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Summer 2016 Leadership Academy

An Opportunity You Don’t Want to Miss

Come to the U.S. and develop your educational, cultural and social skills, and learn from inspiring leaders while experiencing life on an American college campus.

Why Participate?

  • Gain experience in entrepreneurial skills and shape your career
  • Improve your English skills
  • Make new friends
  • Learn to spot and capture opportunities with vision, resilience, and resourcefulness – qualities that are important for both school and your career
  • Have a chance to work on a team to develop and pitch your business idea
  • Work directly with people behind small and large businesses in the food, retail, communications, and marketing industries
  • Get expert guidance in creating a business/action plan, elevator pitches, and presentations
  • Learn about American culture and explore Maine by enjoying a minor-league baseball game, spend a day at the beach on the Atlantic Ocean, kayak one of Maine’s many lakes, rivers or the ocean, tour Portland Harbor and its gorgeous Casco Bay islands by ferry boat
  • Take a day trip to Boston, Massachusetts

BAFF offers this exciting scholarship as part of its mission to strengthen ties between the Baltic and United States and to invest in the development of young Baltic leaders and entrepreneurs. Scholarship recipients will complete an innovative experiential three-week curriculum provided by CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange through the Global Navigator High School Summer Program for Global Entrepreneurship.

This program will engage participants in the mindset, skills, and practices of successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders. All participants will create their own personal action plans and present them in a professional setting before implementing them upon return home. Participants will increase their self-confidence, improve communication skills, and practice leadership skills in informal and formal environments. Lectures and workshops will be held on the college campus, but there will also be fun sports and activities as well as relaxing down time to keep a good balance between fun and the professional environment of the course. At the conclusion of the program, participants will take a short tour of New York City and Washington, D.C. in order to complete their unforgettable American summer experience.

What you’ll receive:

  • A certificate of learning in global entrepreneurship
  • A final business presentation to share with your teachers at home
  • Gain membership into the BAFF Leadership Academy Alumni Association

The Leadership Academy Scholarship includes:

  • Room, board and travel while in the United States
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Travel health insurance while in the United States, provided by CIEE
  • An online pre-departure orientation course
  • An in-person orientation
  • Participation in the 3-week CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Program for Global Entrepreneurship
  • A five-day tour of New York and Washington, D.C. upon completion of the CIEE program

Scholarship Recipient and Parent Responsibilities:

  • Participant and one parent must attend pre-departure orientation in Riga
  • Cover ESTA (for Visa Waiver Program Travelers registering under ESTA)
  • Participant must have pocket money for 4-weeks (approximately $300)
  • Travel to and from Baltic departure airport

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