About Global Connections

The Global Connections Leadership and Innovation program is a program developed by the Youth Learning Institute (YLI) of Clemson University. YLI has created youth learning programs since 1935 and hosts thousands of young people every year at one of its learning sites. With decades of experience in youth programming and access to the resources and expertise of a large research university, Clemson YLI has the capacity and vision to offer robust and sustainable youth learning programs.

The Leadership and Innovation sessions take place on the main campus and in surrounding communities. Program housing is just a short drive from campus in Pickens, SC at the YLI Headquarters. All sessions are facilitated by Clemson faculty and staff, with the assistance of leaders and entrepreneurs from area businesses and organizations. For more information, please see our FAQ section.

Program Outcomes

The high-impact design of all Global Connections programs are based on solid academic research. A premium is placed on leadership development, career readiness, and cultural agility. After completing the program, the participants will display a/an:

  • Openness to new opportunities, ideas, and ways of thinking
  • Aptitude for thinking and problem solving collaboratively
  • Ability to analyze global and cultural interrelationships and interdependencies
  • Creative and innovative spirit in solving problems
  • Responsiveness to the needs of others
  • Commitment to the process of continuous learning and reflection