McCain Institute 2014 Next Generation Leaders Graduate, 2015 Class Begins Program

WASHINGTON (September 4, 2015) – On Thursday, September 3, The McCain Institute’s 2014 Next Generation Leaders (NGL) participated in a graduation ceremony marking their completion of the U.S. development portion of the program.

This year’s participants represent 12 countries and a variety of professional backgrounds, and have demonstrated a personal commitment to character-driven leadership already in their careers.


Mohammad Tarawneh, of Jordan, spent the last year as a 2014 NGL serving with the National Youth Leadership Council.

The key component of the NGL program is each individual’s Leadership Action Plan aimed at defining the tangible steps each will take to create positive change in his or her home communities. The 2014 NGLs focused on a variety of issues in their LAPs, such as human rights, youth leadership and freedom of speech.

Upon graduation, our 2014 participants will take their Leadership Action Plans home for implementation and stay connected to each other and The McCain Institute via the NGL Global Network, an online communications platform that serves NGLs and the Institute in communicating and advancing implementation of the Leadership Action Plans.

Mr. Tarawneh has specific plans to remain partnered with NYLC, promoting service-learning in his home country of Jordan and engaging that country’s large refugee population, particularly youth.

Sahana Mishra, a 2014 NGL, focuses on reducing economic and gender-based poverty in India. Ms. Mishra works in New Delhi at Pradan — an organization that enables poor rural families to live a life of dignity. Through her work at Pradan, Ms. Mishra will provide micro-finance opportunities to disadvantaged women and create a support network for the women that empowers them to provide for their own livelihood and gain control over their lives.

On September 12, The McCain Institute welcomes the 2015 class of Next Generation Leaders.

Following their first leadership training session in Washington, the group will disperse across the United States, taking up year-long professional development assignments at a variety of business, government and non-governmental organizations promoting causes such as education, gender-based violence prevention and sustainable development – from Cure Violence to the International Rescue Committee.

About the Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Program

The McCain Institute’s flagship program is the Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program, designed to identify, train, network and empower a diverse group of emerging, character-driven leaders from the United States and around the world. The NGL program offers up to 20 emerging global leaders one year of targeted professional and personal development—with a core focus on values, ethics and leadership—in order to create a capable and lasting global network of character-driven leaders who shape the world we will inhabit in the future. As the Institute links successive classes of leaders together, it creates a global network of advocates for common core values of security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity.

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