AFS Changemakers Academy at the University of Pennsylvania, USA


Empowerment Through Social and Environmental Change

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID: 223219
  • Degree: Non-Degree Program/Certificate
  • Fields of Study: Environment and Social Change
  • Opportunity Type: Self-Funded
  • Duration: August 13-18, 2024
  • Gender: Male, Female
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Application Fee: None

Opportunity Description

The AFS Changemakers Academy, hosted at the esteemed University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with AFS Intercultural Programs, invites applications for an immersive program aimed at cultivating dynamic leaders committed to fostering positive societal and environmental transformations.

This collaborative initiative delivers a hands-on experience at the University of Pennsylvania campus, intertwining theoretical frameworks with pragmatic sessions guided by esteemed Penn faculty and instructors. Participants will actively engage in a team-based hackathon, conceptualizing prototypes to tackle prevalent social challenges, culminating in a project presentation at the program’s culmination. Scheduled from August 13-18, 2024, this event includes the AFS Youth Assembly conference.

Embark on a transformative expedition at the AFS Changemakers Academy, where impassioned individuals converge to effect meaningful change in the world. Apply now and join a community dedicated to advancing social and environmental causes.

Key Details

  • Academy Date: August 13-18, 2024
  • Application Deadline: December 15, 2023
  • Host University: University of Pennsylvania
  • Location: Philadelphia and New York City
  • Funding Type: Self-Funded

Benefits of the AFS Changemakers Academy

Participants at the Changemakers Academy can anticipate a life-altering experience, acquiring invaluable skills and perspectives. Key advantages encompass:

  1. Hands-on Learning: Engage in interactive sessions on interviewing techniques, empathy cultivation, and community research facilitated by Penn faculty.
  2. Certificate of Completion: Earn a certificate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Social Impact Strategy upon program completion.
  3. Enhancement of Creative Skills: Strengthen design thinking tools, prototyping methods, and bolster personal visioning and creative confidence.
  4. Cultural Exploration: Immerse in Philadelphia’s cultural and historical richness as a UNESCO World Heritage City.
  5. Networking Opportunities: Forge connections and foster new friendships during a Manhattan Boat Cruise against the iconic NYC skyline.

Scholarship and Financial Considerations

Changemakers have the opportunity to receive support to attend the Academy. If granted a scholarship for the Youth Assembly Academies, it covers program fees and travel expenses, allowing participants to access the program’s offerings at no cost. However, bear in mind that scholarship coverage excludes round-trip flights, airport transfers, visa fees, travel/health insurance, personal incidentals, and expenses beyond the program scope.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the Changemakers Academy and associated scholarships, applicants must meet these criteria:

  • Age: Between 18 – 32 years old during application submission.
  • AFS Global STEM Program: Prior participation in the AFS/bp Global STEM program.
  • Youth Assembly Participation: No prior attendance at the AFS Youth Assembly.
  • Travel Requirements: Ability to acquire a travel visa and travel to the United States for the in-person Academy.

How to Apply?

Follow these steps to apply for the Changemakers Academy and potentially secure scholarships:

  1. Visit the Website: Navigate to the official AFS Changemakers Academy website for comprehensive details and requirements.
  2. Complete the Application Form: Fill out the application form, ensuring all necessary information is provided.
  3. Submit Your Application: Finalize and submit your application via the provided link.

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