Meet our 2018-2019 delegates: Vanessa Vardon, Samuel Greene, Luisa del Rosal and Steven Pacheco

Future Leaders Connect is a global network of emerging policy leaders from around the world. Selected young leaders travel to the UK for nine days of advanced policy and leadership development, in partnership with the University of Cambridge and the UK Houses of Parliament. Following the UK leadership seminars, leaders will have worldwide connections, a policy action plan for change and the skills, knowledge and networks needed to be an influential leader in their country and beyond. 

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Future Leaders Connect 2018-2019

On Monday 13 August, 2018, the British Council in the USA and American University hosted Policy Wonk Live!, a selection event to determine the four individuals who will represent the USA in the Future Leaders Connect 2018-2019 program. We were proud to announce Samuel Greene, Steven Pacheco, Luisa del Rosal and Vanessa Vardon as our delegates who represented the USA at our global Future Leaders Connect program training in the UK from 22-31 October. They participated in a series of policy and leadership workshops at the University of Cambridge, and a live discussion with The Elders

Future Leaders Connect 2017-2018

In 2017, the British Council in the USA selected four young leaders (Imani Jacqueline Brown, Sonia Guiñansaca, Juliana Ospina Cano and Tada Vargas) from the United States, with expertise in gentrification and immigration, and using the arts and education to inspire policy recommendations in the UK and the US. The British Council in the United States and Mexico joined efforts to organize a ‘Policy Incubator’ project to empower young people to develop alternative narratives as means to influence public migration policy. The Incubator participants included members of the first cohort of the Future Leaders Connect programme from Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. The Policy Incubator built on the knowledge and skills these leaders developed last year, and will accompany them on their journey to become agents of social change through concrete Social Action Projects (SAPs).

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