Summer Programs at Brandon Hall School’s Center for Global Youth Leadership

Distinguish yourself from the rest...

Founded in 2017 by Dean J. Fusto, the aim of the Center for Global Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurial Studies™ is to inspire middle and high school students to seek innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to challenges facing their local communities and global family. Through a rigorous, varied, and experiential curriculum students pursue their "passion projects" and entrepreneurial ideas with the guidance of experts from the corporate, non-profit, social service, and Consular sectors. The Center programs are never confined to the classroom, our students are immersed in both field work and our historic 24-acre campus, surrounded by the beautiful Chattahoochee River.

Our Summer Programs:

+ Global Youth Leadership in Action™

3 - Week Programs: June 14 - July 2, 2020; July 11 - July 30, 2020
Boarding Price: $3,500
Day Price: $2,000
The Center for Global Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurial Studies™ at Brandon Hall was founded in 2016. The aim of its many programs is to equip, ignite, and propel forward a new generation of innovative, purposeful, skillful, and collaborative global leaders.

Our unique student leaders work together in a cohort design that is problem-based, curiosity driven, and fully experiential. Through a rigorous and challenging daily schedule of classes, workshops, field studies, and special events, all of our global youth leaders are required to identify a societal or global issue that they want to actively endeavor to solve.

Students will connect with successful entrepreneurs and begin building the skills to bring their entrepreneurial ideas and passions to life.

Our Global Youth Leadership in Action™ program culminates in the GYLIA-19 International Conference, where student entrepreneurs will present their ideas on stage to an audience of local, national, and global participants.

Program selection process is highly competitive as we seek to find the most inspire and self-motivated youth applicants from around the globe.

Learn key leadership and entrepreneurial competencies, including:

  • Public speaking, empathy, and people skills
  • Research and development
  • Marketing and fundraising models
  • Pitch design and feedback
  • Growth mindset and habit development
  • Cultural and diversity skills
  • Leadership theories and assessments
  • Problem-solving skills

Our world-renowned youth leadership programs attract guest speakers and workship facilitators from around the globe. Past speakers include:

  • Consul General of Canada Nadia Theodore, Canada’s representative in the Southeastern United States, and has previously served in Ottawa as Chief of Staff and Executive Director to Canada’s Deputy Minister for International Trade.
  • Matt Murrie, Columbia University graduate, writer, professor, and TEDx Speaker who uses his experience teaching on three different continents, exploring the power of applying a “What if…” approach to situations.
  • Paul Schur, General Manager of Slalom Atlanta, works with Fortune 500 companies developing technology and strategies to grow their businesses.
  • Dr. Nyasha M. GuramatunhuCooper, a Leadership Studies scholar and educator who explores the connection between leadership, intercultural competence, and global leadership issues.
  • Jennifer Riis-Poulsen, Founder and CEO of Powerhouse Self-Defense, who approaches personal safety and empowerment by teaching mental and physical self-defense.
  • Sucheta Rawal, an award-winning food and travel writer, author, and philanthropist who works to raise awareness of global cultures through travel and community interaction.
  • Kendall Robinson, a teenage entrepreneur who founded Love Rolls, Inc. to provide toilet paper for the homeless and others in need, demonstrating how one person can have a tremendous impact.
  • Bob McCormick, a founder of Atlanta Institute for Diplomatic Leadership, which promotes peace through education.
  • Ruhi Rahman, who works with UNICEF USA as a Global Citizenship Fellow.
  • Dr. Hai Ho, Chairman of Millennial Leadership Academy, an Atlanta based multi-cultural, non-profit corporation designed for leadership development.

+ELL Global Village™

3 - Week Programs: June 14 - July 2, 2020; July 11 - July 30, 2020
Boarding Price: $3,500
Day Price: $2,000

Summer is a great time to improve your English! ELL Global Village™ welcomes students from around the world, and allows you to live and learn English in an experiential program. Students will be fully immersed in English speaking, reading, writing, and listening to help them hone their skills both inside and outside of the classroom.

Students will balance academic classroom study with daily cultural and educational experiences around the Atlanta area. ELL Global Village™ is an intensive program, which helps students refine their communication skills and prepares them for future success. In our residential hall, students typically board with peers from a different country than their own to broaden their global horizons.

Each student’s English level will be assessed, and he/she will be placed into a group accordingly. Native and non-native English speakers collaborate for a truly global experience. Our ELL instructor works with beginning English speakers, all the way up through advanced.

Brandon Hall School is proud to be ranked as one of the Top 25% of Private & Prep Schools in the U.S. according to Niche’s 2019 Best Schools in America rankings!

+Customized Group Programs

We invite you to collaborate with our team to create a program that meets your group’s goals and timetable, providing a rewarding experience for everyone.

Summer Program Testimonials

Let our families share with you what makes us special!

