The 360Plus Foundation would like to thank and congratulate everyone who made the 2019 Leadership Collective possible. We are very proud of the 39 students from 9 countries that took a leap out of their comfort zones and traveled together for over 3 weeks. Surely the experience was tiring at times, thrilling at others, and ultimately something that will be a major milestone in the lives of every participant, setting the foundation for exploring opportunities and perspectives that are global in nature.
This year’s journey started in November of 2018 when we opened the 2019 Leadership Collective application. Every year we aim to expand the reach of our applicant pool, making a concerted effort to bring new viewpoints into the program through youth from around the world. Our vast international network helped connect us to many new countries resulting in applicants from North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Ultimately, we were spoiled for choice in our final selection of youth leaders from around the globe.
From March through June of 2019, the selected cohort worked on the 360Plus Leadership Collective’s online curriculum. Students learned about India, studied concepts of citizenship, mapped their assets for taking action to make positive change, and built an intercultural community by learning from one another. By the time July 1st came around, students jumped into a mysterious travel experience and they did so as a group that had prepared through a shared a common experience in the Leadership Collective’s virtual classroom.
It’s hard to believe that there are only two months between now and the likely opening of the 2020 360Plus Leadership Collective application this coming November. We are back to the drawing board looking at how we can grow, improve, and innovate for the next step of this unique program. We have quite a few exciting ideas, but we would also like to hear from our community of supporters and alumni.