Operation Smile Student Programs is excited to announce that our International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) 2021 will be held virtually, via Zoom, from July 12-14!
After many discussions, assessments and research from our staff and Operation Smile’s “COVID task force”, we decided that a virtual conference would be the safest choice.
However, there will be the option for parents and adult supporters to safely hold “host” site gatherings for students in their local area. More information about opening a “host” site will be released shortly.
Thank you for all your patience and understanding as we work to make ISLC 2021 both a fun and safe conference! Please read below for all details about the virtual 2021 conference, including how to register.
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The Student Programs Team
Each year, Operation Smile hosts its International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) at a different university around the world, this year virtually. This annual conference helps high school students develop and strengthen their leadership skills and character, provides training on how to help those in developing countries, as well as exposes them to different cultures. Attendees will hear inspiring speakers share their insights on the topics of leadership, overcoming obstacles and what it means to make a difference; they’ll also meet like-minded people committed to making a difference in the lives of children with cleft lip and cleft palate.
Who: High School students with graduating class years of 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 and rising freshman, class of 2025 are invited to apply.
When: July 12-14 2021
Where: Virtually, via Zoom (link to be shared with registered participants at a later date). There will be the option for some students from Operation Smile clubs in their local area to gather at ‘host’ sites run by a parent or adult supporter. More details about these potential local gatherings to be released soon.
Times: Each day there will be 3 virtual sessions. All sessions will be recorded and available to registered participants and some sessions will be live streamed via Youtube for a wider audience. Below are likely session times, but please reserve flexibility as our team builds out the schedule with speakers, activities and more.
- 12-2 PM ET
- 3-5 PM ET
- 7-9 PM ET
- Likely Early morning sessions will be scheduled with Carlos Veron for those international participants in Asia/Europe/Africa
Registration Fee: $30 USD for all participants.
With a virtual 2021 conference and limited Team Leader and Assistant Team Leader spots, we will not be opening applications for these student positions.
Students will be selected for ISLC 2021 leadership roles based on merit and student involvement in any major projects (Sending Hope, Leadership Councils, etc.) over the past year. Operation Smile Student Programs staff will be responsible for selecting leaders.
If you are interested in a leadership role for ISLC 2021, please reach out to your Regional Associate with any questions.
Conference details, including the Zoom link, will be released to ISLC 2021 registrants at a later date.