The Global Community Leadership program (GCL) is a Youthlinc core program in partnership with Utah State University (USU) and Utah Valley University (UVU) designed to meet the demand of university students, these trips include non-Youthlinc university students, non-traditional students, and Youthlinc alums. Participants can enroll for credit through our partnering Universities or they can choose to participate for no credit. If a person participates for no credit they are expected to engage with the academic learning so they will have the right context to appropriately engage with the international study abroad portion.
The goal of these trips is to deepen your understanding of what it means to be a “humanitarian” by exposing you to an integrated local and international experience embedded in academic learning supported by a service learning model. This program invites and inspires participants to ask difficult and probing questions about what it means to be responsible citizens engaging in local and international humanitarian efforts.
GCL is firmly rooted in Youthlinc’s mission of creating lifetime humanitarians. GCL guides participants in an impactful direction, creating community leaders who have a practical and academic understanding of the complexities of local and international citizenship and humanitarianism. Each GCL course is uniquely designed by the Professor leading the trip and Youthlinc staff. Each trip takes on an academic and service lens of their own based on the focus of the course and the curriculum designed by the Professor(s).
Youthlinc is a 501c3 nonprofit, so trips are tax-deductible and participants will be able to fundraise through Youthlinc’s social fundraising software.