The Peace Ambassador Leadership Summit (PALS) offers a transformative journey across four college campuses, each with a specialized focus on nurturing future leaders. This program champions the holistic development of high school students, providing avenues to explore diverse fields through interactive workshops, mentorship, and community projects...(more)
- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Program Delivery: Day, Residential
- Destination: United States
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: July, August
- Session Length: One Week
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Leadership
- Sub-Categories: College Application, Leadership, Mentoring, Health and Well Being, Career Exploration, LGBTQ
- Selective: No
- Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
- Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
- Credit Awarded: No
- Call: (954) 866-5880
- Meeting: Schedule a Meeting
Join PALS at Georgetown and unlock your potential as a leader and changemaker! Our week-long program provides high school teens with hands-on experience in advocacy and community service while enhancing their public speaking, networking, and debate skills. Our program is co-led and facilitated by youth, creating a diverse and inclusive environment that encourages collaboration, creativity, and learning.
Peace Ambassador Leadership Summit at Georgetown University - Washington, D.C.
From Passion to Action: Activating Your Leadership Journey
July 27 - August 3, 2024
What sets PALS at GU apart is its concentrated focus on the personal development of each participant, guiding them through the process of discovering their unique causes and translating that passion into actionable projects. Through an enriching curriculum, students are immersed in an environment that encourages the exploration of their interests, equipping them with the tools to research, understand, and articulate the issues they care about most passionately.
The program is intricately woven with workshops that inspire students to harness the power of their personal stories for advocacy, teaching them the art of storytelling to captivate and mobilize support for their causes. In an era dominated by digital platforms, "Digital Advocacy 101" empowers participants with the know-how to leverage social media ethically and effectively, transforming them into savvy advocates for their chosen causes.
Central to the PALS experience is the "Project Kickstart: From Passion to Action" workshop, a cornerstone that bridges the gap between passion and practice. Here, students are mentored through the stages of project development—from ideation to execution—culminating in a pitch session that not only showcases their visionary projects but also marks the beginning of their journey from passionate individuals to impactful community leaders.
Moreover, PALS at GU delves into the nuances of leadership styles, effective communication, conflict resolution, and resilience building. These sessions are designed to mold students into versatile leaders capable of navigating the complexities of team dynamics, public speaking, and negotiation, enhancing their personal and professional growth.
Beyond the comprehensive workshops, PALS at Georgetown University emphasizes the importance of networking, fellowship, and self-care in leadership development. Social activities, from art therapy, karaoke and ice cream social, movie night, dorm door decorating to talent shows and team-building games, are integral, fostering connections among participants with shared values. These engagements not only aid in building a supportive community to prevent burnout but highlight the significance of networking and mutual support. This balanced approach ensures that leadership growth at PALS is complemented by personal well-being and the cultivation of lasting relationships.
The program also places a strong emphasis on creative problem-solving, ethics, and social responsibility. These workshops underscore the importance of cultural competence, ethical leadership, and creating a personal brand that aligns with one's values and social impact goals. Furthermore, PALS at GU fosters a culture of networking and mentorship, offering students the opportunity to connect with mentors and peers committed to making a difference.
An unforgettable highlight of PALS at Georgetown University is the curated trip to the iconic White House and Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This experience offers students a rare glimpse into the heart of American democracy, visiting the very halls where the nation's laws are crafted and debated. Through engaging with interns on Capitol Hill, participants hear firsthand from these young professionals about their journeys and experiences working at the epicenter of political action and the impactful careers shaped within these historic walls. This experience is designed to ignite students' passion for civic engagement and leadership, providing them with inspiration and a deeper understanding of their potential role in shaping the future, regardless of their career path.
PALS at Georgetown University is more than just a leadership program; it is a journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and active engagement. It is uniquely positioned to help high school students find their voice, identify their cause, and turn their passion into impactful action. With a blend of personal development, community service, and leadership training, PALS at GU is the ideal platform for students ready to take the first step towards becoming the change-makers of tomorrow.
Evening Social Activities Include:
- Ice Cream Social & Lip Sync Battle
- Movie Night
- Art Therapy
- Talent Showcase
Summer internships are open to college students.
