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Summer Enrichment Programs for High School Students at Barnard College, Columbia University

2 Weeks

Future Global Leaders Academy

On Campus $3,599-6,399Age Range 14-18Course Time Morning, Afternoon EST

This two-week academy brings together future leaders from across the globe to engage in hands-on projects that will tackle the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Established in 2015 with input from many nations, these goals have the power to create a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality, and addressing the urgency of climate change. The Academy is designed to provide foundational knowledge, skills, and practical tools to create future leaders and address the fundamental challenge facing our world today: How do people, communities, businesses, and governments coexist, cooperate, and collaborate to save the one planet we have?   

Students in this program are problem-solvers, go-getters, team players, and where they will work on original research to design solutions to their chosen problem. Teamwork will be paired with class time sessions where students will have guest instructors and panelists from a variety of sectors providing lessons on leadership, innovation, goal setting, problem-solving, and more.  

As a student in the Future Global Leaders Academy, you'll spend your time engaged in a combination of class sessions, field trips, hands-on workshops, group discussions, and extracurricular activities.  

  • Students will build and enhance skills in design thinking, problem-solving, communication, social change, and contextualizing information about the UN SD's. 
  • Students will learn to solve real world problems through cross-sector collaboration and meet professionals from the United Nations, leading companies, NGO's, and public sector entities.  
  • Students will apply skills learned to implement solutions in a final project. Teams will be formed and presented with a real-world development challenge. Each team will design and pitch a solution to their classmates and mixed panel of live and virtual experts.  
  • Like a little friendly competition? Great! One team from each session will be selected for virtual recognition at the Ideagen Global Awards Gala in Fall of 2023. 

Throughout the course of the program, you'll have the opportunity to develop 21st century skills, and broaden your awareness and understanding of the UN Global Goals and to drive solutions to achieve the goals by 2030: 

  • Advocacy 
  • Inequality 
  • Awareness Campaigns  
  • Social Problems 
  • Public Speaking 
  • Facilitation 
  • Creative Problem Solving 
  • Project Design 
  • Group Collaboration 
Who Should Take This Course? Students who should take this course include those who are interested in gaining global perspectives while furthering their knowledge of sustainability. Build knowledge and skills to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to improve the lives of people and the health of the planet. Students should take this course if that want to gain a deeper insight into the benefits and challenges of international cooperation and cross-sector collaboration. This is a great resume-builder course!
Highlights - Enhance your skills in design thinking, problem solving, communication, and social change - Experience teamwork and engagement with other students from around the globe - Gain key insights and perspectives into global leadership and the United Nations Governance structure - Learn more about the broader world and how to make a positive difference in it - The historical scale, scope, and current state of the Sustainable Development Goals - The societal changes required to meet the SDGs - The governance, planning, and financing essential for progress - The role of cross sector collaboration between civil society and the business sector cooperation needed to achieve global goals - Gain key insights and perspectives into global leadership and UN Global Goals - Key targets and understandings of each Global Goal. - Who and what are affected by the Global Goals? - What actions can we take as individuals, communities and nations. - The role of civil society in advancing global development - Understand the importance of sustainable development - Explore how public policy, development and economies play a role in advancing the SDG’s - Learn more about the broader world and how to make a positive difference in it - Participate in dialogues and peer group discussions on prevalent issues in our society
Courses & Academies This course is one of our Academies. Academies meet 4 or 5 times a week, both morning and afternoon, with a lunch break. Most Academies have homework, papers, presentations, and tests that are graded. Students are typically provided a Pass/No Pass grade. Students receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.
Dates & Tuition
  • Jul 23 - Aug 4: Residential - $6,399
  • Jul 24 - Aug 3: Commuter - $3,599
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