Become a PAAC Global Leader!
Applications are now closed for
PAAC Global Leadership Program 2023 Cohort
About the Program
PAAC’s Global Leadership Program (GLP) is an innovative, 7-month experience that provides a cohort of 20 students in grades 9-12 across Hawai‘i with opportunities to understand the complex systems surrounding the pressing global issues of our time. Students are empowered to contribute to a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world.
What You'll Accomplish
The Global Leadership Program combines training in leadership skills with hands-on, place-based, virtual, and interactive opportunities to learn about global issues, explore the impact of those issues in Hawaiʻi, and map the systems that need to be addressed to impact change or contribute to sustainable solutions.
Students will explore global issues through multiple lenses: systems, community, ethics, and leadership. We will focus our study on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as we work to better understand the complex systems at play in local and global contexts.
“Our goal is to develop youth leaders who are informed about global issues and are empowered to contribute to a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world,” said Niki Shishido, Executive Director of PAAC. “Students are exploring new ideas, building lasting relationships, and uncovering how they might make a real impact in a complex and connected world.”
Niki Shishido, Executive Director of PAAC
$1,000 International Travel Scholarship for Study Tours
With program completion, students will receive preference when applying to travel with PAAC on an international study tour in June 2023 and become eligible for a $1,000 travel scholarship. Possible destinations include South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, and Switzerland (to be decided by PAAC). This will be a continuation of our GLP growth as well as an opportunity to connect with the larger PAAC community. Learn more.
Calendar of Events (Participation Required)
Oct. 2-5 Leadership Summit/Camp Oct. 22 GLP Virtual Nov. 5 GLP Field Study #1 - Nature-Based Systems Nov. TBD Virtual Global Engagement Workshop (VGE) #1 Dec. 10 Global Vision Summit -GLP (Oʻahu) Jan. TBD VGE #2 Jan. 14 GLP Field Study #2 - Social + Governance Systems Feb. 11 Global Visions Summit + WorldQuest -GLP (Oʻahu) Feb. TBD VGE #3 March 11 GLP Field Study #3 - Social + Economic Systems April 14 GLP Virtual- Showcase Prep April 29 TBC GLP and Clubs Student Showcase
The GLP is built around five components: Leadership Camp, Field Studies, Global Vision Summits, Journey Map, and Student Showcase.
Leadership Camp Summit: Four-day in-person on Oʻahu
The program kicks off with a 4-day Leadership Camp that affirms personal identity, deepens understanding of one's communication style, and refines leadership skills.
- Bond with your team Global Leaders team
- Develop your leadership and communication toolbox
- Introduction to Systems Thinking
- Introduction to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- Introduction Leadership models
Read more about the 2018 Leadership Camp here.
Field Studies: Three in-person meetings on Oʻahu
Students meet on three Saturdays during the school year to participate in workshops built around one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and systems thinking.
Engage in field studies that showcase the UN Sustainable Development Goals as we see them reflected in Hawaiʻi
Meet local and global leaders working toward innovative solutions
Global Vision Summit (GVS): Two in-person events on Oʻahu
Global Vision Summits are PAAC’s interschool conferences open to all high school students interested in global issues. Learn more.
Explore current international issues at our statewide convenings.
Build empathy through our PAAC Simulations
Virtual Global Engagement (VGE): Three virtual meetings
Connect with partners around the world to learn how they experience the UN SDGs in their communities
Consider the systems at play and how we might make change locally or globally
Journey Map of Learning Experiences:
- Record the growth of your foundational knowledge in the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- Document your growth in leadership, communication and interpersonal skills
- Reflect on your journey to understand systems thinking and systems mapping
- Share your experience in a year-end Student Showcase
Our Global Leaders, our club leaders and our community will come together to share and learn. Students will share their Journey Map, while clubs will share their club projects.
Required Application Materials:
2.) Essay or Video: In 500 words or less, what do you think is the most important issue facing your school, local community, Hawaiʻi, the United States, or the world? Why? (PDF format or Video format) Upload or email your essay or video. Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes.
3.) Most recent school transcript (unofficial copy ok)
4.) Online Teacher or Community Leader Recommendation Form- Due Friday, September 16, 2022
Reflections from Past Participants
Quotes from Participants:
“I’ve learned a lot about myself, and how much my voice matters. GLP really allowed everyone to open up and express how they truly feel. It was important that our opinions were heard and recognized.”"Before starting this program I was a naive 16 year old, and now I am a naive 17 year old with even more curiosity about the world. If there is one thing I will take away about the world, it is that it is much, much, much, more complex than I could ever fathom... The actions and thoughts and words of a person living in the United States can impact an individual living half-way across the world.""I’ll never forget the bonds I’ve made through this program. Aside from the knowledge necessary to become an active global citizen, I’m also taking away lifelong friendships.""This program presents so many eye opening experiences to one's personal development, that it becomes an undeniable fact that every member of the cohort was able to be more passionate and understanding about the things that are happening around them because they have found the value that they have and how their value can benefit those around them.""Before the Global Leadership Program, I had always been curious about the world, but intimidated by the complexities of global politics and doubtful of my ability to take action with meaningful impact. My experiences in the program have taught me how to make impactful choices, whether with my dollar at a grocery store or advocating at the Capitol Building."
Mahalo Program Sponsors:
City and County of Honolulu
PAAC Community of Donors