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    Peace Ambassador Leadership Summit (PALS) at the University of Central Florida

    Peace Ambassador Leadership Summit (PALS) at the University of Central Florida


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential, Online
    • Destination: United States
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June
    • 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, 19
    • Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
    • Credit Awarded: No
    • Call: (954) 866-5880
    • Meeting: Schedule a Meeting
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    The PALS at the UCF is a dynamic program for high school students, blending career exploration with interpersonal development. Through peer-led mentorship and interactive workshops, PALS empowers young leaders with skills in leadership, communication, and teamwork. The program focuses on experience and growth, preparing students for both professional success and meaningful relationships. It's an inspiring journey for young individuals to unlock their potential and impact their communities

    Peace Ambassador Leadership Summit (PALS)
    University of Central Florida (UCF) - Orlando, FL

    Leadership, Career Exploration and Interpersonal Development
    June 15 - 21, 2024


    The Peace Ambassador Leadership Summit (PALS) at the University of Central Florida offers an enriching and comprehensive experience tailored to high school students who are eager to advance their leadership skills and prepare for future career challenges. Set in an immersive collegiate environment, PALS emphasizes real-world applications of leadership principles and communication skills through a diverse range of workshops. Students participate in sessions like "Crafting Your Leadership Identity," "Implicit Bias," and "Advocacy and Social Movements," which encourage critical thinking and personal growth. Workshops such as "Financial Aid for College," "Resume Writing and Interview Tips," and "Gender and Orientation" prepare students for both college and diverse workplace environments. The program also addresses key personal development topics, including "Mental Health," "Mindfulness and Meditation," and "Healthy vs Unhealthy Relationships," ensuring a well-rounded approach to the students' emotional and interpersonal growth.

    Program Highlights for PALS at UCF:

    1. Peer Leadership
    2. On-Campus Living Experience
    3. Interactive College Simulation
    4. Mentorship by College Students
    5. Diverse and Inclusive Environment
    6. Workshops on Career Exploration and Interpersonal Skills

    At PALS UCF, you will gain a robust set of skills and insights to prepare you for academic and career success. Here’s what you can expect:

    Focus Areas:

    • Leadership and Social-Emotional Learning:  Develop your leadership abilities with a focus on self-awareness, empathy, and responsible decision-making through targeted social-emotional learning (SEL) practices.
    • Communication and Emotional Intelligence:  Boost your interpersonal skills and deepen your emotional understanding through active listening, public speaking, and conflict resolution exercises.
    • Career Exploration and Readiness:  Participate in interactive workshops and panel discussions that help you explore various career paths and understand the professional skills you'll need for the future
    • College Preparedness:  Spend a day tailored to college and career readiness, interacting with college advisors, learning about financial aid options like FAFSA, and gaining insights from current college students on navigating college life.
    • Life and Social Skills: Develop essential life and social skills through interactive sessions that enhance your ability to manage interpersonal relationships and practice self-care.
    • Interpersonal Development:  Learn to build strong, empathetic relationships that are essential for effective collaboration and conflict resolution.
    • Personal and Professional Growth:  Navigate through career planning and personal development with sessions on financial literacy, resume building, and mastering interview techniques.
    • Well-being and Mental Health:  Engage in discussions and activities that address vital aspects of mental health, offering strategies to manage depression, anxiety, and stress, complemented by mindfulness practices.
    • Social Responsibility and Advocacy:  Get involved in conversations about social issues, understand diverse perspectives, and learn how to be an effective advocate and ally in today’s world.

    Networking and Social Activities:

    • Hands-on Activities: Participate in engaging and educational activities such as art therapy, outdoor team-building exercises, and vision board creation.
    • Social Events: Enjoy evenings filled with karaoke, movie nights, ice cream socials, and a themed prom.
    • Creative Workshops: Engage in workshops on public speaking, empathy mapping, and mental health and wellness, enhancing personal growth and community connections.

