Updated on June 7, 2021

  The 2021 AIDL Summer Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop

This workshop for rising juniors and seniors in high school 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 worshop will receive an AIDL Certificate recognizing them as part of the 6th AIDL Cohort.   Parts of the workshop will focus on Leadership (and good citizenship) and other parts will deal with Diplomacy (and international issues).  The workshop will again be held virtually over two weeks using Zoom as it was in 2020.  The tentative dates are Mondays through Fridays during the weeks of July 5 - July 9 and July 12 - July 16, 2021.  Most days will be 9 AM until 3 PM with a long lunch and breaks between sessions, although there may be a few days that start later or finish earlier, depending on the availability of speakers.  Students must commit to participating in the entire workshop and attending all sessions.


                            Admission to the 2021 Summer Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop


The 2021 workshop will be free to all students who are accepted, but students must have internet and computer access, since the workshop is virtual.  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.

If you are interested in this workshop, click on the link in red below and complete the entire application request form.  This will allow us to keep in touch with you with updates and to send you the actual application.  You will receive the actual application after your request has been processed.  The deadline for requesting an application is April 30, 2021.

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The deadline to request an application has passed, but you can ask to be on the wait list by clicking on the link below.

               General workshop information as of May 11, 2021:

  • The Leadership sessions of the workshop will allow time for breakouts into different groups to discuss possible service projects.

  • The Diplomacy part of the workshop will have a US National Security Council simulation based on the humanitarian crisis in the South Sudan.

  • You are expected to attend EACH session of the workshop if you are accepted. Please do not apply if you will have conflicts during the two weeks of the workshop.

  • Depending on the final number of applicants, there is the possibility that you will not be chosen for the workshop.  Students will be selected for the workshop based on a one-page essay, a phone interview, and other criteria such as year in school, your previous participation in clubs and activities, and your career aspirations.

  • The workshop is free, but students and parents must sign a waiver/permission sheet which spells out rules of conduct.  

  • It is possible that some sessions of the workshop will be cancelled at the last minute.  It is also possible that the entire workshop will be cancelled.

  • It is critical that you check your email every day.   

  • The workshop will be Monday-Friday, July 5-9  and continue Monday-Friday July 12-16, 2021.  We will stretch the workshop out over two weeks, so that each day there won't be but 2-3 sessions to prevent 'Zoomfatigue'.  The dates for the workshop are subject to change.  

  • There will be an average of 3 sessions each day.  Some sessions will consist of a 30-40 minute presentation by a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker followed by 20-30 minutes of questions and/or discussion.  Other sessions will feature breakouts for group work or further discussion.  Depending on the availability of speakers, some days might only have one session and other days might have a full schedule.  The sessions each day will be scheduled between 9:00 AM and end by 3:00 pm at the latest. 

  • There will be long breaks between each session and at least an hour for lunch.  

  • You must have access to the internet and a laptop, iPad, or computer which you will not have to share during the week.

  •  We will use Zoom for all sessions.  An email with the Zoom link will be sent to you the day before the first session.  You are not allowed to share this information with anyone else for security reasons.  Students will be allowed in from a "waiting room".

  • You will have to download Zoom if you haven't already.  AIDL cannot provide you with any tech support.

Tentative Topics and Objectives for the Workshop

 Leadership Topics:                                                                                

* Good communication & civil discourse      * Introduction to ethics

* Non-violence

* Servant leadership

* Promoting unity

* Conflict resolution

* Importance of a free media

* Discerning bias / fake news in the media

* Service organizations & nonprofits

* Media as a tool for social change

* Interfaith efforts

* Service projects

        Diplomacy Topics:

* US National Security Council

* World conflicts

* Tools of diplomacy

* Atlanta's diplomacy

* Georgia's diplomacy

* International diplomacy

* Introduction to international relations

* Peaceful conflict resolution

* US Foreign Service

* South Sudan

* USAID and migration




      Students will: 


  • 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