Dwight Global Leader Recognized by Congress

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Dwight Global Leaders Academy graduate Nielsen Dias received the Congressional Medal for Service by Congressman Steve Stivers for his commitment to volunteerism. The Dwight Global Leaders Academy, based at Dwight International School, Vancouver Island, trains service-oriented young people to use their talents and abilities to make a difference in the world.

Dwight Global Leadership Academy graduate Nielsen Dias receives Congressional Medal for Service from Congressman Steve Stivers.

Dwight Global Leadership Academy graduate Nielsen Dias receives Congressional Medal for Service from Congressman Steve Stivers.

"Nielsen is a fantastic example of how the Dwight Global Leaders Academy teaches young people skills that they then take back into the world," said Graham Brown, President of the Academy.

The Dwight Global Leaders Academy (http://www.dwightleadershipacademy.org), a unique leadership-building program developed as part of the Dwight Family of Schools, is proud to announce that Dwight Global Leader Nielsen Dias was awarded two Congressional Medals in recognition for his commitment to volunteerism. The award recognizes service, initiative and achievements of young people ages 14 to 23 and is presented through the Congressional Award Foundation, a public-private partnership, in four program areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration.

Nielsen, 19, is a graduate of the Dwight Global leaders program. Presenting Nielsen with this honor was U.S. Congressman Steve Stivers, who was able to meet with the young service leader in person.

“Nielsen is a fantastic example of how the Dwight Global Leaders Academy teaches young people skills and values that they then take back into the world,” said Graham Brown, President of the Dwight Global Leaders Academy. “We’re fortunate to have had many young people like Neilsen go through the academy and it’s a source of tremendous pride when we see the great work they’re doing, and the fact that they’re getting recognized for that work.”

This past summer, Nielsen attended the Dwight Global Leaders Academy at the Dwight International School in Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, Canada. The Dwight Global Leaders Academy is a two week intensive program that trains young people to identify their unique talents, or “spark of genius” and develop a plan to leverage their abilities to help make the world a better place. As part of the program, participants conceptualize, develop and implement their own charitable programs. Graduates of the academy go on to attend some of the most prestigious universities in the world, including Stanford, Harvard, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of British Columbia, MIT, Yale and Edinburgh.

Nielsen received a scholarship to attend the program by the Alcoa Foundation, whose mission is to build innovative partnerships with groups to educate tomorrow's leaders in areas of service and sustainability.

"Above all else I would like to thank Alcoa for even giving me the opportunity to attend such a prestigious academy,” Nielsen said. “The Dwight Global Leaders Academy gave me the extra confidence and skill set to go out and achieve my goals of changing the world little by little. The countless experiences I learned at the academy will stay with me for the rest of my life and will serve as my guides towards my future."

A longtime volunteer in his hometown of Miami, Florida, Nielsen has worked for the Ronald McDonald House, Cyder Reading for the Blind and Starbucks Youth Philanthropy Committee. Nielsen is currently a "Fisher Cares" volunteer and a "Scholars for Service" award recipient. He tutors students at the Windsor School, serves meals to homeless at Holy Family Soup Kitchen and he packages food at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank for distribution.

About the Dwight Global Leaders Academy
The Dwight Global Leaders Academy is a partnership between the Institute for Civic Leadership and the Dwight Family of Schools (http://www.dwight.edu), a worldwide network of educational organizations committed to global vision, community service and personalized learning, with campuses and programs in New York, USA; London, UK; Vancouver Island, Canada; and Seoul, Korea. The Academy was created to inspire and educate the next generation of global student leaders to take positive action in their local and global communities. The DGLA provides students critical leadership skills so that every young leader can plan, execute and promote their own unique service project and, in the process gain, critical life skills essential for university admittance and beyond.

For more information about the Dwight Global Leadership Academy, or to apply for summer 2012, visit http://dwightleadershipacademy.org/apply.

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