- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: United States
- Program Delivery: Online
- Program Length: Semester
- Start Month: February
- Category: Self-Discovery
- Selective: Yes
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Application Deadline: 11/22/21
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships
- Minimum Cost: $5,000 - $9,999
The Academy brings together young changemakers worldwide to build leadership skills for solving global challenges. Students enroll in our leadership course (delivered virtually), join conversations with influential changemakers, and receive personal mentorship. Students finish the semester as part of an global community, with confidence in their values and strengths, and clarity for how to connect their purpose with the change they want to see in the world.
Join a global network of young changemakers
Find your people here. Our selective admissions, brings together a diverse cohort that’s motivated, open-minded, and driven to make an impact. Your new classmates represent 80+ countries and bring an even greater number of diverse perspectives and lived experiences. Here you’ll find feminist podcasters, environmental-app creators, artists, optimists, and activists of all kinds. Together, you’ll deepen your understanding of the world, forge long-term friendships, and develop the cross-cultural skills necessary to address our shared global challenges.
Build foundational leadership skills to launch a lifetime of social impact
Learn about yourself, the world, and your role at the intersection. Guided by expert instructors and alongside like-minded students worldwide, you’ll dig into essential questions like: What is my purpose? How can I have a positive and sustainable impact? Not only will the Academy help you develop a deeper understanding of your strengths, purpose, and identity, you’ll also gain concrete leadership skills in public speaking, asset-based community development, conducting root cause analysis, writing a project proposal, and pitching your ideas. After the Academy, 88% of students feel more prepared to create a meaningful life. Find what drives you, and get after it!
Know yourself: Develop skills that unlock self-awareness, well-being and a sense of purpose.
Understand the world: Analyze local issues and connect them to our global context.
Drive impact: Collaborate with peers from around the world to align your values and actions with meaningful impact.
Learn from world-class speakers, instructors, and mentors
Ask Melinda Gates about philanthropy. Discuss mindfulness with Jay Shetty. You’ll join conversations like these in the Academy’s speaker series featuring impactful leaders like DeRay McKesson and Shawn Mendes. In your leadership course, you’ll learn from expert instructors routinely rated with 99% satisfaction by students. Our instructors bring inspiring and diverse expertise including PhDs in educational neuroscience, positions at the U.S. Department of State, and experience teaching at top universities. You’ll also receive one-on-one support from a personal mentor. Our network of nearly 200 mentors includes CEOs, conservation biologists, experts in design thinking and much more — all eager to support your leadership journey.
Connect on the world’s most advanced learning platform
Engage in dynamic courses on Minerva’s cutting-edge Forum learning platform, an immersive virtual environment that allows you to participate fully and establish meaningful relationships with both instructors and peers.
Cost and Session Information
Scholarships: As part of our commitment to advancing equity and opportunity for all, we award need-based scholarships to qualified applicants who would not otherwise be able to afford our leadership experiences. Each semester, we carefully review all incoming scholarship applications, and regularly have more outstanding candidates than scholarships available.
We are dedicated to making the Academy accessible to talented young leaders from all backgrounds. We also know that people from the global south and people who identify as BIPOC are underrepresented in positions of leadership and disproportionately impacted by income inequality. Therefore, our scholarships target individuals without the means to afford the Academy, with a need- and demographically-aware philosophy to ensure that we are giving access to traditionally underserved groups.
Semester: February 13 - May 6, 2022
Application Deadlines: October 29 (early) & November 22 (regular)