Boys' Leadership Worldwide

BLW: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Boys’ Leadership Worldwide (BLW)?

     The Eleanor Roosevelt Center Boys’ Leadership Worldwide (BLW) program is an international, ten-day summer leadership program for high school boys who demonstrate leadership potential in their schools and communities. Participants from across the world of various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds come together to acquire the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to exercise leadership rooted in the courage, compassion, and perseverance modeled by Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. BLW consists of interactive workshops, presentations, discussions, and other hands-on training in specific leadership skills, including public speaking and team building.


How will BLW benefit its participants?

     BLW will help participants:

  • Develop individual strengths and leadership
  • Learn skills and character needed to succeed in today’s world
  • Gain self confidence and acceptance
  • Develop an understanding and acceptance of other people, cultures and societies
  • Learn how to be a global citizen
  • Discover how to use their voice powerfully and effectively


Why does the ERVK now offer the Boys’ Leadership Worldwide program?

     For 20 years we have helped young women from around the world become socially responsible global leaders who developed a strong sense of self despite perceived obstacles. We believe it is imperative that we offer the same opportunities to boys, particularly since Mrs. Roosevelt was committed to the development of all youth as global citizens.


What kind of workshops does the program offer?

     There are workshops on subjects such as: Self Expression and Social Change; Public Speaking; Finding Your Passion and Purpose; Eleanor Roosevelt and Leadership; two all-day trips to NYC that include a visit to the US Mission, the United Nations, and site visits to various organizations and corporations.


What are the session dates for 2017?

Session I: July 6-15

Session II: July 20-29


What are the eligibility and selection criteria for BLW?

     Applicants must be in either the 9th or 10th grade in high school when submitting application. Boys are selected based on leadership potential, demonstrated or desired commitment to community service and social justice, level of maturity, and their academic and extra-curricular achievement.


What is the application process?

     The BLW 2017 application is available on our website: A printable PDF version of the application is also available on our website.

     Complete the application including the short-answer questions and essay. In order for the application to be considered, the applicant must also provide references. Please provide the names of the references in the application form AND request that they complete the separate online reference form. Please note that our online application does not have a ‘save and return’ feature. We strongly recommend that applicants compose their responses to the application questions in a separate document first, and paste them in after.

How many references are required?

     As part of the application process TWO reference forms and letters are required. One reference must be from a school representative, and the other should come from a community member who knows the applicant well.  Neither of the references can come from a relative. Reference forms can be submitted online or printed out and mailed with the application form.


What is the application deadline?

     April 14, 2017


Will the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill cover my travel expenses?

     Travel costs are paid by the participant.


What are the total costs for participation in BLW?

  • The program fee is $2,500.  We charge this fee against the full cost of approximately $3,300 for each participant. Upon acceptance to BLW, ALL participants must pay a non-refundable $200 deposit to hold their spot in the program, which is applied to the total program fee.
  • Applicable airfare and ground transportation costs to and from Hyde Park, NY at the start and finish of the program.
  • Spending money (for personal use)


Are scholarships available?

    We are committed to providing needs based or merit scholarships with reliance on funding from donors, foundations and corporations. We do our very best to support boys who are truly motivated to attend BLW. Please note that availability and amount of funding is based on the total number of requests and the amount funding at the time. Request for scholarship assistance does not impact acceptance into the program.

     A Scholarship Application can be found on our website.  Participants can apply using the online application or downloading the PDF printable version.


When will applicants be notified of acceptance into the program?

     Applicants will be notified by May 5th


Can participants arrive early?

     The earliest a participant can arrive is the day before the program starts.  There is an early arrival fee.


Is the $200.00 deposit refundable?

     Upon acceptance into the program, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required to hold the applicant’s spot in the program. This fee will not be refunded if the applicant withdraws before the program start date.


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