PAAC Global Leadership Program


Started in 2015, PAAC’s eight-month Global Leadership Program develops youth leaders who are informed about global issues and empowered to contribute to a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world. The program combines training in leadership skills with hands-on, place-based, and interactive opportunities to learn about global issues, explore the impact of those issues on Hawaiʻi, and contribute to solutions.


The program consists of a four-day Leadership Camp over Fall Break, followed by monthly interactive Global Awareness Workshops on Saturdays, and leadership roles at PAAC's Global Vision Summits.  Throughout the program each participant will plan and execute a Global Action Project that addresses a global issue that matters most to them.

Learn more about the program goals and components in the 2017-2018 Global Leadership Program Information Packet and the 2016-2017 Workshop Summaries.


Applications for the 2018-2019 Global Leadership Program will be available August 2018. The program is open to sophomore, junior, and senior high school students statewide.  In total, 20  students with excellent academic merit, teacher recommendations, essays, and interest in international affairs will be selected.  For the past three years, the McInerny Foundation has provided scholarships to cover airfare costs for five neighor islands students.




Reflections from Past Participants 

"Finding a Leader Within Me," by Sidney Vermuelen

"A Budding Leader," by Janelle Mateo


“GLP has not only made me a better leader, but a better person.”


"Before starting this program I was a naive 16 year old, and now I am a naive 17 year old with even more curiosity about the world. If there is one thing I will take away about the world, it is that it is much, much, much, more complex than I could ever fathom... The actions and thoughts and words of a person living in the United States can impact an individual living half-way across the world. " 


“The Global Leadership Program has allowed me to recognize that though I am just one person, it is possible for me to make an impact on the world... I have become more worldly, confident, and committed person because of PAAC.”


“I’ve become more aware of my words, thoughts, and actions, and of the world we live in. GLP has encouraged me to read the news more, be more aware of my role as a global citizen, and to care about what happens in the world and what I can do to help.”


Mahalo Program Sponsors:

Atherton Family Foundation

F.I.S.H. Foundation 

City and County of Honolulu

McInerny Foundation