Our son Aaron had a wonderful opportunity to participate in the Brandon Hall School Global Youth Leadership Program. When he arrived, he was welcomed and everyone made him feel right at home. While he was there, he had a chance to be a boarder which allowed him to have a glimpse of the full Brandon Hall experience. He learned many things about service, leadership and communication skills, and he founded his own nonprofit organization. According to Aaron, “it was fun and inspirational.” He still talks about his experience in the leadership program. Aaron often makes references to  the things that he learned at Brandon Hall. He met many new friends while he was there; friends he still keeps in touch with even now. After attending the leadership program, we saw a great change in our son for the better. It was this wonderful experience that led to Aaron’s enrollment at Brandon Hall School this fall. We knew that we had “finally” found the perfect learning environment for our son, one that celebrates learning and embraces diversity. We are greatful for all that Brandon Hall School has to offer and we are excited to see what the school year brings.
— Darwin and Phyllis, Parents of Aaron, GYLIA ‘17 - Cohort 1
My nephew, Isaiah, was absolutely thrilled when he learned that his application had been accepted to attend your Global Youth Leadership in Action summer program. Now that he has returned home, I know that his time at Brandon Hall was the most valuable high school experience for him thus far. Isaiah was positively impacted by the vast array of speakers that shared their stories of how they overcame their adversities (Sucheta Rawal - Social Entrepreneurship), utilized their passions to launch their own business (Kendall Jackson with Love Rolls) and discussions around how each one found their individual efforts toward helping others. Isaiah returned home with a much more positive attitude and outlook on life and his future.

It has been amazing to watch Isaiah grow mentally, physically and emotionally. Brandon Hall’s Summer Program was able to provide a lasting impact on Isaiah directly, but also further reaching the relationships and communication within our family dynamic as well. He left as a ‘typical quiet teen’ and returned as a young man with a new passion to be engaging and a personal drive to do more and strive higher for himself and his involvement with others. He took personal pride in his summer presentation and impressed us all with his final presentation and dynamic business proposal/pitch. We were pleasantly surprised with each one of the student’s innovation and preparation.
— NeCall, Aunt of Isaiah, GYLIA ‘17 - Cohort 1
I wanted to tell you how impressed I was with all the presentations from the students in the Leadership Program.  They were all wonderful and innovative and I am so proud of all the students. I also wanted to express our thanks for letting Maheer go through the leadership program. He has learned so much and has grown tremendously! In addition to all the things he learned in the program, he has made lasting friendships. One of the aspects of your school that is so attractive and commendable is the diversity of students. This is so important for youth to experience. What Maheer has gained from this leadership program far exceeded my expectations, so I thank you all again. I look forward to collaborating with you again as we apply for high school admission in the fall.
— Salma, Parent of Maheer, GYLIA ‘17 - Cohort 1

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Are students required to arrive on a certain day, or can they come in early before the program begins?

Students and their families may arrive early; however, we do not pick up students from the airport unless we are transporting them to Brandon Hall on the date scheduled to arrive for the program. If a student arrives early, he/she will remain the responsibility of their parent or guardian until the beginning of the Brandon Hall program.

+ Are parents allowed to stay in the dorms?

No, parents are not allowed to stay in the dorm with students.

+Will my child be tech free at times during the program?

Yes, there will be tech free times.

+Will activities be offered on the weekends or are students on their own?

There will be trips, shopping, movies, sports and many fun activities for the students on the weekends.

+Will international students interact with American students?

Yes, international students will be interspersed with American students throughout the day and evenings to improve their English skills and learn about American culture.

+Does the school provide computers?

No, students in the Global Youth Leadership in Action™ program are required to provide their own computer.

+Is there a “graduation” ceremony?

Yes, the Global Youth Leadership™ in Action program will culminate in the annual GYLIA-19 International Conference, where the ELL Global Village™ students will also be honored. Each student will receive a Certificate of Completion at the ceremony. Parents and friends are invited to attend.

+Does the school provide linens and towels in the residential hall?

Yes, linens, towels, and pillows will be provided.

+Does the program price include transportation costs?

Transportation from the airport to Brandon Hall and the return trip from Brandon Hall to the airport, as well as scheduled program trips are included in the program cost. However, students are encouraged to bring extra spending money.

+What level of English is required of students to participate in the Summer Programs?

Students participating in the Global Youth Leadership in Action™ program proficient in English to be able to understand what is being said in class, so they can fully benefit from all program features. Beginner English students or students looking to enhance their English language skills should register for the ELL Global Village™.

+Are students allowed to take a taxi or Uber while at Brandon Hall?

No, students are not allowed to take a taxi or Uber to leave campus.

+Are students allowed to remain in the U.S. after the program ends to visit a relative?

This will be determined on an individual basis.

+What do students need to bring with them?

Atlanta is hot during the summer months. We advise bringing cool, comfortable clothes - shorts, t-shirts, sandals, tennis shoes, socks, undergarments, a light jacket or hoodie for air conditioned buildings, sunscreen, bug spray, computer, phone, chargers for each device, and extra spending money. Students should bring a credit card to be used in case of medical emergencies.

How to Apply

Applicants should begin by filling out the Summer Programs Application Following the application, students will be contacted to set up an interview.


Scholarship opportunities are available by submitting a BHS Global Youth Scholarship Application.

Who to Contact

For more information on Brandon Hall’s Summer Programs, please contact:

Justine McDonald, Summer Programs Director

770-394-8177 x211