detailed estimation of financial aid and program cost, broken out by household size, please click here.

 Household Income Financial Aid Total Program Cost
​$0-$10,000 $4,6255-$4,315 $100-$410
$10,001-$20,000 ​$4,315-$3,905 $410-$820
​$20,001-$30,000 ​$3,905-$3,495 $820-1,230
​$30,001-$40,000 ​$3,495-$3,085 $1,203-$1,640
​$40,001-$50,000 ​$3,085-$2,675 $​1,640-$2,050
​$50,001-$60,000 ​$2,675-$2,265 $2,050-$2,460
$60,001-$70,000 ​$2,265-$1,855 ​$2,460-$2,870
​$70,001-$80,000 $1,855-$1,445 ​$2,870-$3,280
$80,001-$90,000 ​$1,445-$1,035 $3,280-$3,690
​$90,001-$100,000 $1,035-$625 $3,690-$4,100
​$100,001-$110,000 $625-$215 $4,100-$4,510
​$110,001-$150,000 $215-$0 ​$4,510-$4,725
​$150,001+ $0 ​$4,725

Intensive Program Cost

Program Fees: $3,300 + Estimated Airfare: $950

Total Program Cost: $4,250

The table below estimates financial aid amount and program cost based on household income. For a more detailed estimation of financial aid and program cost, broken out by household size, please click here.

 Household Income Est. Financial Aid Est. Total Program Cost
​$0-$10,000 $4,150-$3,840 $100-$410
$10,001-$20,000 ​$3,840-$3,430 $410-$820
​$20,001-$30,000 ​$3,420-$3,020 $820-$1,230
​$30,001-$40,000 ​$3,020-$2,610 $1,230-$1,640
​$40,001-$50,000 ​$2,610-$2,200 $​1,640-$2,050
​$50,001-$60,000 ​$2,200-$1,790 $2,050-$2,460
$60,001-$70,000 ​$1,790-$1,380 ​$2,460-$2,870
​$70,001-$80,000 $1,380-$970 ​$2,870-$3,280
$80,001-$90,000 ​$970-$560 $3,280-$3,690
​$90,001-$100,000 $560-$150 $3,690-$4,100
​$100,001-$110,000 $150-$0 $4,100-$4,250
​$110,001-$150,000 $0 ​$4,250
​$150,001+ $0 ​​$4,250

Global Visionaries works closely with participants and families to provide structured fundraising opportunities. These opportunities include: Chinook Book and wreath & garland sales in the fall, coffee sales in the winter and spring, and letter writing campaigns year-round. GV 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 Workshop to learn more about what options are available to you. See the "Important Program Dates" tab for details.

Participants are eligible to earn up to 13 college credits at Seattle Central College (SCC) after completing the Global Visionaries First Year Leadership Program and some additional coursework.

Credits Available

HUM 291: Spanish Language Through Experiential Activities (5 or 10 credits)

Cost: 5 credits $550* | Cost: 10 credits $1075*

HDC 197: Leadership Practice and Application (2 or 3 credits)

Cost: $106.84/credit*

Both courses require students to write journal entries throughout their immersion, so if you are interested in applying for credit, please plan to keep a journal in Guatemala.

*Prices subject to change. All fees for college credit are paid to SCC directly, not Global Visionaries.

Before You Register

Participants have one year from the time of completing the First Year Leadership program to apply for credits. For example, if you travel with GV in April 2019, you must apply for the credits before April 2020.

Additionally, participants must be 16 years or older by the September following their immersion to apply for credits. If you are not 16, you may retroactively apply for the credit once you turn 16.

These credits are considered “restricted” electives for students attending Seattle Central College. Five credits may apply toward the elective area of the Associate of Arts degree. We strongly encourage you to check with any colleges or universities 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.

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

To Register

Email Karen Kato of SCC at karen.kato@seattlecolleges.edu or call (206) 934-6998.

All participants who complete the First Year Leadership program are eligible to apply for the Advanced Leadership Program.

For more information about the Advanced Program, click here.