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Senior Global Leadership Academy in England: July 5 to July 18, 2020

The Global Leadership Academy for Senior Youth Ages 15 to 18 transforms young leaders in beautiful Cambridge England!

We know that all youth are powerful but often lack skills such as confidence, leadership and global perspective necessary to be effective leaders of their own future success. The Global Leadership Academy for Senior youth is a summer youth program specifically designed for all youth ages 15-18.  The aim is to develop their leadership abilities through an engaging 2 week long program packed with team challenges, fascinating field trips, breathtaking outdoor activities, inspirational guest speakers and new experiences all across historic English countryside in Edmund St. Bury.  This program tuition includes all program materials, insurance, airport transportation as well as 6 months of post-program online coaching to ensure youth continue their personal development they committed to during the program.

Testimonials from our graduates


  • Hundreds of young leaders attend from over 20 different countries around the world every summer.
  • Designed for all English language levels with experienced-based education and ESL compatible instruction. 
  • Each participant completes 60+ hours of community service and service-learning hours.
  • All participants develop, research, plan, and present their own DREAM service project turning their passions into a purpose that leads positive change in their community. 

What will you be doing at the Global Leadership Academy?

faq_thumbnailAll participants are expected to arrive through-out this first day.  Local pick-up and transportation will be provided from either Cambridge International Airport (CBG), Cambridge Train Station or Heathrow International Airport (LHR).  As students arrive on campus, they will be assigned a room, provided a brief orientation, food, and a chance to unpack and settle in.  Today is a chance to get some rest and relaxation in preparation for the adventure of a lifetime in these next 2 weeks.

The first official day of the Global Leadership Academy starts with lots exciting activities and the opportunity for participants to get to know each other, our staff and all the campus can provide.  From the waterfront, 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 2 weeks. Since jet-lag is common on this day, optional evening entertainment is usually a popular blockbuster film.

Learning how to become a better leader is a learning process a lot like swimming, you need to do it to get better at it.  Today’s activities and experiences are focused on figuring out all the different skills, ideas and elements that define “a leader.” Participants will discuss, dance, and work together in order to prepare for one of the most challenging aspects of the program…The Service Day Challenge

Confidence is something that every leader needs but can only grow by expanding your “comfort zone.”  Through-out today, participants will be asked to explore, challenge and overcome their physical and emotional fears which hold them back from future success.  Whether its conquering a 20 meter high ropes course, or speaking in public, most fears can be conquered with just one moment of courage.

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 helping those in need.  Participants will not only get to give back, 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.  The afternoon is a combination of fun outdoor activities and presentations on various new and exciting service initiatives they might want to get involved with.

the nearby historic city of Cambridge has no shortage of landmarks, colleges, museums, and activities that are known the world over!  Over the next several days participants will tour the elegance of downtown Cambridge as well as the natural beauty of the English countryside, and so much more! Participants will hike, swim, shop, eat and experience all that this part of England has to offer!

Taking the time to stop and reflect about what one has done and learned in the past week is one sign of a truly committed leader.  Today’s activities not only focus on fun, but about how to go about the process self-reflection and improvement.  Participants can do this many different ways and may choose to try art, music, dance, writing, discussion, or other means of reflection.

According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a influential coalition of businesses, educators, and policymakers to position 21st century readiness at the center of education, communication and collaboration is among the top 3 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.

Passions are as powerful as they are unique among all of us.  Today is a chance for all participants to both explore as well as share their passions which make them so interesting.  Whether its photography, sports, art, music, nature, animals, travel, or anything else, aligning your passions along with your values helps young leaders develop a clearer vision of their future purpose.  Do you know what passions artists and doctors have in common?  Would you believe that most passions we have are strongly related to courses of study and careers you may not have considered before…

Today is a decathlon of uniquely designed team events that are as much fun as they are lessons on teamwork.  Today is all about knowing how to make your way through the team development process of forming, storming, norming and eventually, performing.  Each member of your team will need to work together physical and mental

