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    Peace Ambassador Leadership Summit (PALS) at Georgetown University

    Peace Ambassador Leadership Summit (PALS) at Georgetown University


    • 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
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    Join us at PALS at Georgetown University with a theme of From Passion to Action: Activating Your Leadership Journey. This program focuses on transforming students’ passions into actionable leadership roles and opportunities. Emphasizing leadership skills, advocacy, and community engagement, it encourages students to embark on a journey of meaningful impact and contribution. Students earn 50 service hours at PALS at GU.

    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.

    Focus Areas:

    • Leadership and Social-Emotional Learning: Explore different leadership models and develop Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies through activities designed to foster empathy and ethical decision-making.
    • Effective Communication: Practice and enhance communication skills through public speaking workshops and activities focused on active listening and non-verbal cues.
    • College Preparedness: Tailor a day for College and Career readiness where youth interact with college advisors to explore majors, learn from financial aid officers about FAFSA, loans, and grants, and gain insights from college students during panels on the application process, utilizing the Common App portal, and navigating housing options.
    • Ethics and Personal Branding: Explores ethical leadership and social responsibility, guiding students to develop a personal brand that aligns with their values and enhances their social impact.
    • Creative Problem Solving: Emphasizes the development of innovative thinking skills by challenging students to solve real-world problems creatively and effectively.
    • Digital, Literacy, Ethics, and Safety: Provides insights into the ethical use of digital tools and social media, focusing on maintaining a positive digital footprint and navigating online platforms responsibly.
    • Resilience, Stress Management, and Health Wellness: Integrates health education into leadership training, emphasizing strategies to effectively handle stress and setbacks while underscoring the importance of physical and mental wellness.
    • Allyship and Inclusion: Develops leaders skilled in inclusive practices, cross-cultural competence, and effective allyship, fostering environments that respect and amplify diverse voices and perspectives.

    Program Highlights for PALS at Georgetown University:

    • Campus Immersion Experience: Students reside in dorms throughout the summit, immersing in the college lifestyle at Georgetown University.
    • Interactive Leadership Workshops: Participate in dynamic workshops that focus on digital advocacy, project development, and essential communication skills, all designed to empower students to lead and innovate effectively.
    • Peer Leadership: Trained high school students step into roles as Junior Counselors, guiding peers and fostering leadership skills. 
    • Mentorship by College Students: Gain insights and support from college students who serve as Sr. Counselors and mentors, sharing their academic and personal experiences.
    • Comprehensive Curriculum: Includes sessions on leadership styles, storytelling for advocacy, and resilience building, aimed at transforming students into effective community leaders.
    • Civic Engagement: Features a special trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the White House and Capitol Hill, enriching students’ understanding of civic duties and leadership in a democratic society.
    • Pitch Session Showcase: Culminates in a pitch session where students present their community projects, demonstrating their ability to transform passion into actionable change.
    • Washington, D.C. Excursion: Includes a memorable trip to the White House and Capitol Hill, enhancing their understanding of civic engagement through real-world interactions.

    Networking and Social Activities:

    • Hands-on Activities: Engage in team-building exercises, art therapy sessions, and vision board creations that foster creativity and collaboration.
    • Community Building: Create lasting connections through shared experiences, promoting a sense of belonging and mutual support among participants.
    • Inspirational Visits: The program includes inspirational visits to significant civic locations in Washington, D.C., enhancing the overall educational and motivational experience.
    • Networking Opportunities: Engage with mentors and peers through structured networking sessions and collaborative projects, enhancing professional connections and interpersonal skills.
    • Social Events: Enjoy diverse and inclusive social gatherings, including karaoke nights, ice cream socials, movie nights, and a themed prom designed to foster camaraderie and relaxation.
    • Creative and Reflective Activities: Participate in art therapy sessions, talent shows, and team-building exercises, encouraging creative expression and strengthening team dynamics.
    • Outdoor Activities: Experience outdoor team-building activities, which may include group sports, scavenger hunts, or local exploratory walks, promoting physical wellness and cooperative play.
    • Vision Board Workshops: Create personal vision boards to visualize goals and aspirations, a reflective activity that combines creative expression with personal goal setting.

    Awards and Acknowledgments:

    • President’s Volunteer Service Award: By meeting the service hour requirements through PALS and other volunteering efforts, you’ll receive a PVSA package, which includes a presidential letter, certificate, and pin, highlighting your dedication to service.
    • PALS Graduation Ceremony: Celebrate achievement at the PALS Graduation Ceremony, where students receive a Certificate of Completion, honoring their dedication and growth throughout the summit.

    Community Service Project:

    • Mark My Words: Bookmarks for Bright Futures: Participants will engage in a creative service project benefiting local elementary schools, crafting personalized bookmarks to encourage reading and literacy among elementary school students. This hands-on activity not only fosters community engagement but also promotes the joy of learning through art.

    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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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