The legacy of GLP belongs to all Scholars who have called the Global Leaders Program or IIT Boeing Scholars Academy home, and it belongs to the city of Chicago. GLP’s legacy – GLP’s essence –  is each and every one of you, and you have the opportunity now to share this experience and offer opportunities for growth to others. Everyone who has worked for the program or encountered our Scholars counts themselves privileged to have had this opportunity.

Throughout our team’s time leading the Global Leaders Program, we have sought to set a course for the program’s sustainability and longevity. We’ve determined that the best course of action is to create and share a clear plan for how GLP will have to change in the coming years. We have set a thoughtful, fiscally-responsible course that allows the program to achieve a full 10 years of existence and direct service. The planning process and resulting decisions have been weighty, and we know this stands to impact each of you deeply as well. This post contains a summary of the Program’s course of action through 2020, as well as a more detailed explanation of the plan’s rationale and implementation.

Good news first: GLP’s 2018 Summer Session is proceeding as planned, and promises to be one of our best experiences yet for Scholars – the team running the summer program is fantastic, and we’re excited to introduce them to you shortly. Other good news: for all 2019 and 2020 Scholars, we prioritized fulfilling all commitments made to you about your experience in the program. We’ll still have CI Projects in the 2018-2019 year, and both current groups of Scholars (rising juniors and seniors) will receive college access and advising services through GLP until they graduate from high school. Our 51 current seniors are matriculating to 33 great-fit institutions across the country, and we look forward to supporting our Scholars to similar success. The difficult parts of this plan are that we anticipate having a final, shortened GLP Summer Session in 2019, and we don’t plan on admitting a new cohort of Scholars in 2019 or 2020. By the end of 2020, GLP will conclude all current programming and official activities.

Details and Rationale for GLP’s plan through 2020

First and foremost, we’ve budgeted and planned so GLP can fulfill all promises and commitments to our current Scholars (including the newly-admitted sophomores, GLP’s class of 2020). In a tough financial climate, the Office of Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives has affirmed its commitment to keeping GLP running into 2020 and fulfilling promises made to current Scholars, partners, and supporters. By that time, GLP will have directly served over 500 juniors and seniors from across the Chicagoland area. Each year, GLP Scholars design and implement Community Innovation Projects, providing over 2,500 hours of service to youth and others in their communities. Over ten years, GLP staff and mentors will have invested 50,000+ hours to empowering students across Chicago, and the program will have provided undergraduate students with nearly 40,000 hours of paid work experience and structure opportunities to develop professional and leadership skills. GLP Scholars will have served their communities for over 25,000 hours. They will have developed agency and passions that prepare them for lifetimes of service and positive impact.

Here’s how GLP will fulfill its commitment to our Scholars through 2020:

  • Summer Session 2018 will continue as-planned (July 9th – July 27th), and we have a fabulous team of educators, alumni, undergraduate students, and volunteers to ensure all Scholars have an enjoyable and valuable 2018 Summer Session experience
  • June 2018 – Writing project to collect stories from Scholars and prepare to share GLP’s history
  • GLP during 2018 – 2019:
    • as usual, GLP’s rising-juniors will design and implement solutions to issues of their choosing through their Community Innovation Projects, with staff and mentor support
    • seniors (2019 graduating class) will get college access guidance and support from a new College Consultant, who will take on many of Charlie’s college access responsibilities
    • GLP does not plan on recruiting or admitting a new class of incoming Scholars during the 2018-2019 year
  • GLP 2019 – we anticipate having a final, shortened GLP Summer Session in 2019
  • GLP 2019 – 2020 – seniors (2020 graduating class, our recently-admitted current high school sophomores) will get college access guidance and support from the College Consultant throughout the year, in addition to connections and referrals to other Chicago-area college access organizations. By the end of 2020, GLP will conclude all its current programming and activities offered to high school students.
  • GLP 2021 and beyond – at the present time, we do not have plans to continue directly offering the Global Leaders Program after the 2020 academic year; we anticipate and support an annual alumni gathering of GLP Scholars.

Illinois Institute of Technology, the Boeing Corporation, the Brinson Foundation, the Monsanto Fund, and many private/individual supporters will have contributed over $3.5 million in donations and value to support the development and empowerment of Chicago’s next generation of leaders, and to specifically address the underrepresentation of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in STEM fields. The numbers shared here aim to give some context of the immense impact of the program and its supporters, but the positive returns on this investment are truly immeasurable.

Alumni – you are, and will always be, Global Leaders and/or IIT Boeing Scholars. The value of what you experienced, the lessons you learned, relationships you formed, and how you’ve grown – this should only increase and sweeten with time.

Current Scholars – you have such great experiences ahead of you, and a motivated team of people coming in this summer who already care about you and know you’re awesome.

To all Scholars – this is your program, this is your community. It belongs to you, and we as staff just steward it and help it grow. Join the Facebook group, connect on LinkedIn (join our Program’s Group), hangout in real-life (!) and continue to build and invest in relationships. We’re all colleagues now. Come to anyone connected to the program for advice, or in seeking a referral, reference, or other forms of professional development and assistance. And be prepared for me and others to come to you with similar requests!

To the GLP Families and Friends – we are forever grateful for the privilege and opportunity to spend time with the young people you’ve loved, raised, and equipped. Scholars join GLP at a pivotal time in their lives, and we see immense growth during and after their time in the Program. But none of that is possible without the tireless, lifelong support of the parents, guardians, grandparents, siblings, relatives, teachers, mentors, friends, mentors and community members who surround our Scholars and comprise the village that has raised our next generation of leaders.

The legacy of GLP belongs to all Scholars who have called the Global Leaders Program or IIT Boeing Scholars Academy home, and it belongs to the city of Chicago. GLP’s legacy – GLP’s essence –  is each and every one of you, and you have the opportunity now to share this experience and offer opportunities for growth to others. Everyone who has worked for the program or encountered our Scholars counts themselves privileged to have had this opportunity.

By 2020, GLP will proudly celebrate 10 years of investment, relationships, and direct service benefiting students across Chicagoland, through the creation and implementation of the Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program and IIT Boeing Scholars Academy. The resources, relationships, and innovative approaches developed during this tenure offer a transformational contribution to the City and educational practice in general. We encourage Scholars, partners, supporters, educators, and more to learn from our successes and build upon our opportunities for growth. Collectively, we can empower Chicago’s next generation of innovators and leaders.

 


GLP Scholars, family members and friends of the program with questions concerning the vision for the future of the Global Leaders Program beyond Summer 2018  are invited and welcomed to communicate with Gerald Doyle, Vice Provost of Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives & Career Services (doyle@iit.edu; 773-505-5473). One of the original architects of the Program, Vice Provost Doyle looks forward to guiding its continuing efforts in alignment with the mission and vision of SASDI and Illinois Tech. To learn more about ongoing K-12 STEM education initiatives at Illinois Tech, please visit https://alumni.iit.edu/k-12-stem-program.  To read more about the emerging Early Career Communities, an initiative inspired by the Global Leader Program, click here.

Global Leaders Program Plan Through 2020