Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS), part of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, one of the top 10 ranking universities in the U.S. and among the eight most prestigious Ivy League schools, is launching an innovative summer program called the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy for high school students from India and other countries.
A part of the global Knowledge@Wharton Network of online journals, KWHS is a portal that promotes finance, entrepreneurship, leadership and business skills among high school students and educators around the world through content and competitions.
The two-week intensive summer academic program will be held in May and June 2015. High school students aged 15-18 years from across India, South Asia and other countries are eligible to apply through BrainGain Magazine, a study abroad portal that is collaborating with KWHS on this program.
The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy draws content selected from more than 400 lesson plans. It is crafted for high school students who want to learn more about financial literacy, leadership and entrepreneurship. Conducted in Philadelphia, the program will focus on topics such as economics, finance, entrepreneurship, leadership, social studies, goal setting and U.S. college admissions.
It also includes guest lectures from educators and business executives as well as team-building sports, games and competitions. The students will also get a chance to be part of a live community service project and will receive a certificate to recognize their volunteer hours.
The course also includes guided tours to historic places of interest in Philadelphia, New York City and Washington D.C. such as the Penn campus, Liberty Bell, Independence House, Wall Street, White House, Empire State Building, Lincoln Memorial, Times Square, Fifth Avenue and various museums.
As budding entrepreneurs in a globally interconnected economy, the students will also be introduced to international cuisine.
"K@W was set up to help share Wharton's goldmine of intellectual capital with the widest possible audience. We recently celebrated our 15th anniversary this year with more than 3 million users worldwide. As the world's first collegiate business school having the largest and one of the most published business school faculty, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for its intellectual leadership, ongoing innovation in business education, and creating economic and social value around the world," said Mukul Pandya, Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of Knowledge@Wharton Network.
"India has been a key geography for us and we have been successfully running the India section of Knowledge@Wharton since 2006. The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy promises to give school students ahead start on growing into leaders of tomorrow," he added.
Harjiv Singh, the founder and publisher of BrainGain Magazine, said BrainGain Magazine helps students and their parents make better choices to study abroad through vast information on admissions, financing, locations, campus life, scholarships, job prospects, socio-cultural environments, safety and visa issues.
"The University of Pennsylvania has produced the maximum number of billionaire undergraduate alumni globally, and we are excited to bring to India this great opportunity for high school students to participate in the Global Young Leaders Academy," said Singh.
"This program also prepares students on American history and politics, education admissions and application process, career planning, goal-setting, speech crafting, persuasion, and influence, and social responsibility, while keeping them engaged through fun competitions, sports and field excursions," he added.
The topics to be covered during the Global Young Leaders Academy include leadership, economics and finance, international business, entrepreneurship, interpersonal skills for the 21st century and American history and politics.
Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education.
The school has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and a powerful alumni network of 92,000 graduates.
Applications for the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy can be submitted online on http://wharton.braingainmag.com. Submissions must be received by January 31, 2015.