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Global Leadership Academy England for Junior Youth

July 10 to 30, 2022

Our Junior Global Leadership Academy for international youth ages 12 to 14 offers an engaging youth summer leadership programme focused on leadership training in the beautiful Cambridge area of England!

Powerful Youth believes that all young people are powerful, but often lack the confidence, leadership skills and global perspective to realize their leadership potential to better guide their future success.

Our Junior Global Leadership Academy for youth ages 12 to 14 is an engaging and fun three-week summer youth leadership programme designed to provide international youth (regardless of their English abilities) high-quality leadership training focused on developing their teamwork, critical thinking, and decision making skills through the practical introduction of design thinking.

As an experience-based program, we have packed every day with team challenges, fascinating field trips, fun outdoor activities, inspirational guest speakers and new experiences in England that any teen will remember long after the leadership training program is finished.


  • Designed for youth from around the world and all English language levels.

  • Make new friends from 18+ different countries.

  • Complete 80+ hours of service learning.

  • Receive 24/7 supervision and individualized attention

  • Receive 6 months of online coaching after program ends.

What is the Junior Global Leadership Academy schedule?

Participants are expected to arrive throughout the day to the Brookes Cambridge campus. Local pick-up and transportation will be provided from either Heathrow International Airport (LHR), London Stansted Airport (STN), or Cambridge Train Station.  As students arrive on campus, they will be assigned a room, provided a brief orientation, food, and a chance to unpack and settle in. Activities or entertainment will be organized, but optional. Today is a chance to get some rest and relaxation in preparation for the adventure of a lifetime in these next 3 weeks.

The first official day of the Global Leadership Academy starts with lots of exciting activities! From the rolling English countryside, to the state of the art facilities to everything in between, participants will get know everything they need to know in order to have a comfortable, safe and exciting 3 weeks. Participants will set up their online learning portfolios, and do their first exercises as we tackle the big question: “what is leadership?” Participants will be divided into home groups, and team challenges will help bring students from around the world together as a group.

Confidence is something that every leader needs but can only grow by expanding their comfort zone. We will take on an outdoor challenge course in Thetford Forest, supporting each other along the way and bonding as a group. In the evening, participants are guided through exercises and reflections to help them discover their passions and guiding values.

One of the major benefits of leadership is providing meaningful service to others, so our morning begins with both learning about and volunteering at a local community organization. Participants will not only get to give back to their host community, but they will also gain a better perspective on the issues and challenges that leaders face in trying to change their community for the better. Other activities today are focused on figuring out all the different skills, ideas, and elements that define “a leader”, how to inspire others, and the importance of reflection in leadership growth. In the evening, we welcome a guest speaker to inspire participants even more!

Communication and collaboration are among the most important skills youth need for future success. Of course, better communication is often easier said than done, which we think is the problem. Through a variety of inspirational videos, outdoor team challenges, and research insights, we attempt to get at what truly effective communication is all about…and why most people fail at it. Participants then get a chance to learn about communication and leadership in an unexpected manner… a dance lesson!

It’s off the nearby Bury St. Edmunds, a beautiful and historic small English city known as “the Jewel in the Crown of Suffolk”. We will visit the famous Abbey and gardens, have a scavenger hunt across the city, and then some free time to shop or wander through the beautiful streets. After dinner back at campus, we have a fun and challenging evening activity at a local sports park.

In the morning, participants will take on the Martian Challenge, a design thinking activity requiring creativity and problem solving skills. In the afternoon, the Junior GLA group will act as participants (and judges!) in Senior GLA’s Activity-a-thon activities, learning new leadership and teamwork skills along the way, and practice giving constructive feedback. In the evening, we have an opportunity to get to know each other better with a cultural exchange party featuring games, songs, and snacks from everyone’s countries.

Today the participants are asked to start thinking not only about themselves and their passions, values, and skills, but to look outward at their communities and the world. What problems are being faced? How are issues or people interconnected? What issues or causes do they care about most? Then we move into action by getting started brainstorming and preparing for the upcoming Random Acts of Kindness project.

With only days to plan, the Junior GLA participants will hit the streets of Bury St Edmunds, making the city a better place for a few hours for local residents and tourists alike. This project will help our young leaders realize that it does not take a lot of time or resources to make a difference. In the evening we celebrate with a dinner in the city and a fun evening activity to finish off the busy day.

