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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

    Career Exploration and Interpersonal Development
    June 15 - 21, 2024


    Embodying the essence of a transformative college experience, PALS at the University of Central Florida is a week-long, immersive program where young leaders live on campus, experiencing the vibrancy of college life while honing their leadership skills. This leadership summit, with its emphasis on career exploration and interpersonal development, equips young leaders with essential skills and insights, enabling them to navigate their futures with confidence and effectiveness.

    The hallmark of PALS is its peer-led approach, establishing a dynamic environment of peer-to-peer learning and mentoring. This model is both engaging and relatable for participants. High school students serve as Junior Counselors, leading various activities and discussions, fostering mutual learning and growth. College student mentors complement this structure, bringing their own experiences and knowledge to guide, support, and inspire the attendees.

    A distinctive feature of this PALS location is the development of social skills through evening activities that encourage participants to step out of their comfort zones. These activities, ranging from dorm decorations, karaoke, and socials to team-building exercises, art therapy, talent shows, and relaxation days at the pool, are designed to enhance camaraderie, self-expression, and teamwork.

    Central to PALS at UCF is the focus on interpersonal development. The program intensively cultivates the ability to build strong, empathetic relationships in various contexts. Through interactive sessions, students develop their communication, empathy, and interpersonal skills, which are crucial for effective collaboration, conflict resolution, and constructive peer engagement.

    Equally important is the summit's emphasis on career exploration. Interactive workshops, panel discussions, and hands-on activities guide participants through a journey of discovering various career paths, understanding necessary professional skills, and visualizing their future roles in the workforce. This exploration is not merely about career identification but also about recognizing the application of leadership skills in diverse professional environments.

    Moreover, PALS champions the importance of civic engagement and social awareness. Participants are encouraged to become active, informed citizens, poised to assume leadership roles in societal challenges and community betterment.

    Undoubtedly, PALS at UCF is more than a summit—it's a life-changing journey toward effective leadership, thoughtful communication, and proactive societal engagement. Participants not only embark on a path of personal growth but also join a community of peers and mentors committed to positive global impact. 

    Evening Social Activities Include:

    • Karaoke & Ice Cream Social 
    • Pool day 
    • Movie Night
    • Art Therapy
    • Talent Showcase 
    • Themed Prom 

    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: $950 (Ends 2/29)
    • 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