The Train the Trainer initiative provides Next Generation Leaders (NGLs) with a tailored training toolkit that increases the impact of their Leadership Action Plans and promotes character-driven leadership on an even larger scale. NGLs are officially trained in leadership by the McCain Institute and are certified and equipped as McCain Institute trainers. Each year, NGLs are encouraged to train a minimum of 100 people in character-driven leadership.
To aid NGLs in their leadership training work, the Institute provides them with a Train the Trainer toolkit. This toolkit condenses the knowledge NGLs acquire over the course of their year in the U.S. about values, ethics, and character-driven leadership into various certification levels, ranging from Basic to Advanced and determined by the length of the training. NGLs adapt elements of the Train the Trainer toolkit to fit their particular national environments and cultural settings. The McCain Institute provides branding and promotional materials while the NGLs garner local partnerships and support to deliver the training content.
Through the Train the Trainer Program, NGLs engage inspiring leaders on every continent, save Antarctica. They document their training efforts and share best practices across the NGL Global Network. Through this initiative, the McCain Institute aims to further strengthen our core leadership development mission to close the global character-driven leadership gap.
The critical values shared by each NGL are sustained and multiplied many times over through the McCain Institute’s Train the Trainer initiative which scales the critical mass of individuals across the globe trained by our NGLs in the Institute’s philosophy of character-driven leadership.encouraged
This program tasks each NGL with training 100 people annually in character-driven leadership using a customized digital toolkit provided by the Institute. The Train the Trainer toolkit condenses the developmental modules in values, ethics and character-driven leadership that the NGLs receive over the course of the program into an adaptable format which they use to teach Institute values and build capacity on a local level.
Thus far, more than 5,100 people have been trained across the globe; NGLs in Albania, Mongolia, Jordan and Kyrgyzstan have had particular success with customizing and executing these trainings.
During the Pandemic
Despite the pandemic’s disruption on all educational activities, the NGLs’ Train the Trainer work continues. Since the inception of the Train the Trainer initiative in 2018, NGLs have used the Institute’s toolkit to train 6,807 people across the globe in the principles of character-driven leadership. Many NGLs successfully pivoted to online training in 2020 or found creative ways to deliver safe, socially distant in-person trainings.
- Dael Dervishi (Albania, 2017 cohort) launched a virtual learning platform of online leadership training modules in Albanian, through which Albanians can obtain a self-paced leadership certificate. He also graduated his fourth class of young Albanian leadership fellows.
- Judge Jerlie Requerme (The Philippines, 2020 cohort) conducted a training on character-driven leadership to over 500 educators in her region of Mindanao to support them in their leadership efforts to transition to online learning.
- Upon his return home in fall 2020, Zaw Tu Hkawng (Myanmar, 2020 cohort) completed his first session at his training outpost, graduating 100 student leaders, most of whom gathered in a classroom and received their training via a single smart phone.
- Modou Sowe (The Gambia, 2020 cohort) and Nathalie Mondesir (Haiti, 2018 cohort) conducting international Train the Trainer sessions, both in person and online, training a total of 40 and 82 people, respectively.
- Ljubomir Filipovic (Montenegro, 2019 cohort) launched virtual “Leadership Talks” series, through which he hosts two talks in Montenegrin on character-driven leadership per week – to date he has hosted several NGLs, diplomats, professors from US-based universities, and civil society leaders from around the world.