Mission and Vision
The Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit brings young people from around the globe to Loudoun County each spring for an opportunity to share perspectives on the most important issues facing the world and develop action plans to address these issues. The summit empowers students in Loudoun County and around the world to be informed and active global citizens.
- School communities (students, teachers, administrators, families) increase their global competencies and cross-culture communication skills.
- All international delegates are hosted by Loudoun students and their families, creating an enriching cultural experience for both host families and guests.
- Loudoun students and their peers from around the world examine diverse perspectives on the most critical issues facing the world.
- Loudoun students and their peers from around the world develop and implement action plans to address important issues facing the world.
- Loudoun students engage in authentic leadership, as they work throughout the course of the school year to plan and facilitate the summit.
- Loudoun teachers develop and implement lessons consistent with the Loudoun County Public Schools One to the World framework which incorporate the diverse perspectives of the visiting international students.
- Teachers collaborate in meaningful ways with their colleagues at their own school and across the county to plan and implement the program.
- Loudoun schools develop partnerships with international schools that grow to include collaboration beyond the summit.
- Lifelong learning for students and teachers alike, many of the relationships forged during the summit become enduring friendships.
Outcomes from the 2017 summit included:
- The entire student body of Dominion High School and 100 Global Ambassadors of the all the Loudoun schools heard from Civil Rights activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. Through lessons implemented in homerooms, the entire Dominion student body examined primary sources from Mulholland’s involvement in the movement in preparation for the event and debriefed the event with a focus on the capacity of ordinary citizens to make change in their communities and the world.
- Several ELL classes (40 students) utilized the book “She Stood for Freedom,” chronically the life of Mulholland to examine the Civil Rights movement in history classes.
- Several A.P. Government classes (76 students) watched “An Ordinary Hero,” a documentary about Mulholland and read and discussed excerpts from “Coming of Age in Mississippi,” the memoir of one of Mulholland’s contemporaries, in lessons to design to further explore the summit topic of “Bridging Racial and Ethnic Divisions” in-depth.
- Several Broad Run social science classes (80 students) and 100 Global Ambassadors from all the Loudoun schools heard from Deng Chol, a Sudanese refugee, and participated in a lesson from the American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law’s curriculum alongside summit delegates to consider the challenges with associated with accommodating displaced people in refugee camps.
- Students in 12 World Language classes (280 students) at Broad Run High School were engaged in activities in which the summit delegates taught them about their language and culture.
- Approximately 400 students in various classes (primarily social science classes) at all of the participating high schools expanded their global perspectives by examining the briefing papers of the summit delegates on the topics of “Environment,” “Bridging Racial and Ethnic Divisions,” “Access to Education,” and “Migration and Refugees.” Students expanded their global perspectives by participating in discussions on these topics with their peers from around the world.
- 60 students in the Global Social Issues course honed their leadership and cross-cultural communication skills by serving as facilitators for the structured summit discussions.
- Approximately 300 students at Rock Ridge High School engaged in coordinating Service Day activities. Freshmen classes participated in a cross-curricular project to examine water resource issues and designed activities to raise awareness about these issues as part of the Service Day.
- Dozens of teachers across all schools designed lessons that engaged hundreds of students with the visiting international delegates in their classes. Lessons spanned all disciplines and included a crosscurricular art and government lesson with the organization ArtWorks for Freedom, a Comparative Government lesson examining nationalism around the world by examining political cartoons, and a lesson with a Functional Skills class in which delegates worked alongside students with disabilities to identify and tally functional signage around the school.
- Approximately 300 students engaged with international delegates in extra-curricular activities ranging from dance clinics to world language club activities.
- Approximately 60 students in Loudoun County designed action plans to address issues in their local communities as part of the Peace First Challenge. Four student groups were awarded grants of $250 from Peace First to implement their plans.
- 97 families across Loudoun County increased their cross-cultural competencies by hosting an international delegate for ten days.