About the Program
Started in 2015, PAAC’s eight-month Global Leadership Program develops youth leaders who are informed about global issues and empowered to contribute to a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world. The program combines training in leadership skills with hands-on, place-based, and interactive opportunities to learn about global issues, explore the impact of those issues on Hawaiʻi, and contribute to solutions. Download the Flyer.
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PAAC’s Global Leadership Program is built around five components: Leadership Camp, Global Awareness Workshops, Global Vision Summits, Global Action Projects, and Travel Experience.
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. Activities utilize self-reflection, creative expression, and group discussion to encourage personal growth and self-discovery. The leadership camp also familiarizes students with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and lays the groundwork for students to begin thinking about their Global Action Projects. Ropes courses and team-building activities help students to form strong bonds and develop a social support network from the start of the program.
Read more about the 2018 Leadership Camp here.
Global Awareness Workshops
Students meet on four Saturdays during the school year to participate in workshops built around one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Past Global Awareness Workshops have focused on: Civic Engagement, Renewable Energy, Modern Slavery & Media Literacy, Urban Planning, and Sustainable Business Practices.
Global Vision Summits (GVS)
Global Vision Summits are PAAC’s interschool conferences open to all high school students interested in global issues. Global Leadership students will attend two Global Vision Summits and may be asked to take on leadership roles to facilitate conference activities. Learn more.
Global Action Project (GAP)
Students undertake a capstone project, or Global Action Project (GAP), that addresses an issue that matters to them.
Upon successful completion of the program, each student is guaranteed a $1,000 PAAC travel scholarship for designated PAAC study tours. Past study tour destinations include the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, China, and Bali (Indonesia). Learn more.
Reflections from Past Participants
“GLP has not only made me a better leader, but a better person.”
"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. "
“The Global Leadership Program has allowed me to recognize that though I am just one person, it is possible for me to make an impact on the world... I have become more worldly, confident, and committed person because of PAAC.”
“I’ve become more aware of my words, thoughts, and actions, and of the world we live in. GLP has encouraged me to read the news more, be more aware of my role as a global citizen, and to care about what happens in the world and what I can do to help.”
Mahalo Program Sponsors:
Atherton Family Foundation
City and County of Honolulu
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