Michael Johnson Young Leaders Foundation identifies and supports young people from across the globe who have overcome adversity through sport and are committed to a future of helping others, using sport as a catalyst for social change. The Young Leaders are carefully selected not only for their potential to develop sporting talent but their capability to lead, and a desire to contribute to their community. They all have shown promise in diverse ways and have all walked different paths of adversity- whether it be gender discrimination, domestic abuse, or poverty – and decided to act using their love for sport as their guide.
The third class of Young Leaders was selected earlier this year and made their way to North Texas for the third MJYL leadership development camp. This year, the leaders traveled to MJP from all over the world—Ivory Coast, Ireland, Tanzania, Columbia, Kenya, Palestine, Scotland and St. Lucia—for a week of learning, sharing, and preparing to return to their communities, anxious to implement the new skills, and utilize the systems of support they developed while in the United States.
Following the course in Dallas, the Young Leaders program will work with these individuals through a personalized 12-month plan, where they will receive state-of-the-art virtual sports training sessions designed by MJP, ongoing mentoring to continue their leadership development, and tangible support for their own goals and projects aimed at using sport to help their community. After the year-long engagement, the initiative will continue to support the Young Leaders as alumni of the program, providing them with network, profile, and tangible education and employment opportunities.
For more information about MJYL, visit: https://www.michaeljohnsonyoungleaders.org/