Cross Cultural Leadership Program for Students
What is CCLP?
WLSA created the Cross Cultural Leadership Program (CCLP) to actively engage and facilitate students in developing connections, developing themselves and acting on issues they find important.
CCLP is a truly global online program where you learn leadership skills through working together with students from all over the world. It is a course offered to WLSA Associate Schools where leadership is a natural progression goal for students.
Is CCLP for you?
- Are you in your sophomore or junior year?
- Do you want to learn what it means to be an empathetic leader?
- Do you want to meet and work with students from all over the world?
- Are you interested in exploring different cultures, different ideas, and how other people see the world?
If you're open, curious and proactive in learning about yourself and others, CCLP can provide a path for your personal development.
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How does it work?
CCLP is split into two 10-week terms of online learning followed by a capstone that you'll attend in person. With the guidance of a mentor and alongside 23 other students from around the globe, you'll use WLSA's newly redeveloped online learning platform to complete assignments and get to know the other students. To be successful in CCLP you need to be curious and willing to put yourself out there. By working together as a group, you'll develop your leadership skills as an individual.
The course culminates in a capstone where you'll get to meet everyone in person. Last year's capstone was held at the Korea International School Jeju Campus in Jeju, South Korea. The next capstone in 2020 will be held at McMaster University just outside of Toronto, Canada.
September 30 2019 - December 8 2019
The first term focuses on you.
You'll be put into groups with students from schools from around the world and get to know them through different online activities with the aim to reflect on yourself, your identity, what makes you tick, what you care about and how you can apply your strengths to everyday situations in school and at home. Weaving through the core curriculum of term 1 will be an introduction to different leadership styles.
February 3 2020 - April 12 2020
The second term focuses on active leadership.
You'll change groups and work with a new set of students on the course assignments. Term 2 has a stronger focus on leadership: you'll learn about different leadership styles and tackle moral dilemmas commonly faced by leaders. During this part of the course you'll also be expected to develop and practice your leadership skills by identifying a challenge in your school and delivering a project on it.
Working with a Mentor
As part of the program you'll be assigned a mentor to guide you through the course and support your learning. They'll be your main point of contact, lead the online working groups and give you feedback as you complete activities. They'll also be your sounding board as you develop your personal projects in the second term and your guide as you complete the program at the capstone.
Although CCLP participants and mentors are usually in different time zones across the world, in order to be successful in the program you must be diligent about staying engaged and responding to your mentor as soon as possible.
The 2020 Capstone at McMaster University in Canada
Once you've successfully completed both terms you'll get to meet your fellow participants and mentor at the capstone, where you'll put your hard earned lessons to practice.
The previous capstone took place at the Jeju Campus of the Korea International School at Jeju Island, South Korea.
The 2020 capstone is going to be held at McMaster University in Hamilton, a short drive from both Toronto and Niagara Falls.
Highlights from the 2018 Capstone in Jeju, South Korea
How can you get involved?
Step 1 Hit the Apply Now button and submit your application before the deadline
Step 2 If you've been selected you'll hear back from us around mid-June 2019
The application deadline is May 27, 2019
What our students have to say
I think the most important thing is to lean into discomfort and put yourself out there, and you will get the most out of the trip – I really appreciated the leadership workshops & reflections because they allowed me to think about myself and how I can improve.
ONLY 24 STUDENTS WORLDWIDE WILL BE ACCEPTED INTO THE COURSE
Students are expected to:
- Complete all tasks within the time framework provided
- To communicate with the other students in the CCLP group they are allocated to
- Keep in regular contact with their mentor
- Should the CCLP term run outside of the school’s academic term the student is still expected to continue with the program and complete tasks assigned
- Prepare and run a 6 week project in their school or community to test their leadership skills in action
While WLSA covers the cost of the course, students are expected to fund their own airfare, local transportation, food, lodging and personal expenses related to the capstone in Canada.
Food and lodging is expected to cost approximately $400 USD.