“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Questions You Might Be Asking
A: The Social Justice Experience is sponsored by Growing Leaders, an Atlanta-based non-profit started in 2003, by Dr. Tim Elmore. Our interest in providing this experience for student leaders is an extension of our vision: We imagine a world improved—even transformed—by millions of young influencers who solve problems and serve people in their communities.
A: We’ll conduct final interviews and notify students of their status by March 31, 2022.
A: The experience is intentionally designed for a small group of highly motivated student leaders. We expect the number to be 6-10.
A: This is a leadership learning experience focused on the complex issues of social justice. We’re looking for students committed to learning and motivated toward action. This is not a field trip. It’s an intense, immersive experience for serious-minded change-makers.
A: No, but we hope you do. Sharing this experience with another person will make it even more meaningful. Your friend will have to apply and demonstrate the same level of commitment to learning as you.
A: Roundtrip flight for you, a friend, and parent/guardian to Atlanta, ground transportation, hotel and entrance fees for all field trip experiences. Your only cost will be meals and souvenirs.
A: Yes. This is an immersive experience both in relating to the other participants, visiting the museums and reflecting on what you learn. We don’t want you to go in and out of focus or have to deal with driving home each evening.
A: Your primary role is to serve as a travel companion for the student and friend. You will be invited to participate in the field trip experiences but we will make sure the students have space to engage and process without your direct oversight while on the ground.
Note: Atlanta-based students will not be required to have a parent or guardian.
A: This will be a fully immersive experience that includes individual and small group reflection. Students will be challenged to consider how they can contribute to the cause of social justice and how they could be a force for good in mobilizing others. We’ll provide a certificate of participation that will be worth noting on your college application and resume.
A: Each student will have a video journal provided by Growing Leaders documenting the experience and key learning moments. A version of the video journal will be an effective tool to share with classmates (maybe your entire school) as part of the action plan you develop.