Friday, August 8, 2014

9/5: Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows Application Deadline


Are you an American that has studied or lived in China and are back in the 
United States after an unforgettable experience abroad?

Project Pengyou is currently recruiting passionate alumni of China study and 
exchange programs to build and strengthen our robust grassroots network of 
community chapters across the nation. Leadership Fellows will receive an 
exclusive opportunity to participate in a four-day Leadership Training Summit 
at Harvard University on October 10-13, 2014. 

Join a groundbreaking nationwide network of next generation leaders 
promoting Mandarin study and constructive exchanges with China.
Apply by Sept. 5 at 6:00 PM at

-  Receive an exclusive invitation to a four-day Project Pengyou Leadership
-  Training Summit at Harvard University from October 10 – October 13, 2014*
- Gain unique hands-on training in cross-cultural leadership and community-
organizing methods, and learn strategic skills to mobilize people and 
resources as part of a national grassroots campaign
- Connect with other motivated like-minded Americans with firsthand China 
experience from all across the country
- Meet government, business and civic leaders deeply experienced in US-China 
cooperation, with ongoing access to new opportunities for valuable 
connections, leadership skills and resume-building experiences
- Gain the opportunity to serve as the founder or leader of a Project Pengyou 
Chapter at your university or institution, and be a pioneer of China exchange, 
knowledge and action in your community

* Lodging in Cambridge, breakfast and lunch, and summit costs will be 
covered by Golden Bridges Foundation / Project Pengyou. Participants will 
need to find their own way to Cambridge, MA and cover for their own dinner.

Thank you so much for this tremendous opportunity. It has been life 
changing. You have helped us all to grow and become better leaders and 
ambassadors. I go home to help more underprivileged and underrepresented 
groups learn about China. Thank you for allowing me to “sit at the table” and 
provide my voice and share my story and hear others. Thanks again!!

- Russell B., Leadership Fellow-Saint Augustine's University

I cannot begin to express how truly grateful I am to have been selected to 
attend this summit. I have learned so much from not only coaches and 
community organizing lessons, but also from the remarkable fellows here. I 
have been filled with such passion and excitement for US-China relations and 
cannot wait to begin my Project Pengyou chapter at UVA to share this with me 
peers. Thank you for sharing your courage and motivation with me, and I hope 
to model that as I push to improve Chinese cultural awareness in my own life 
and these those that I meet. I look forward to continuing to work with you!

- Alicia U., Leadership Fellow-University of Virginia

Thank you so much for all of your efforts to launch Project Pengyou and bring 
other fellows out here to change our lives and give us the tools and training to 
change the world. This is an amazing experience and opportunity. I hope we 
can all work to make your dream, my dream, our dream come true!

- Annabel V, Leadership Fellow-Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Americans who have studied or worked abroad in China and are available to 
participate in the entirety of the leadership summit at Harvard University from 
October 10-13, 2014. (Fellows should arrive on the evening of October 9th. We 
will begin at 8AM on October 10th).

Highly committed individuals with enthusiasm for Project Pengyou’s mission to 
promote constructive China exchange.

Current students of a university, community college or high school (graduate 
students also eligible)

Candidates should be able to demonstrate high potential for leadership, public 
speaking, and event coordination responsibilities

Currently, forty fellows have already been trained across the nation. If your 
school does not already have a leadership fellow and has not started a Project 
Pengyou chapter, at least two candidates from your school must apply to be 
considered. Candidates must be prepared to partner with other leadership 
fellow(s) from their school to lead and mobilize their school’s Project Pengyou 


At the Leadership Training Summit at Harvard University, Leadership Fellows 
will spend four days of active learning covering the topics of leadership, 
organizing, action and U.S.-China bridge building.

Leadership, Organizing and Action

Derived from material developed by Harvard Professor Marshall Ganz, the 
curriculum teaches leadership as accepting responsibility to enable others to 
achieve shared purpose in the face of uncertainty. This program will explore 
how leadership is exercised through the mastery of five practices, including:

- Public Narratives
- Building Relationships
- Structuring Leadership Teams
- Strategizing
- Leading Action
- US-China Bridge-building

Leadership Fellows will also explore the challenges and importance of US-
China people-to-people exchange with their peers and prominent experts in 
the field.

Fellows will be immediately tasked to apply these practices in the real world 
by organizing a Project Pengyou Chapter at their school, beginning with an 
event on “Pengyou Day” November 20, 2014.

September 5, 2014 6:00 PM EST : Fellows application deadline
September 8, 2014 6:00 PM EST : Semifinalists announced and invited for 
Round 2 (including a video submission)
September 11, 2014 6:00 PM EST : Round 2 deadline
September 18, 2014 : Fall 2014 Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows 
October 10-13 : Leadership Training Summit held at Harvard University