Allendale Columbia School’s Center for Global Engagement, in partnership with Rochester Global Connections, offers the Summer Global Leadership Program designed for young people in Rochester interested in learning about and engaging in global issues. Students participate in a 2-week, all-day program where they work, eat, and play with highly-selected youth who are part of the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP). Together the students receive training and engage in hands-on projects that explore leadership skills, civic education, diversity and inclusion, human rights, and peace building. Through cross-cultural collaboration, this program provides all participants with a life-changing experience to help make an impact both locally and globally.


Sample Schedule

  • August 12th: Arrivals
    • Welcome Pizza Party for IYLEP students, host families, and American students
  • August 13th: Introductions
    • Orientation
    • Workshop: Building Effective Cross-Cultural Relationships, presented by the National Coalition Building Institute
    • Introduction to Peacebuilding and Community Resilience
    • City of Rochester Tour
  • August 14th: Community Resilience
    • Panel Discussion with youth activists about Anti-Semitism, Anti-Black Racism, and Islamophobia
    • Skill Building
    • Workshop: Center for Teen Empowerment
  • August 15th: Peace Building
  • August 16th: Interfaith Dialogue
  • August 17th: Hospitality
  • August 18th: Hospitality
  • August 19th: Community Service
    • Mid-Program Debrief
    • Skill Building
    • Service Project: FoodLink
  • August 20th: Gender & LGBTQ Rights
    • Panel: Out Alliance
    • Your of Susan B. Anthony House
    • Service Project: Mt. Hope Cemetery
    • Group Project Work
  • August 21st: Mindfulness
    • Panel: ROC 2 Change Participants
    • Site Visit: Yoga 4 a Good Hood
    • Complete Group Project Work
  • August 22nd: Program Showcase
  • August 23rd: Cultural Excursion
    • Niagara Falls State Park
  • August 24th: Hospitality
  • August 25th: Farewell Dinner with Host Families
  • August 26th: Departures


Host Families Needed

The AC Center for Global Engagement and Rochester Global Connections are always looking for host families for two weeks in August! We will have Iraqi students on the AC campus to work with students on leadership and civic engagement. These Iraqi teenagers have been selected by World Vision and the US Department of State as being the most promising future leaders of their country. They will be in the Leadership Academy weekdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and our wish is that during the evenings and weekends the host student gains an authentic cultural experience by participating in family activities. While this is a volunteer experience, it is an extremely enriching multi-cultural opportunity for both your family and the host student and creates a life-long friendship.

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The AC Center for Global Engagement at Allendale Columbia is committed to growing and fostering partnerships around the world, exposing students to global opportunities and multicultural perspectives in preparation for college and the global workforce, and creating a culture of global responsibility that allows students to make a positive and lasting impact on the world they will inherit.




Rochester Global Connections offers comprehensive programs for the Greater Rochester community to engage with international students and international visitors. Our programs build bridges across cultures, foster dialogue, and promote global understanding. We are dedicated to enriching people’s lives through cultural exchange and creating an inclusive, global community.


Learn More About the Center for Global Engagement


AC Center for Global Engagement Director

Daouda Camara

Daouda Camara

Daouda Camara teaches French and is the Director of Global Engagement at AC. Prior to joining AC in February of 2020, Daouda worked at BuildOn in Senegal as a Trek Manager where he trained, monitored and evaluated the host country trek team, arranged trips, and built schools committed to gender equality. He has been teaching French since 1986 in various locations, including California and Illinois, and he has served as trainer and cross cultural guide in the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal, Niger, Nigeria, and Mali. Daouda graduated with his baccalaureate from Lycèe Charles de Gaulle in Senegal and continued his university studies at the Universitè de Dakar. He also has a certificate in Educational Administration and Management from Ecole Normale Superieure, Senegal and a certificate in Adult Education from Accord Paris Ecole de Langues, France.