The Global Leadership Academy (GLA) prepares an elite cohort of Jewish teens from around the world with marketable leadership skills and experiences that are transferable throughout their lives. Designed as an online cohort and based on the three pillars—Understanding Leadership Strengths, Relationship Building, and Scaling Impact—the program is built on a set of competencies that define a leader. These are intended to create a strong force of Alephs, B’nai B’rith Girls, staff, parents, advisors, and philanthropists all working toward creating a movement of our future leaders, committed to a strong Jewish community and a better world.
As a member of the GLA, you will take part in monthly cohort calls, engage with prominent entrepreneurs and leadership experts, and complete a set of projects designed to further develop your leadership skills. You will exit the program with further developed leadership strengths along with skills in relationship building and leading a movement to leave a larger impact. GLA generally looks to engage high school sophomores (grade 10, ages 15–16) who have great leadership potential but may not necessarily hold formal leadership positions. undefined
Nominations will be due Wednesday, September 18 and applications will be due Friday, September 20.
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“I have become more confident in my leadership skills and have more faith in myself to really make an impact in my chapter in the future.” —Dina Saef, Great Midwest Region
“If there is one thing I want to bring back to my community from GLA is that being a leader is not necessarily about learning new skills, but it is mostly about taking the skills you already have and sharpening them.” —Evan Forman, Lake Ontario Region
“GLA is a great way to meet teens around the globe and build up your leadership experience.” —Grace Adler, Great Midwest Region
Explore the key dates for the Global Leadership Academy cohort for 2019-2020.
Global Leadership Academy application launches.
Global Leadership Academy application closes.
Get to know the Global Leadership Academy call.
First Cohort Call: Understanding Leadership
Second Cohort Call: Relationship Building
Third Cohort Call: Scaling Impact, Pt. I
Fourth Cohort Call: Scaling Impact, Pt. II
GLA Presents at BBYO International Convention
Fifth Cohort Call: Bringing It All Together
Final Cohort Call: Feedback and Celebration
The Global Leadership Academy is a newer program to BBYO. Learn more about the about experience by exploring some common questions listed below.
You should plan to commit between one and two hours a week to the Global Leadership Academy. These hours include monthly cohort calls that you will take part in as well as individual projects you will work on to further foster your leadership skills.
GLA is generally targeted toward sophomores (grade 10, ages 15–16) who are looking to build their skills and experience outside BBYO’s traditional democratic leadership model.
As a member of the GLA you will participate in monthly cohort calls with all other GLA teens. Each 90-minute cohort call is led by speakers and coaches focusing on workshopping one leadership pillar and helping you refine your skills. A typical call agenda might look like this:
Jewish Educator Speaker
Intro to the Leadership Pillar
Workshop and Reflection
Discussion of Upcoming Individual Projects
Create your own leadership journey as you choose from a menu of projects that further develop leadership skills discussed on the cohort call. These projects are intended to set you up for success in other leadership endeavors and to leave an impact on your community. Think: getting coffee with an alum, reading a leadership article, and meeting with an executive in a field of interest.
Click here for a peek at past GLA projects.
Once the new GLA cohort is selected, check back here to see which Alephs and B'nai B'rith Girls are participating. Additionally, GLA cohort members will have access to the GLA portal on the website.