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What we are working on now.

Cause 10,000 Bold Leaders by December 2015
After 10 years of cross-cutting educational work in multiple regions of the world and with diverse audiences through comprehensive travel exchange programs, BoldLeaders is now ready to launch a new initiative to Cause 10,000 Bold Leaders around the world by the end of 2015.

This project takes advantage of two incredible assets: our Alumni and our Unique Products. Bold Leaders around the world tell us how unique, life-long and life-altering our methodology is - even those who have participated in similar programs! Now we will train THEM - our Alumni - to deliver our foundational workshop FOR FREE, to hundreds of young people, school staff and community groups. By December 2014 we will have trained groups in five countries (including two groups in Colorado!) using a unique virtual platform. By February 2015 we will have trained groups in seven countries, and in 12 by December 2015! Each country group will be delivering the workshop to hundreds of both students and adults.

The Bold Talks Workshop dramatically shifts the engagement level, civic participation and personal involvement of young leaders and community stakeholders. It's designed to increase school engagement, collaboration, community participation and communication skills. We are finding more and more that the current responses to challenges in education are from the outside-in. This workshop and our methodology flips that around and lets the challenge for a solution be authored by students (or anyone for that matter), in a way that creates a uniquely personal context for participating in everything from school, to work, to relationships - which then dramatically alters how that person participates.

On a much larger scale (as if that wasn't enough!), what we are working on in these workshops could be the origin of essential human qualities like curiosity, compassion, sense of beauty, persistence, spontaneity, empathy and more. In short, we are proposing that we know how to develop these qualities at the source!


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BoldLeaders also delivers high quality programs, trainings and workshops throughout Colorado, Nebraska and around the world with a variety of organizations, school districts, community groups, teams and others. Teacher and mentor training, program design and development and much more take place throughout the year.

Program descriptions and short term results up to 2011 can be seen here ». Long term results and current data from the new program will be available by request or on this site by January 2015.

Sponsors and Funders

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs fund almost all of our international programs. We are grateful for their continued support and interest in our work.
Exchanges Connect is an international online community managed by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs that connects potential, current, and former exchange program participants so that they can discuss application processes, programs, and living abroad.



State Alumni is your global community: a dynamic and interactive networking experience for all past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs.

Stay connected with your exchange alumni experience and explore the various opportunities available to you from State Alumni. Find fellow alumni in your country and in all regions of the world. Share your ideas, learn from your fellow alumni and find out about alumni activities being implemented in communities the world over. Focus on your professional development by searching for job and grant opportunities, and post your résumé or academic articles. Prepare your research through State Alumni's Online Resource Center, and access over 20,000 U.S. and international periodicals, newspapers, and more!

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To see some of our past programs, please expand the folders below

Location: Denver, Colorado and Washington, D.C. with participants from Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa

Groups of students and participants from these four countries take part in a year-long program that engages the youth and educators in an intensive and adventurous learning experience in the urban areas of Denver and Washington D.C. and the wilderness of Colorado. Through collaboration with a variety of dynamic organizations, individuals and educational institutions, the future leaders will take part in multifaceted workshops and discussions, live with local host families, experience life with U.S. teenagers, meet grassroots activists and community organizers and create an inspiring community of empowered young people and educators.

The trip to the U.S. is just the beginning of the program. When they return, the participants engage in follow-on projects within their home communities, using vital relationships with previously identified local organizations as their foundation and support. Using a common website platform, along with local teams and networks that they develop, the new ambassadors will maintain contact with their peers — sharing the challenges and successes of their projects that often focus on community health, environmental conversation, community dialogue and much more.

