Today's universities and employers are looking for young people with cultural competence and leadership abilities. The English Language Institute offers a unique opportunity for youth to develop these skills in an innovative and impactful program called Global Leadership Academy, which is open to international and U.S. youth.
This summer camp is held on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, and at Camp Arrowhead, the oldest Boy Scout Camp west of the Mississippi River.
Global Leadership Academy offers life skills and leadership development with a focus on preparation for U.S. college life, global leadership, and outdoor leadership and conservation. Participants focus on building these skills through preparation for the SAT, college resume developing, public speaking, team building, service learning, sustainability, and environmental conservation. The program promotes the three pillars of Missouri State University’s public affairs mission: Cultural Competence, Ethical Leadership, and Community Engagement. During the 2021 season, campers can choose to participate in one, two, or all the sessions offered. The sessions are:
- Session 1: Introduction to U.S. College Life
- Session 2: Introduction to Global Leadership
- Session 3: Outdoor Leadership and Conservation
Participants ages 14-18 years old are eligible to apply for the Global Leadership Academy, with an expectation of excellent behavior and academic skills. Participants who speak English as a second language must have an English level of at least CEFR B1 (low intermediate) to participate in Global Leadership Academy. A teleconference interview will be conducted during the application process to determine the level.