The Melton Foundation’s Global Citizenship Program provides structure about essential knowledge, skills, and values for global citizens, and to help systematically develop these characteristics in our Melton Fellows.
The program is designed around three core aspects of Global Citizenship:
Awareness of how our actions affect not only our own communities, but other communities around the globe;
The Melton Fellowship consists of an eight-month New Fellow Program and a two-year Junior Fellow Program, followed by a lifetime Senior Fellowship in a supported network. The program includes a local, on-campus component and a global, online component.
Through projects in intercultural teams, open conversations, collective reflections and shared resources, our fellows continuously develop and practice their abilities through experiential learning in a systemic, integrated and differentiated way.
We provide guidance, mentoring, workshops, trainings and a powerful network of Senior Fellows and partner organizations. We develop our projects together with our fellows, based on their needs, abilities and interests.
Immediately after their selection to the Melton Foundation, New Fellows join a training program designed to inspire them to start their changemaker journey, build their shared understanding of global issues, learn how to cooperate in virtual teams, form bonds and exchange knowledge across cultures, and embrace the values of Global Citizenship.
When Fellows join the Foundation at one of our six partner campuses, they go through an intense 7-month online training that culminates in a 4-day workshop, called New Fellows Orientation, where participants meet for the first time.
The online training includes introductory sessions, hands-on tasks and reflection sessions on topics such as Global Citizenship Values, Intercultural Communications, Communicating Ideas, Understanding Problems, Exploring the Complexity of Actions and Developing Solutions.
At the face-to-face orientation, they are enabled to approach bigger issues, to design solutions and test them in a team.
The two-year structured online learning program develops our fellows’ capacity to build awareness, take responsibility as they develop shared solutions and take action – big or small – to address today's global challenges.
Junior Fellows develop and implement small projects as a team, collaborating online over a period of 6 to 8 months. During this phase, they receive guidance and support as they explore what it means to work together in intercultural teams to design a tangible and meaningful project that can be implemented in a given timeline.
At the annual Global Citizenship Conference (GCC), all project teams present their work, review and assess their progress, and use the insights to improve the outcome and impact of their projects.
Our Senior Fellows range from recent college graduates to seasoned professionals and are spread around the globe. As global citizens, they bring about meaningful change in their spheres of influence.
We organize local trainings, conferences, workshops and exchange opportunities such as the Global Citizenship Conference, Deep Dive, New Fellows Orientation, or independently organized campus events. Based on their interests, ability and capacity, we also support our fellows to attend conferences, workshops and other activities together with our partner organizations and beyond.
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