The Foundation

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now"

-African Proverb


A Leadership Journey provides youth of color ages 13-18 from marginalized identities equitable access to international & domestic cultural exploration through travel, utilizing travel as the vehicle to discuss the importance of Mental & Emotional wellness Global Citizenship, Self-awareness, Leadership, and Ubuntu.

A Leadership Journey was started because youth from marginalized identities do not always have equitable access to international or domestic travel. To fill this void, we started A Leadership Journey to create a platform that would provide equitable access to international and domestic travel. 


Why Equity- because financial disparities hinder youth from marginalized identities from being to afford the expensive cost for travel opportunities.


Why Access- because youth from marginalized identities don’t always have access to travel because they don’t have the financial resources and or the opportunity isn’t local.

Why Mental and emotional health health- because whether ptsd or personal or environmental stress, youth from marginalized identities experience high amount of stress which impacts how they see themselves, feel about themselves, see their opportunities, and feel about their opportunities.




International travel gives you a cultural perspective that is different from the cultural exchanges you can get in the United States. International travel allows you see the world in a broader lens, it allows you to learn the differences and similarities in politics, government, education, housing, civic engagement, art, and other cultural structures that can be very academic. Young people who participate in international travel gain an academic experience that you cannot get in the United States.




Our goal is to collaborate with youth programs across the United States that would be willing to participate in cultural exchange activities. By working with other programs, in other states, our goal is to bridge the cultural gap between what young people know, and what's really going on in other communities, to create a stronger understanding on how connected we are, thus creating a stronger community of youth leaders across borders.


  • Always Speak Your Truth 

  • Embrace A Growth Mindset 

  • Self-Confidence 

  • Ask for clarity, question to understand

  • Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

  • Be an Active Learner 

  • Have options

  • Equity

  • Access

  • Mental Health

  • Education

  • Integrity

  • Inclusivity

  • Diversity

Our 5 Pillars 


"Ubuntu" is an African Proverb that means "My humanity is tied to yours". We educate the youth on how important it is to see others as themselves. Youth are encouraged to practice this principle in and outside of the classroom. The more Youth are able to see themselves as others, the more prepared they are to live/serve in diverse settings.


By participating in A Leadership Journey, youth will be asked to lead and participate in cultural exchange activities. These activities build on their personal and professional development. 


This value is important because we challenge the youth to become more in-tune with their feelings and emotions. Youth are empowered to feel more confident and comfortable expressing themselves, owning their voice, and embracing their personal stories.

Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship is the idea of all persons having rights and civic responsibilities that come with being a member of the world, with whole-world philosophy and sensibilities, rather than as a citizen of a particular nation or place.

Mental & Emotional Wellness

We prioritize mental and emotional wellness because we want the youth to understands why it is important to take care of themselves. By implementing healthier self love/self care practices, youth decrease their stress levels & maintain their joy. 

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