The morning kicks off with a walk in the English countryside. It’s the perfect chance to reflect on everything they have learned about themselves so far before taking on some challenging projects and activities in the coming days. In the afternoon, we start thinking about the Community Fair. GLA will host neighbours and community members for a fun evening benefiting a local charity, and participants are responsible for the planning and execution! It’s leadership in action, all for a good cause.

Empathy and compassion are crucial skills for leaders, and Powerful Youth believes service learning is one of the most valuable ways to learn leadership skills. By giving their time and energy to a local organization, participants not only gain valuable insights and skills they can apply in the future, but feel good about giving back to their host community. Then, it’s time to take a break at Stour Valley Park! We take a kayak tour on the river and then enjoy a picnic dinner and some group games in the park.

It’s hard to make a difference unless you know what you want to accomplish! After a morning learning about goal setting theories and approaches through interactive lessons, discussions, and activities, planning and preparing for the Community Fair continues. In the evening, we welcome another guest speaker to inspire our young leaders and give them a chance to ask questions to someone following their passions and making a difference.

It’s an exciting day… we’re off to Cambridge! We will first tour the Cambridge University campus and visit famous locations across town, learning about the city and university’s rich history! In the afternoon we have an optional visit to Cambridge’s top museum, or participants can choose to take time to simply explore, shop, and take photos. At night, we relax our legs after a busy day of walking with a British movie night, complete with all the classic snacks and sweets!

Today groups will begin planning for their cornerstone project, the Design Challenge, which has them apply a design thinking approach to tackle a problem or issue on a local level. In the afternoon, we welcome a guest coach to teach us how to play the U.K.’s national sport: cricket! To round out the evening, we get a chance to learn more about the Senior GLA participants with a Gallery Walk featuring the Leadership Profile and Timelines they completed earlier in the day.

To share what they have learned at GLA with the community at our host school of Brookes United Kingdom, participants will design and create a mural aiming to inspire anyone who sees it to be a leader and make a difference.

Today we dive deep into English history – knights and Shakespeare! First we tour Shakespeare’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon, and then it’s off to explore over 1100 years of exciting history at the picturesque Warwick Castle. We explore the grounds, gardens, and inside the castle, and even check out a live jousting show!

It’s time to turn our full attention towards the biggest project participants will take on at GLA – their Design Challenge. Planning continues with support and advice from leadership coaches every step of the way. Final preparations for the Community Fair take up the afternoon, and then participants can take time to prepare their acts – tonight’s the Talent Show!

In the morning participants learn about how to design and deliver a presentation confidently and clearly, and then get to work preparing to present their Design Challenge projects in a few days time. Then it’s time to set up for the Community Fair! After all that hard work planning and preparing, we welcome the community to help us raise money for a local charity the GLA group will choose.

Today’s focus is about how to engage in the process of collaboration through a variety of engaging small group activities and challenges. In groups based on shared passions or skills, participants will be asked to find a way to express their GLA experience and what they have learned. This piece should convey the complex idea of what leadership truly means… no small task given only several hours to accomplish.

This final day of the academy is dedicated to the Design Challenge presentations. Then, we will host Senior GLA for Gallery Walk to share our ideas in a casual, conversational setting. We are then inspired by selected DREAM project presentations from the Senior group! As the sun starts to set, we host a special graduation celebration and dinner, and then finish the night off with music and dancing with our new lifelong friends from around the world. Just a warning – there’s always more than a few tears shed at the night ends!

Participants leave the academy but take with them all that they have learned, experienced and felt along the way. Transportation to Heathrow International Airport (LHR), London Stansted Airport (STN), or Cambridge Train Station is included and pre-arranged by the Powerful Youth team, and a travel meal will be provided. 

For students registered for the 4-week program (GLA + Best of England Tour), an exciting week of travel around England starts today!

Want even more fun and exploring in England? Choose a 4-week package by adding the Best of England Tour!

What sets our program apart from all the others?

  • Global Community and Support

    Meet other talented young leaders from over 18+ countries • Receive 6 months of online coaching after the program is over


  • Provide Meaningful Service

    Complete 80 hours of service learning • Create and lead your own DREAM Service Project using your own passions and interests

  • Improve Critical Thinking

    Create and use a digital learning portfolio • Exciting presentations • Learn Design Thinking through hands on projects

  • Discover and Learn New Passions

    Leadership training that includes activities that focus on passions for the Arts • Sports • Music • Theater • Dance • Film • Business • Service

  • Experience the Best of England!

    Shopping • Sightseeing • University Tours • Rich History • Outdoor Activities

2022 Dates and Tuition Costs


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