New York, NY, August 7, 2017 — MCW, an organization dedicated to empowering youth to become positive agents of change in their communities, convened thirty-seven from different corners of the world to participate in MCW’s 20th Young Leaders Access Program Retreat held at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont and New York University in New York City.
Participants entered the retreat with a social change idea they would like to address in their local communities. Topic areas included gender equality, community development, education, youth empowerment, environmental, and health issues. During the retreat, vision plan facilitators, guest speakers, MCW board members and staff, and mentors provided guidance, offered inspiration, shared knowledge and skills to help participants develop their vision plans and equip them with tools needed to actualize change in their communities.
Representing twenty-six countries and territories, including Bangladesh, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kashmir Territory, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Tanzania, United States of America, Vietnam and Zimbabwe, the retreat fostered a vibrant platform for cultural exchange and dialogue. The young leaders shared their respective cultures through music, dance, videos, and informational presentations.