  • Two groups of students and teachers from the countries above.
  • First group: November 25 – December 18, 2012 (ended)
  • Second group: March 31 – April 23, 2013
  • Each group will be in Colorado for three weeks with a final few days in Washington, D.C.
  • Project focuses on leadership, community engagement, civic discourse, social entrepreneurship
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Location: Washington, D.C. and Uganda

Involving seven students and one adult educator from three regional areas (Denver, Central Nebraska and the Virginia/Washington D.C. area), this 10-month long program focuses on leadership, community engagement, civic discourse, and social entrepreneurship. The program includes kick-off training and community workshops followed by three weeks of travel to Uganda with a three-day pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. The travel program involves multiple periods of interactions with Ugandan peers, a host family stay and the Leaders Connect Summit in Kampala. Upon their return, the participants engage in action oriented projects within their community and in tandem with Ugandan teens they met during the program.

The application period for this program is currently closed. If you are interested in applying for the possible 2013 – 2014 program, please check back with us in October, 2013.

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Location: Colorado and Washington D.C.

The Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean will bring 78 students (10–15 from each country, ages 15–18) and 12 adult youth educators to Colorado and Washington D.C. from multiple Caribbean nations including the Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Three groups will be in the U.S. for four-week periods during 2013 and 2014. The program engages the youth and educators in an intensive and adventurous learning experience in the urban areas of Denver and Washington D.C. and the wilderness of Colorado. Through collaboration with a variety of dynamic organizations, individuals and educational institutions, the future leaders will take part in multifaceted workshops and discussions, live with local host families, experience life with U.S. teenagers, meet grassroots activists and community organizers and create an inspiring community of empowered young people and educators.

The trip to the U.S. is just the beginning of the program. Before and after the travel, the participants engage in projects within their home communities, using vital relationships with local organizations other participants and peers as their foundation and support. Using a common website platform along with local teams and networks that they develop, the new ambassadors will maintain contact with their peers throughout the Caribbean — sharing the challenges and successes of their projects that often focus on community health, environmental conversation, community dialogue and more. For more information on the objective of the program, please click here.
  • Each group will be in Colorado for three weeks with a final few days in Washington, D.C.
  • Project focuses on leadership, community engagement, civic discourse, social entrepreneurship.
Program Dates:
Session 1:
February 326, 2013 (ended)
Session 2: October 6 – 29, 2013 (ended)
Session 3: February 2 – 25, 2014

Host Family Sessions:
Session 1:
February 8 – 21, 2013 (ended)
Session 2: October 11 – 24, 2013 (ended)
Session 3: February 7 – 20, 2014

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For Hosting an Adult Application »
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United States
2001 to 2002 — Northern Ireland BoldLeaders Project (students from Northern Ireland travel to U.S.)
2008 — Illinois: Diversity, Democracy, Globalization and Citizenship Youth Exchange
2009 to 2010 — Colorado: Emerging Young Leaders Project
2010 to 2012 — Colorado and Nationally: Professional Fellows in Food Security
2010 to 2012 — Colorado: American Youth Leadership Project with Kenya
2012 to 2013 — Colorado, Nebraska, Virginia/D.C.: American Youth Leadership Project with Uganda

Europe
2001 to 2002 — Northern Ireland BoldLeaders Project (students fromU.S. travel to Northern Ireland)
2003 — Cyprus: ACT Project
2004 to 2009 — Cyprus: BiCommunal Support Project
2007 to 2008 — Cyprus American Scholarship Project
2008 — Turkey and Germany: Diversity, Democracy, Globalization and Citizenship Youth Exchange
2009 to 2010 — Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic: Emerging Young Leaders Project

Africa
2007 to 2008 — Kenya: BoldLeaders Project
2009 to 2012 — Tanzania: Sub-Saharan African Young Leaders Project
2009 to 2012 — Kenya: Sub-Saharan African Young Leaders Project
2009 to 2012 — Nigeria: Sub-Saharan African Young Leaders Project
2009 to 2012 — South Africa: Sub-Saharan African Young Leaders Project
2011 to 2012 — Kenya and Uganda: Professional Fellows in Food Security

Asia
2004 — Cambodia: BoldLeaders Project

Caribbean
2012 to 2014 — Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Jamaica, Grenada: Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean

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