Are you ready to join our Next Gen Global Leaders Network?

Applications for our 2024 class are open. Application deadline extended to January 4, 2024.

While some of our fellow citizens are uncertain about America’s role in the world, we are heartened to see a rising generation of young adults raising their voices – energized by a range of international issues from climate change to global health to hunger to the empowerment of women and girls.

Despite – and perhaps as a direct result of – this generation’s formative years shaped by never-ending wars and global anxiety, young Americans want to participate in impacting their future, and that includes America’s role in the world.

The USGLC is working to capture this energy by engaging, educating, and inspiring the next generation of leaders around America’s global development and diplomacy, critical tools in the foreign policy toolkit.


The USGLC builds upon its existing networks across the country to recruit a diverse, bipartisan group of up-and-comers for an exciting year-long leadership training, cultivation and engagement program. Each year, the USGLC’s network of next generation leaders multiplies with a new class, deepening the bench of prominent young voices across the country who support strategic investments in America’s development and diplomacy programs.

Participants interact directly with policymakers and opinion leaders, launching their advocacy education with a seat on a USGLC State Advisory Committee at the culmination of the program.


Next Gen Global Leaders Network Snapshot

A year-long training program, with virtual classes taught by internal and external subject experts. Topics will include federal budgeting, development policy, media and communications skills, and advocacy training.

Writing assignments that provide hands-on experience, such as drafting Op-Eds, LTEs, and blog posts.

Opportunities to hold speaking roles during the USGLC’s events, participate in advocacy meetings on Capitol Hill and locally, write Op-Eds for local papers, and leverage their social media platforms.

Complimentary attendance to the USGLC’s Global Impact Forum and State Leaders Capitol Hill Day.

Named to their State Advisory Committee upon completion of the full program.


The USGLC’s 2024 Global Impact Forum and State Leaders Capitol Hill Day will take place June 16-18, 2024 in Washington, D.C.

Next Gen Global Leaders will join state leaders from the USGLC’s bipartisan coalition—veterans, faith, and business leaders from across the country—to educate policymakers on the importance of development and diplomacy as key tools of America’s global leadership toolkit and have opportunities to share their unique insights as young leaders with members of Congress during the two-day experience.


The USGLC seeks a cadre of diverse, inspiring, and well-connected young professionals for the 2023 Next Gen Global Leaders Network class who meet the following criteria:

  • Suggested age range of 25 – 45 as of January 2024.
  • Resides in a state where the USGLC has an active presence, although exceptions may be made. Eligible states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin
  • Must complete the application, including nomination letters from two sources. A nomination letter from a USGLC State Advisory Committee Member or current Next Gen Global Leader is encouraged, but not mandatory.
  • Must be available to attend the USGLC’s Annual Global Impact Forum and State Leaders Capitol Hill Day, which is held in Washington, D.C. on June 16-18, 2024. Forum costs and associated travel expenses to be paid for by the USGLC.
  • Must demonstrate leadership capability and growth potential. (Ex. Holds a leadership role in a community, political or charitable organization.)
  • Additional considerations:
    • Diversity (race, gender, LGBTQ, political, geographic)
    • Entrepreneurial experience
    • Military service
    • Social media presence (ideal candidates will maintain a social media presence on a primary social media platform such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn)

Begin your Next Gen Global Leaders Network application now!


For further information about the USGLC’s Next Gen Global Leaders Network, please contact Program Director Emily French at [email protected].