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THE ACADEMY

"At the Academy, we

spoke our truth."

 
 
 
 
 

Our 3-month leadership Academy is a residential program in Medellín, Colombia that prepares young Latin Americans with the tools to unlock their academic, social-emotional, and leadership potential. The LALA Academy centers on three pillars: Leadership & Social Innovation, Academic Readiness, and Social-Emotional Growth.

 

Who should apply?

What we're looking for?

How we select

students?

Post-high-school students aged 16-20 who have attended a LALA Bootcamp or V-Camp and are passionate about creating positive change and impact

in their communities.

​Students with demonstrated leadership history seeking the tools and opportunity to impact their communities and

Latin America.

We review and select applicants using

four criteria: leadership potential,

sense of purpose, acts of service,

and values alignment.

 

THE THREE PILLARS OF THE ACADEMY

Leadership & Social

Innovation

The Academy curriculum centers on a core course called Leadership and Social Innovation (LASI). This course aims to provide students space to further explore their identity as leaders, work on projects that they care about, and build community with fellow scholars and faculty.

Academic Readiness

 

To prepare our scholars academically, The LALA Academy offers a focused selection of seminar courses based on exploring pressing Latin American matters from a range of academic fields. In the past, our course selection included courses like Latin American Literature, Data-Analytic Thinking, Re-shaping History, and Current Events.

 
 

Social-emotional

Growth

At LALA, we believe deeply in the power of understanding oneself and one's relation with others. To promote the development of both interpersonal as well as intrapersonal skills, The Academy offers a set of extracurricular features, giving students the opportunity to process their growth in a variety of environments.

 
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EXTRACURRICULAR FEATURES

 
 

Our goal is that students learn.

Even outside classes.

The Mentorship Program

Los estudiantes se toman el tiempo para compartir sobre sí mismos y escucharse unos a otros a fin de crear una rica comunidad de aprendizaje para los estudiantes y sus compañeros participantes.

The Internship Program

Los estudiantes se toman el tiempo para compartir sobre sí mismos y escucharse unos a otros a fin de crear una rica comunidad de aprendizaje para los estudiantes y sus compañeros participantes.

The Kitchen Lab

Los estudiantes se toman el tiempo para compartir sobre sí mismos y escucharse unos a otros a fin de crear una rica comunidad de aprendizaje para los estudiantes y sus compañeros participantes.

 
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RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM

 

Living Arrangements and 

Life in Medellin

Antonio, one of LALA’s core staff members, once described LALA as “a community that is dedicated to the idea of building community.” Fewer phrases have described our movement so aptly. At LALA we believe that community is everything, and one of the core components of building a rich one is learning to live together. The Academy provides students--and sometimes staff -- the opportunity to do just that. Students will live in shared apartments in Medellin’s El Poblado: a neighborhood famous for not only its safe and quiet nature but also its rich diversity, as it is home to much of the city’s foreign population. This population includes “implants” from other parts of Colombia, street performers, artists and vendors from places like Venezuela and Panama, immigrants from the U.S. and Europe, and much of LALA’s staff! Marked by grand mountainous backdrops and lusciously green streets, this neighborhood draws people from all walks of life, and from every imaginable corner of the world. 


In the past, students have interacted with the community in immensely creative ways, such as holding free Portuguese classes at a local community center, taking and contributing books to the local book exchange, attending community events and creative actions, and learning to salsa together to lively Colombian rhythms. Poblado offers a world of opportunities for engagement, and LALA staff work day and night to ensure the safety and security of our students in this vibrant neighborhood. 

 
 
 

PROGRAM COSTS AND AFFORDABILITY

 

$6,000 USD

$3,000 USD

$3,000 USD

-

=

ACADEMY FULL FEE

(Tuition, room, & board)

 
 

PARTICIPATION IN THE

VIRTUAL PRE-ACADEMY LEADERSHIP FELLOWSHIP

 

TOTAL FEES

To be paid

 

The cost of the Academy 2021 is $6,000 USD. This figure includes the cost of Academy and Fellowship tuition, room & board, all meals and snacks, healthcare and security measures, as well as a weekly allowance for each student. For more information about the weekly allowance, please see the For Parents and Caretakers section. Students who participate in full in the virtual Pre-Academy-Leadership Fellowship, from September 2020-August 2021, will receive a scholarship of $3,000 USD toward their Academy fee. Additionally, the virtual Pre-Academy Leadership Fellowship includes a detailed, team-focused fundraising plan and the opportunity to apply to additional merit-based scholarships. We know that $6,000 USD might look intimidating, but we are determined to approach the program costs as a team, attacking this challenge with a community-focused mindset so that the burden does not fall on students or their families alone. 


