Once selected, each Young Leader works with an expert team to identify one of three tracks where they can have the most success, and where the foundation’s resources can be used best.
Once their track is identified, Michael Johnson Young Leaders are supported from the moment they are selected for years to come:
The program is structured so that each Young Leader receives support via a tailored path toward a positive future for themselves as well as the tools to give back to their community in a meaningful way.
Intensive week long training course in Dallas
Once selected, Michael Johnson Young Leaders spend a week at the Michael Johnson Performance Center in Dallas, Texas. With experts from around the globe overseeing the program, each Young Leader goes through a journey over the week that includes further developing the three key tracks of the program.
The Young Leaders form a tight bond so they can rely on each other in the future, develop their leadership skills, understand the opportunities for their future in sport, flesh out their project ideas, and further understand community engagement practices using sports.
By the end of the week, a yearlong plan of support has been mapped out for each Young Leader, putting a focus on one of the three key tracks.
YEAR OF SUPPORT
Each package is tailored, but the support is tangible and includes contributions and oversight from all expert partners involved, including:
Following the year of support, MJYLs can apply to become “Ambassadors”. Ambassadors have taken maximum advantage of the support package and have shown true strides toward their goal. They have a clear pathway of what further support would look like and a strong potential of getting there with the resources the Foundation can provide.
Ambassadors remain on their Sport, Leadership or Community Track and can be approved for additional tailored support and resources for two additional years. Currently, Michael Johnson is supporting FIVE Ambassadors who have succeeded in such endeavors.
MJYLs can become “Mentors” where they are trained to support incoming young leaders.
Support for Life
All Young Leaders, no matter how much support they get, become Alumni after the first year. Those who may not continue as Ambassadors or Mentors, still receive this ongoing support.