Global Young Innovators Initiative

Impact Through Leadership

Grade: 9–12
Duration: 6 days

  • Boston, MA – Harvard University
  • Los Angeles, CA – University of California, Los Angeles
  • Atlanta, GA – Emory University
  • Chicago, IL – The University of Chicago

About Global Young Innovators Initiative

Your Chance to Transform the World Starts Here

Are you ready to take your leadership skills to the next level, transform your world and build partnerships that will last a lifetime? At the Global Young Innovators Initiative: Impact Through Leadership (GYII), you’ll serve as a real-life international business consultant for a small Nigerian business. Along with a professional mentor and a team of other students, you’ll collaborate via Skype and e-mail with a local Nigerian business owner to develop creative and sustainable solutions to the challenges their business or community faces.

Students at previous summits have improved water purification systems, combated computer illiteracy, helped start and support small business, and designed educational programs—all while honing the skills needed to lead the next generation of creative problem solvers and innovative thinkers.

This unique six-day summit is held, in partnership with Leadership Initiatives, a US-based non-profit that approaches the problem of underdevelopment by empowering communities to address their own needs through education and local financing.

Notice: This program is not owned, controlled or supervised by Harvard University or any of its schools or programs.

Real-life Experience

Work via email and Skype with local Nigerian business leaders to gain real-life experience in leadership, design, technology, ethics, and more. 

Attend interactive workshops on current global issues such as failing states, cybersecurity, and human rights, presented by leading experts in the field.

Have the opportunity to be selected to join Leadership Initiatives’ International Business Alliance Program (IBAP), a highly-competitive mentorship program. 

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Exclusive Leadership Initiatives Partnership
Leadership Initiatives (LI), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), partners with local business leaders in Nigeria with whom GYII students work via Skype and email to identify a challenge within their business, consider the problem, research answers, help develop a sustainable solution and assist in project implementation. Learn More
Marshall J Bailly II Keynote Speaker
Mr. Bailly founded Leadership Initiatives to empower men, women and children around the world to determine their own futures and help break the cycles of poverty and dissatisfaction that plague so many communities worldwide. 
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College Visits and University Admissions
Students visit the campuses of some of the most prestigious schools in the United States. For example, students in the Boston program will visit Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Boston College, where they will learn more about the universities and the admissions process and get a feel for the collegiate culture.
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Speakers and Workshops
GYII students take part in Skype workshops with mentors from the U.S. Department of State, Booz-Allen, the World Bank, Global Giving, and more. These workshops focus on areas such as human rights, empowering global communities, 21st century issues, and innovations. 
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2016 Program Details

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Atlanta, GA Emory University July 23-July 28 GMU College Credit
Boston, MA Harvard University June 13-June 18, June 20-June 25 Both sessions at Harvard University are now full. GMU College Credit
Chicago, IL The University of Chicago August 1-August 6 GMU College Credit
Los Angeles, CA University of California at Los Angeles July 11-July 16 GMU College Credit

Tuition & Fundraising


Tuition for the Global Young Innovators Initiative includes:

  • A full schedule of classes, briefings, lectures, and simulations
  • A personalized Certificate of Completion
  • Housing accommodations
  • All on-campus meals
  • Course materials
  • Transportation as needed for site visits
  • Program faculty and supervisory staff

NOTE: Transportation to and from the program location is NOT included in tuition.

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2016 Program Scholarships

Envision offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic merit, leadership achievements and other factors.

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Let us show you how other students use fundraising to cover some or all of their tuition costs. Make fundraising part of your Global Young Innovators Initiative personal success story.

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Payment Options

You may pay in full today or opt to enroll in our convenient payment plan.

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"I loved getting to work with my business owner and work with my team. It was so different from any experience I've ever had and taught me so much about myself and others."

- Lauryn D

"Helping a business and changing lives, it's a humbling experience which I will take with me for the rest of my life." 

- Christine C.


  • Is the Global Young Innovators Initiative right for me?

    The Global Young Innovators Initiative is right for you if you are a high school student in grades 9-12 during the 2015-2016 academic year, and you are ready to take the next step in your leadership development. Most of our students are alumni of other Envision programs, but open enrollments are welcome from qualified international students who want to make the most of this opportunity.

  • What is included in tuition?

    Your tuition for the Global Young Innovators Initiative includes a full schedule of classes, briefings, lectures and simulations, a personalized Certificate of Completion, housing accommodations at a university or college dormitory, all on-campus meals, transportation as needed for off-site activities, site visits, events, and program faculty and on-site staff for supervision.

    Your transportation, however, to and from the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for off-campus meals, souvenirs, snacks and other incidentals.

  • How will I be supervised?

    Your safety and well-being during the program is our highest priority. The program is structured so that you will reside in a safe, controlled environment. You will be closely supervised by professionally trained staff, including faculty advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, operations personnel and a program coordinator.

    For nearly 30 years, Envision has achieved a stellar record of safely and successfully enriching the lives of students, providing them with superb educational experiences and professional supervision. Other Envision safety measures include:

    • Greeting students at the designated airport upon their arrival and providing shuttle service directly to the program site, as well as providing shuttle service back to the airport on departure day.
    • Maintaining a student-to-staff ratio of 17-to-1.
    • Providing single-sex rooms and single-sex floors.
    • Requiring all students to attend all activities.
    • Checking rooms nightly and ensuring that students remain in their rooms.
    • Equipping all staff members with two-way communication devices.
  • Where will I stay?

    For the summer 2016 Global Young Innovators Initiative program, you have the choice of four exciting campus locations, including Harvard University in Boston, MA, the University of California, Los Angeles, Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL. In each location, you will reside on campus during the program.

  • How many students will share a room?

    Each room will house between one and three students. You will have your own bed.

  • Can my parents attend the program?

    No. Your parents or guardians are not allowed to accompany you during the program. Gaining independence, including experiencing new things on your own, is an essential part of your growth during the program. However, it is perfectly fine for your family to travel with you to the program location and stay in the area while you are attending the program.

  • Can I attend if I am a student with special needs?

    Yes. If you are a student with special needs or with disabilities, we encourage you to enroll. We may be able to provide you with auxiliary aids and services to assist you. Please call our Office of Admissions for more information or to discuss your particular needs prior to enrolling in the program.

  • Do I need to make my own flight arrangements?

    Yes. Your tuition does not include transportation to and from your home and the program location. We recommend that you make necessary flight arrangements only AFTER you receive confirmation that you are officially enrolled.

  • What is the pre-conference assignment, FUEL?

    The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. To aid in this assessment, you must complete a brief pre-program assignment entitled Feedback for Understanding Emerging Leaders (FUEL).

    The FUEL assignment will be available on your personal MyEnvisionExperience.com web page after you enroll. It simply requires that you choose five mentors – teachers, coaches, youth group leaders or other trusted adults – to complete a short survey about your leadership strengths. You also will complete a short self-assessment as part of the FUEL assignment.

  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    We make every effort to meet the dietary needs of all our students, provided the request is submitted prior to the start of the conference.  When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.

Have more questions? Check out the Envision FAQs.