Updated on February 26, 2023
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The 2023 AIDL Summer Diplomacy & Leadership Institute
This free workshop for high school students graduating in 2024 and 2025 will be interactive and allow time for questions and discussion after each presenter. Students who are accepted to attend and who successfully complete the entire two weeks will receive an AIDL Certificate recognizing them as part of the 8th AIDL Cohort.
In order for students from areas outside of metro Atlanta to hear some of these excellent speakers and to work on projects with students from different schools, the first week of the workshop to be virtual using Zoom. Students outside metro Atlanta who are chosen to participate in the virtual workshop will be allowed to join in those presentations and discussions even though they will not officially be part of the 8th Cohort.
Tentative Topics and Objectives for the Workshop
(Please note that not all topics/objectives will be covered each week. More information will be available later.)
* Good communication & civil discourse * Introduction to ethics
* Non-violence & conflict resolution
* Servant leadership
* Promoting unity & community building
* Importance of a free media
* Discerning bias / fake news in the media
* Service organizations & nonprofits
* Media as a tool for social change
* Interfaith dialogue
* Service projects
* US National Security Council
* World conflicts
* Tools of diplomacy
* Atlanta's & Georgia's Diplomacy
* International diplomacy
* Introduction to international relations
* Peaceful conflict resolution
* US Foreign Service
* Crisis in South Sudan
* USAID and migration in Central America
* Peacebuilding in the Middle East
learn the importance of "servant leadership"
gain an appreciation for peacebuilding efforts
understand the importance and structure of the US Department of State
examine successful efforts at diplomacy
develop successful communication skills
develop conflict resolution skills
apply skills to an international crisis in a US National Security Council simulation
increase their knowledge of world affairs
appreciate the importance of freedom of the media
develop literary competency
understand the importance of ethics in leadership
examine possibilities for service projects
Admission to the 2023 Summer Diplomacy & Leadership Institute
The 2023 Institute will be free to all high school students in the graduating classes of 2024 or 2025 who are accepted, but students must have internet and computer access, since the first week of the workshop is virtual using Zoom. The Institute reserves the right to cancel parts or all of the workshop if circumstances warrant. Participants are expected to be on best behavior at all times. All participants and their guardians will be asked to sign a liability waiver/permission sheet which spells out rules of conduct. The workshops will be non-partisan, inclusive, and respectful of different cultures and religions. Due to the large number of expected applicants, it is possible that not all students will be accepted.
Option 1 for Metro Atlanta students: Students who are accepted must commit to attend both week-long workshops (June 12-16 and June 19-23) to be considered part of the 8th Cohort.
Option 2: Eligible students outside the metro Atlanta area are allowed and encouraged to apply for the first week-long workshop (June 12-16) which will be virtual. Students who are accepted will not be part of the 8th Cohort but will be allowed to participate fully in the virtual workshop and receive a Certificate of Participation upon successful completion of that week.