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the academy 


The Academy is a 3-month, intensive, residential, pre-university program geared towards the highest-potential young Latin Americans who are committed to solving the biggest problems that face the region. This highly selective program will gather young Latin American scholars and world-class educators in the up-and-coming city of Medellín, Colombia from early February - early May 2020. The Academy centers on three pillars: Academic Readiness, Self-Leadership and Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation. The residential experience ensures that you will develop deep bonds with your fellow Academy attendees and strengthen your Latin American network.

Our Methodology: The Program Pillars

Academic Readiness

Our academic program is designed to prepare you for rigorous multidisciplinary academic study, and thus mirrors the experience you might have at a world-class university. You will co-create your Learning Journey from a palette of modules carefully designed by our faculty to develop your critical skills and expand your mind. Each student will choose 3 from 5 or more module offerings and these modules will emphasize our Latin American context. Through all of our modules you will develop your reading comprehension and sharpen your writing and thinking skills. Sample courses:

○ Applying Math & Science techniques to solve Latin America's problems
○ Learning from Latin American History and Literature to lead in the future
○ Understanding social justice & patterns of inequality in LatAm & globally

self leadership

Our self-leadership program aims to forge the values, habits, skills and
mindsets necessary for you to reach your full potential as a servant leader. The Self-Leadership Pillar centers on 5 modules:

○ Becoming an authentic leader

○ Explore Social and Emotional Learning
○ Take ownership of your own learning

○ Learn about Leadership Styles & Decision Making Strategies
○ Develop essential life skills

Entrepreneur-ship and Social Innovation

At the Academy, we prepare you for the world of work by connecting you to professional opportunities such as remote projects, on-site internships or research assignments. This component of the experience will not only help you develop valuable workplace skills, but will also help finance your education. Examples of courses under this pillar include:

○ Design Thinking
○ Theory of Change
○ Systems Thinking

○ Community Organizing
○ Lean Startup
○ Social Entrepreneurship
○ Communicating to Inspire
○ Project Management
○ Implementation Science
○ Impact Measurement


In our students, we look for potential, passion, and a desire to make a positive difference in the world. We look for students who are excited to embark on a journey of self-discovery and become the leaders of tomorrow.