Young World Leaders
For Middle School Students


4-week Session: July 8, 2018 – August 4, 2018

3-week Session: July 15, 2018 – August 4, 2018

Junior Young World Leaders (Jr. YWL) offers international middle school students advancement in cultural and language immersion, leadership skill development, and academic preparedness. Students learn about different cultures and practice English language skills in real-world interactions and daily and weekly cultural trips that promote teamwork and cultural understanding. It’s also a lot of fun—ask any of our Junior YWL alumni from around the world!

The 4-8 week program enables middle school aged students from many different countries spend a summer learning first-hand about the American academic and cultural experience while also developing the skills necessary to become young world leaders. Junior YWL students will be housed on campus at the Sandy Spring Friends School, a co-educational private school on 140 acres, residing minutes away from the United States capital.

Each Young World Leaders program is designed to give students a safe and enriching environment for students to grow as global leaders. Daily life in the program is structured around:

Cultural Activities

College and Leadership Preparation

English-language Practice

To find out more about what a day in the life of a YWL student looks like, view a sample schedule here.

For more information about the wealth of options available to YWL students, discover more here.


Tour museums, visit landmarks, and discover new sights while exploring New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.

Make lifelong friends from all over the world while participating in cultural activities like cooking and sharing meals from students’ respective home countries, seeing a professional American baseball game, taking a martial arts lesson, and so much more!

English Language Program (ESL) participants develop confidence in speaking and interacting through engaging with native speakers in many different cultural, educational and social situations

Get an “insider’s guide” to American culture with American staff

Make lifelong friends from all over the world


The US immersion opportunity of a lifetime awaits. Learn more today!

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