Let us support you in unlocking these funds, using our collective resources and networks. We are determined to secure a spot for everyone who wants one, and we are committed to growing our organizational capacity to do this.

SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Pre-Academy Leadership

Fellowship

 

The Pre-Academy Leadership Fellowship is a virtual afterschool program that aims to support students in preparing themselves emotionally, academically, and financially for the in-person Academy in Medellin. Students who participate in the Fellowship and successfully complete it will be offered an automatic $3,000 USD scholarship to their Academy Fees. It is a virtual program that features three key components: the Internship Program, the Mentorship Program, and Fundraising 101.

 
 
More on the Pre-Academy Leadership Fellowship
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PERGUNTAS FREQUENTES

Existe um limite de idade para os alunos da Academia?


A maioria dos alunos da Academia admitidos na LALA tem entre 16 e 22 anos. Convidamos qualquer aluno que acredite que a LALA é a escolha certa paara sua jornada a frequentarem a Academia, portanto, estamos dispostos a fazer algumas exceções caso a caso. Contudo, exigimos que você esteja livre de outros compromissos e possa participar de todo o programa residencial.




Eu ouvi algumas pessoas chamarem a Academia de "programa pré-universitário". E se eu não planejar fazer faculdade depois da Academia?


Sem problema algum! Percebemos que termos como "ano sabático" ou "pré-faculdade" podem ter confundido alguns candidatos interessados no passado, então, mudamos nossa abordagem. Alguns alunos vêm para a Academia entre o ensino médio e a faculdade, outros ainda estão no ensino médio, outros já estão cursando a universidade e alguns nem planejam ir para a universidade! Se você é um jovem líder em busca de mais liderança, desenvolvimento acadêmico e socioemocional, queremos você aqui, independentemente das especificações de seus próximos passos.




Em que idioma a Academia será conduzida?


Todos os cursos e atividades da Academia serão ministrados em inglês. Isso é para que nossos alunos e funcionários, que vêm de toda a América Latina e falam muitas línguas nativas diferentes, possam se comunicar uns com os outros. Também entendemos a relevância global do idioma inglês e queremos apoiá-lo no desenvolvimento do seu idioma para que você possa continuar a aproveitar os recursos globais, tanto dentro quanto fora da América Latina. Dito isso, não seria a LALA se não fosse multilíngue! Todos os idiomas são bem-vindos e incentivamos os alunos e funcionários a aprenderem uns com os outros. No passado, tivemos alunos organizando e convidando funcionários para as aulas de português que eles ministravam aos habitantes locais, alunos paraguaios ensinando a seus colegas o significado de "rohaihú" e alunos brasileiros sediando debates muito importantes de como traduzir corretamente a palavra "cookie" para o português.




Por que a Academia parece tão cara?


Entendemos que a taxa pode parecer alta à primeira vista, mas ela cobre toda a sua estadia em Medellín e todas as atividades que a acompanham. Assim que chegar, não se espera que você precise de dinheiro adicional para nada relacionado à Academia. Para referência, outros programas de enriquecimento de calibre semelhante cobram dos alunos até US$4.000 por duas semanas de programação. A LALA trabalha muito para garantir que a Academia seja acessível para você e sua família. Acredite em nós quando dizemos que estamos comprometidos em acompanhar você conforme você arrecada os fundos.




Tenho interesse, mas quero saber mais detalhes. Com quem posso falar?


Estamos ansiosos para conhecer-te ainda melhor por meio deste processo de inscrição! Fique à vontade para conversar com o Marcelo sobre suas dúvidas. Se não for urgente, você também pode enviar suas perguntas por e-mail para Academy@somoslala.org.





FROM OUR COMMUNITY

 

What our students are saying

 

Sofia Amaral (BLB4 & A'20)

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

"This experience completely changed my life. I could learn not only about self-knowledge but also about what it means to be a Latina. Also, I connected with the most amazing young leaders of Latin America (that now I call best friends). The Academy is why I still dream with a better word to live."

"These past years, I have learned that the combination of knowing my interests, having autonomy on my education, and having a community that could support me was a revolutionary way of experiencing education. The Academy gave me all three of them."

Ernesto Nam (BLB9 & A'20)

Ciudad del Este, Paraguay