    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.


    Summer internships are open to college students.

    Cost and Session Information

    June 15 - 21 - University of Central Florida - Orlando, FL 

    Tuition includes dorm, meals, and all program costs

    • Early Bird Special: $1055 (Ends 4/30)
    • Full Tuition Cost: $1,200
    • 50 Service Hours
    • Leadership Track: Communication
    • Registration Deadline: May 26

    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). 


    • I went to NVEEE's PALS program this past summer and it completely changed me. I ended the program as a more self-confident, well spoken individual. This organization is truly something the world needs, and I'm making sure all my friends get involved in the near future.

      - Anonymous - October 1, 2017
    • NVEEE has had such a huge impact on me from the moment I started. It has strengthened me as a leader, encouraged me to deeply understand the concepts of bullying and, how to prevent it . This organization gives me the chance to actually go out and make a positive difference in the world. I'm so grateful to have found and to be involved with NVEEE!

      - Kyra M - October 18, 2016
    • One of the best experiences I've ever had. This organization gets you to open up and become friends with people so easily. The staff are so welcoming to everyone. I have learned and taken so much from attending this organization.

      - Beder - September 15, 2019
    • NVEEE has helped me come out my shell and take action regarding situations that I'm passionate about.

      - Angie - October 6, 2019
    • NVEEE is absolutely life-changing and I'm so glad I get to be apart of it.

      - Alex - September 15, 2019
    • My experience with NVEEE has been life changing , I was shy and scared about going but it changed something in me , it helped me understand myself get close to others and getting to experience many more opportunities, nvee is helping me find myself and be a up stander and I really do love this nonprofit cause they change so many lives of kids and impact many in great ways

      - Cameyll - September 15, 2019
    • I had an amazing and eye-opening experience with NVEEE and would do it again, and again

      - ajohnson - September 7, 2019
    • NVEEE is such an incredible program! And the experience I got was unlike any other I've ever had. The message NVEEE is promoting is beautiful. The workshops were very moving as I learned a lot about topics I would never be exposed to at home nor at school. NVEEE has opened me up a lot as well. I feel at home, and everybody involved with NVEEE is like my family. During their weeklong summit, even though I didn't talk to everyone, I felt like I could've trusted them all and that is the kind of environment NVEEE creates for everybody.

      - Emma Caulfield - September 7, 2019
    • The pals program in NVEEE has been a place where you can find people to relate to, a place that values differences, and a place that seeks change. Being in this program has connected me to a community that strives for advancement and diversity within youth and young adults.

      - Nat - December 11, 2022
    • Through NVEEE and specifically the Peace Ambassador Leadership Summit, I've met such amazing like-minded peers who are so driven and passionate about our community. By completing the summit and joining the program, I've learned valuable skills such as public speaking, organization, and team-work! I wish I could've found out about this program earlier and I would definitely recommend it to my younger peers!

      - Jiaxue - November 12, 2022
    • After attending NVEEE and their summer program, PALS, I am truly amazed at the work that NVEEE has continued to do in our community. The environment in the program truly is one of acceptance and it is beautiful to see the growth of not only myself but also every other individual impacted by the organization! Truly an amazing and inspiring organization!

      - Brian - October 1, 2017
    • I've been involved with this organization since 2013 and have nothing but beautiful memories from it. I have learned so much about helping the community and this organization has given me the tools to reach my goals in life to help those around me. Being a Peace Ambassador has been nothing short of life changing. I recommend this non profit organization to anyone who is looking for a life changing experience in growth!

      - Writer - October 1, 2017
    • this organization creates wonders for the youth of this era. under PALS, NVEEE has created a safe space for young people such as myself. we feel accepted and comfortable with ourselves enough to express our personalities in whichever way we please, and it is amazing. i'm lucky to have been invited to attend PALS because it is the only place i've ever been able to feel like myself and i hope others can experience the same things

      - Keleana - October 1, 2017