Updated on November 29,2022

To request an application when it becomes available in January, scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the link.  

  The 2023 AIDL Summer Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop

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 workshop 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, we are tentatively planning for the first week of the workshop to be virtual using Zoom.  Students who are not in metro Atlanta 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 available in January.)

 Leadership Topics:                                                                                

* 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

        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

                            Admission to the 2023 Summer Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop


The 2023 workshop will be free to all students 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 for the second week of the workshop which is tentatively planned to be in-person on the Emory University campus in Atlanta.  

If you are interested in this workshop, click on the red link below and complete the application request form.  We will then send you the application when it becomes available in January 2023.  

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