Collaboration is delicate and difficult balancing act of combining your ideas with those of other people.  Today’s focus is about how to engage in the process of collaboration through a variety of engaging small group activities and challenges.  In the afternoon, participants according to their interested will be asked to create a large and inspiring work of art, music, dance, theater or film.  This piece will collaboratively 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 each participant’s final presentations that they have been working on through-out the experience. Every young leader must give a short presentation about a fully designed passion project they wish to carry out in their community, as a means to further develop their dreams as a young leader.  The most well designed and passionate presentations will be selected among the entire academy and then presented before a panel guest leaders.  The evening then becomes a special graduation celebration, as elegant as it is heartfelt for all the work, time and laughter shared among lifelong friends with a special surprise later in the evening.

Participants leave the academy but take with them all that they have learned, experienced and felt along the way. Transportation to the airport, ferry or other means is provided by the program.

What you will gain from the Global Leadership Academy

  • Join a Global Community

    Meet other talented young leaders from over 18+ countries

  • Provide Meaningful Service

    Complete 60 Service Hours • Create and lead your own DREAM Service Project

  • Improve University Readiness

    Work Portfolio • Presentation Skills • Research and Planning

  • Discover and Learn New Passions

    Leadership Training Related to: Arts • Sports • Music • Theater • Dance • Film • Business • Service

  • Experience the Best of England!

    Hiking • Swimming • Sightseeing • Exploring • Fishing • Kayaking

Youth Summer Program 2020 Dates and Tuition Costs

Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Leadership Academy tuition of $3,250 US Dollars includes:

– Full Room and Board (All Meals and Accommodation)

– All program materials and activity fees

– Health Insurance during the program

– Local Airport to Campus Transportation/Transfers

– 6 months of 1 hour online coaching sessions

The Powerful Youth Global Leadership Academy is open to all youth from around the world.  Our only requirements for admission into this youth summer program is that you are between the ages of 12 to 14 years old by the time that you apply or the time that you attend the program.

All instruction is done in ENGLISH, however, we do not have any English language requirements since we are an experienced based program leadership training program.  We suggest that students do try to have at least a proficient level of English, or the ability to speak and understand short statements and questions in English, but this is not a requirement.  By far the most important requirement is to have a positive attitude and desire to develop your skills as a young leader.

We are able to provide financial aid to 90% of youth who request assistance.  Financial aid /  scholarships come in the form of tuition scholarships, so they do not cover airfare or travel expenses.  Financial aid / scholarships are given on a first come first serve basis every year and once the scholarship funds have been used we are no longer able to issue assistance.

To be considered for financial aid or scholarship, you must complete an application and indicate that you require financial assistance to attend our youth summer program.

In order to be considered for financial assistance / scholarship, please submit a written essay or create a 3-4 minute video that answers these 3 important questions:

1. Why are you interested in attending the Global Leadership Academy?

2. What sort of clubs, social activities, service, or sports are you involved now and why do you like doing these activities?

3. What is one strength that you have already as a leader?

Feel free to be creative and fun, but make sure to answer the questions as best you can.  Since videos are too large to upload, please send us a link to a YouTube, Vimeo, or some other video hosting site or attach your essay in a Word document and email it to

The Powerful Youth Tuition REFUND POLICY:
If cancellations are made
  • 8-weeks prior to program start date: Full refund of program fees (Deposit is not refundable)
  • 4-weeks prior to program start date: Refund 50% of program fees (Deposit is not refundable)
  • Within 4-weeks of program start date: No refund of program fees
  • The deposit is only refundable in the case of a denied visa. Proper documentation must be provided.
Payments for the Powerful Youth’s programs may be made securely and online through Paypal or through Bank Wire Transfer.  

Youth will stay on Brookes Cambridge Campus located at Flempton Rd, Risby, Bury Saint Edmunds IP28 6QJ.  The school dorm rooms designed for 2 to 4 students and each room is large enough for each participant to have their own bed, dresser, desk, and closet space.  We assign students to dorms according to gender and to promote diversity, we reserve the right to decline all requests to stay in the same room with someone you may know.