In the summer of 2008, I attended the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC). I was selected to participate based on my strong academic record, leadership skills and interest in global issues.
GYLC brings together 350 motivated students from over 100 countries around the world for a dynamic leadership development program focused on international affairs. Throughout the Conference, students thoroughly examine diplomacy, economics, peace and security, human rights and the role of the United Nations. Students also participate in numerous role-play exercises and focus simulations. GYLC gives students the opportunity to debate, persuade and negotiate with their peers.
In the exercise Peace and Security: A Conflict Resolution Simulation, students study an international crisis situation in a team setting and present a resolution proposal to the Security Council. Throughout this simulation, students strengthen their critical thinking and presentation skills.
The Politics of Trade Simulation presents students with a trade question and allows them to experience the process and debate encountered by the World Trade Organization when managing international trade disputes.
The Conference culminates with the Global Summit, a global negotiation simulation of a United Nations meeting. Students analyze current international issues and develop the ability to view each simulation from the perspective of their assigned country. The simulation concludes with a three-hour debate that gives students the opportunity to argue on their country’s behalf and promote national interests.
My participation in GYLC, along with my strong academic record, proves I have great potential to succeed in my future endeavors.
Video’s from GYLC : GYLC video