Cost and Session Information
July 27 - August 3 - Georgetown University - Washington D.C.
Tuition includes dorm, meals, and all program costs
- Early Bird Special: $2,000 (Ends 2/29)
- Full Tuition Cost: $2,200
- 50 Service Hours
- Registration Deadline: June 30
Pre-PALS Information and Orientation Sessions
Interested in PALS? Join our online or in-person info sessions to hear from the Executive Director and Junior & Senior Counselors. Sign up to get all your questions answered and enjoy a private meet and greet with other attendees and Junior Counselors as your PALS date nears.
Monthly info sessions are available virtually via Zoom or in person in Davie, FL. In-person is limited to 20 participants.
PALS is hosted by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization National Voices for Equality, Education, and Enlightenment (NVEEE).
My name is Aya Sleilaty and I was a delegate at the PALS in Georgetown during the summer of 2023. It was an amazing experience. One I don't believe many people can find anywhere. I was surprised after the summit at the amount of things I had learned. I learned new information relating everything from how to apply to colleges to ways I can improve my mental health. It is one of the most inclusive and unique opportunities I got to experience and I recommend everyone to at least try and go to one of the summits once. Lastly, I was able to create so many new friendships during a short amount of time, proving how easily it was to open up to the delegates and counselors and build a small family!!!- Aya - February 11, 2024
This was one of the best experiences in my life and I don't think I will ever forget it. The counselors and staff were so welcoming and it was nice to make a couple of new friends as well!- Laursen - August 21, 2021
As someone who is usually introverted around others, I was shocked to see how the friendliness and open-mindedness of those at PALS truly allowed me to step out of my comfort zone. I will never regret attending the program; not only has it improved my social skills so much both directly and indirectly, but it also taught me so many lessons about the world around me and life in general through the many workshops and activities it has to offer. It was the first time I shared a dorm with someone, and it was definitely a good experience to have before I start college. The staff and counselors are so nice and never hesitate to answer any questions you may have, and are more than willing to have conversations and give advice to the PALS delegates. Overall, it was a wonderful experience, and I would recommend anyone who is available this summer to seize this wonderful opportunity and attend.- Abbey - February 7, 2024
Since middle school, I've always been living in a cycle of going to school and staying at home, repeat. But when I entered high school, I realized that something had to change. I was living in a community that I knew nothing about and have been staying in circles that are familiar to me. I'm lucky enough to have found this organization in the summer before freshman year. Since I joined NVEEE (National Voices for Equality, Education, and Enlightenment), I have met so many new people and learned about so many different stories. I've learned so much from my mentors and get to work alongside the Executive Director, Jowharah Sanders. This allows us to get advice and guidance from an experienced activist. Through the Peace Ambassador Leadership Program, I am able to collaborate with teens my age from all over Florida and the country. I've cultivated my leadership skills through reenactments and workshops. My favorite part of the program is the service projects. When I joined, I wanted to learn about my community and create change, and the PALP program gave me the resources to do just that. I also value the summer program, PALS, which allows students to stay at college campuses and engage in a multitude of activities. I will never forget the memories and lessons I've learned through this non-profit.- Jrobertzsa - February 7, 2024
I've been with NVEEE since 2021 and it has truly made a difference. I loved being a counselor and I loved making a connection with everyone who I've encountered. Pals and palp has provided me with many friendships and has tremendously helped me break out my shell. I owe it all to NVEEE- sweets12345 - October 26, 2022
When I went to PALS in 2022 I felt isolated and lonely, especially coming up after covid. Going to PALS was one of the most life-changing experiences for me. I felt as if I had found a place where I could unapologetically be myself. The staff made sure that I never felt lonely and constantly pushed me to come out of my comfort zone. The environment created was one of safety and one of a loving community. I got to meet so many people I would not have met otherwise network with people from across the globe and made friends that have stuck with me through thick and thin. Friendships that have changed my life. After participating in PALS for multiple years I went from someone who would shake, feel nausea, and cry when I would have to present something or talk to new people to being the person to go up to the anxious people getting other people out of their shell.- GabrielaJ - January 29, 2024