Become a Mentor

In this blended learning program, participants will work to develop competencies in the settings in which they currently occupy leadership roles. At the same time, there will be substantial focus on significant real-world contexts, including the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This will ensure that the complex work of the program is both relevant to participants' present lives and forward looking.


Due to the length and dedication of this course, Mentors are offered travel reimbursement (if training is conducted in person) for the initial training in July 2018 and the two-week capstone project in Summer 2019. Lodging and food stipend is also provided for all course staff. Workload compensation during the academic-year portion of the programme is to be worked out with home institutions.


  • For students: improved self-knowledge and experience with development coach, leadership competencies, cultural competence, networking skills, global network of fellow student leaders, real-world knowledge of UN’s SDGs, Personal Development Plan (PDP) for on-going work
  • For teacher mentors: professional development as trainer-mentors, global network of colleagues with shared and complementary knowledge and interests, integrated knowledge of UN’s SDGs and the teaching of these goals, improved self-knowledge, PDP in context of leadership development
  • For WLSA member institutions: peer trainers (students and teachers) capable of developing next-generation leadership training modules, enriched program and institutional culture, connections to other institutions with shared interests


  • 7-month blended-learning program in two phases, academic year and summer, for 3-4 person student-teacher teams from 8-10 schools (year 1)
  • Academic year: three 8-week terms with teamwork both online and locally; 2-3 hours/week
  • Summer: 2-week capstone team project; July 2019 location TBD
  • Learning channels: online lectures, readings, group discussions, journaling, home-school and networked mentor support, local team projects, online/multinational team projects

Year One Priorities

  • Relatively small overall program (ca. 24 students from 8-10 schools, each with a teacher-mentor able to attend mentor training)
  • Priority to students in established leadership roles who will be returning to their home school for at least one year at the conclusion of the program