The 2020 Youth Global Citizens Summit brings together 20 youth from diverse racial, cultural, geographic, and economic backgrounds who are making a difference in their communities. Youth will meet in July 2020 for the one-day Global Citizens Summit and again on September 23, 2020, to participate in the United Nations General Assembly Conference in New York City.

Youth from Maryland will collaborate with their peers from New York, Washington DC, and Virginia to learn about and engage in discussion around equity, diversity, and inclusion. Youth will also visit cultural sites, local businesses, social change organizations, and government agencies.

Training workshops will be conducted focusing on global competence, advocacy, and innovation as it relates to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Utilizing technology, youth will return home and continue working collaboratively with their peers to complete a year-long, project addressing a solution to a real-world issue within their communities.

When - July 2020 and September 2020


Application Requirements


  • Applicants must submit a recommendation letter from a teacher, school administrator, or community leader to be considered for the YELD Global Citizens Scholarship.

  •  Guidelines for Recommendation letter​

  • Applicants must submit a 2-3-minute video​

  • ​​Applicants must also respond to two short answer questions, up to 250 words each (If selected for the second round​).

  • Applications close Sunday, May 31, 2020 11:59 PM EDT.

  •  Link to application will be provided for applications who move to the  second round.


Trip Includes


  • Pre- and post-trip learning sessions (virtually and in-person)

  • Orientation

  • Training Sessions and guest speakers

  • Entertainment

  • All trip-related meals

  • Lodging and ground transportation during trip


Eligibility Requirements


  • Ages 12-18 (by time of application)

  • Limited past overseas travel


  • Global Citizens Summit: $125  | UNGA Conference in NYC: $200

  • Scholarships available (must meet income/need requirement)

  • Fundraising support material available

Note: Students from low-income households and those with limited or no travel exposure will be given preference in the selection process.

Students at Collins American International Academy (Nigeria) share the importance of Global Citizenship

Students from several counties in Maryland share their experience attending the UNGA conference in NYC.

"Youth excel as influential leaders and global citizens when they are socially and emotionally prepared to serve within their community and around the world. The YELD Global Citizens Academy utilizes research and the SCORE BIG approach to equip students with the knowledge and tool essential for success in school, the workplace and life."

Youth from minority and underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Monday-Friday 2:00pm-6:00pm

​Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm

In-School Hours Varies



8630 M Guilford Road, Suite 174

Columbia, MD 21046

Phone: 443-718-9003



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