What is Paragon?

Paragon is a youth development program aimed at building a network of future leaders who will create sustainable solutions to address global challenges.

A group of 40 young leaders between the ages of 15 and 17 years old will be selected from across the globe to attend a 3-week residential program in Turkey: a crossroads of civilizations for thousands of years. During this time, fellows will have the opportunity to work with and learn from other students from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. Personalized coaching, experiential learning and group challenges will enable them to gain new perspectives, develop skills and build confidence in their leadership abilities.

The result?

A group of brilliant young people who will work together to better society for years to come.

Meet our team

Chris Bradford

Fred Swaniker

Veda Sunassee

Suzanne Hunter

Mpiwa Gwindi

Partner Organizations

Paragon is an initiative of the African Leadership Group, an ecosystem of institutions which share a common vision: transforming Africa by developing and connecting a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders.

African Leadership Academy

African Leadership Academy, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, seeks to transform Africa by developing young leaders who will work together to address Africa’s greatest challenges, achieve extraordinary social impact, and accelerate the continent’s growth trajectory.

African Leadership Academy has been selecting exceptional talent from across the African continent for the past 12 years and has had over 1,300 students from over 45 different African countries enroll in the flagship Diploma Program.

African Leadership University

African Leadership University aims to develop 3 million ethical and entrepreneurial leaders for Africa and the world by 2060. ALU is pioneering a fresh approach to higher education in the 21st century; offering accredited undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programmes in a unique and imaginative way.

By integrating students’ learning with the real world, empowering students to take ownership of their own learning, equipping each student to think entrepreneurially, and employing the most engaging and inspiring teaching methods, ALU is pioneering a new take on higher education and leadership development. ALU currently has campuses in Mauritius and Rwanda.

Global Leadership Adventures

Global Leadership Adventures presents a fresh, new approach to service-learning and discovery abroad for intellectually-curious and socially-oriented teenagers. Participants on Global Leadership Adventures programs explore historic and natural sites in different countries, learn the local culture, language, and history, and serve the community through meaningful volunteer efforts. GLA’s goal is to provide life-changing experiences that will cultivate a global perspective and open-mindedness in students that will ultimately inspire them to become great leaders and global thinkers and seek positive change in their own communities. Programs are offered in Africa, Asia, Latin America & Europe. experiencegla.com

Summer Springboard

Summer Springboard was founded to give college-bound teens a supportive environment where they can explore their personal and academic passions. Their innovative pre-college summer programs, offered at some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities, combine the benefits of an academically challenging summer experience with tools and frameworks for personal leadership development and self-discovery. Leveraging the years of success enjoyed by sister organizations, Global Leadership Adventures and Discover Corps, Summer Springboard aims to continue the tradition of providing unique and compelling summer experiences for college-bound teens as they look to grow, expand and impact their communities. summerspringboard.com

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