Why become a delegate?

Imagine this: You are in the beginning of your career, maybe you have a very clear direction in mind (maybe you don't), but the execution of ideas gets difficult. You would like to improve the world, make a difference, but how is the big question; maybe you have tried to start an organization, but felt alone in your passion to make a difference? If this resonates with you, then you are in perfect company with MCN, because...

  1. The conference brings people together that feel passionate about making a difference from around the globe, these are people that you will connect with on a familiar level, that can inspire you, that might even become future partners
  2. You will meet professionals that were in your shoes when they were young; however, they carved a path toward social justice and they are eager to share how they did it. You will meet professionals and speakers that might become your mentors, share unique information with you, and you might find yourself connecting to a future job, internship or the next opportunity.
  3. Washington D.C. is the heart-center of the U.S., just around the corner the White House represents the grand decisions this country does every day. You will get to know the city better, visit sites, lobby with Representatives of the House and of the Congress and become part of tomorrows politics.
  4. The speakers that MCN brings together might not always be names that you have heard on TV, but we make sure that you will never forget them. They are professionals of the highest league, have founded large-scale foundations and companies, have impacted nations through their social enterprises, have spoken numerous times and inspired crowds, have made a very palpable difference in this world that probably touches you somehow. The opportunity to meet these professionals personally and not just see them on stage is very unique to the MCCs and has in the past changed the lives of delegates and their future paths to the better. 

Delegate Categories

When you apply to MCC16, you will be asked to apply under one of the following categories. If you are unclear what category you should be, please email applications@mcnpartners.org.

***PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE MERIT-BASED AND NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE, AS SOON AS YOU ARE ACCEPTED. IDEALLY, WE HOPE THAT FINANCES DON'T KEEP YOU FROM COMING TO THE CONFERENCE.***

  • Undergraduate Delegate

    • Undergraduate, university-level current students. 
    • Along with the application, students have an opportunity to submit a proposal for leading a campaign designed to mobilize others toward the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Read about last year's campaigns and more about campaigns for 2016.
    • Upon successful completion of the Conference, all undergraduate delegates are transitioned either to Observer Fellow or Advanced Fellow Status, gaining access to a year's worth of educational and networking opportunities. Please take some time to read about this incredible opportunity to stay engaged after the Conference through our Fellowship tracks.
    • Registration Deadlines (to guarantee a registration rate, you must submit your application by 48 hours in advance of the registration date):
      • Prior to May 31, 2016  - - - $219 USD
      • June 1 - June 30, 2016 - - $229 USD
      • July 1 - July 29, 2016 - - $249 USD
    • Read more about costs here.  All Delegate fees include the following benefits: Full access to all sessions and events, including the Networking Village and Opportunities Fair; Opportunity to submit campaign ideas; Participant Certificate and T-shirt; Full Year MCN Membership as a Fellow online; Included meals: Tuesday Lunch, Wednesday-Friday: Breakfast and Lunch. 
    • Not included: airfare, visa fees, taxis, dinners, or other expenses. Lodging package offered separately. 
  • Senior Student Delegate

    • Masters or above, university-level, current students; or undergraduate students over the age of 25.
    • Senior delegates have the opportunity to lead/co-lead a session at the Conference, such as a workshop or career cluster, or to participate in a debate to be accepted.
    • Registration Deadlines (to guarantee a registration rate, you must submit your application by 48 hours in advance of the registration date):
      • Prior to May 31, 2016  - - - $219 USD
      • June 1 - June 30, 2016 - - $229 USD
      • July 1 - July 29, 2016 - - $249 USD
    • Read more about costs here.
  • Professional Delegate

    • Currently working in the social impact/global development/education sectors.
    • Have the opportunity to lead/co-lead at least one session of the Conference, such as a workshop or career cluster, or to participate in a debate.
    • Registration Deadlines (to guarantee a registration rate, you must submit your application by 48 hours in advance of the registration date):
      • Prior to May 31, 2016  - - - $219 USD
      • June 1 - June 30, 2016 - - $229 USD
      • July 1 - July 29, 2016 - - $249 USD
    • Read more about costs here.
    • If you are a professional applying with another member of your organization, consider applying as a Global Member for a significantly reduced price.
    • If you are a young professional (under 35) working at a non-profit organization (501 (c)3 ), you can apply for a young professional scholarship as part of the delegate application to potentially earn a registration discount.

Delegate Timeline

  • Apply here, keeping in mind registration deadlines listed above.
  • Register (you will receive registration information in your acceptance email to the conference). Please note that registration rates increase over time, so please pay attention to registration deadlines listed above and on the costs page.
  • Book your travel and stay (we strongly recommend you take advantage of our special housing deal at Howard University).
  • If relevant, apply for your visa through your local US embassy. When you are accepted to the conference you will receive information about requesting letters of invitation from MCN to support your visa application.
  • Communicate with your fellow Delegates on our Facebook page, the link for which you will receive when you register.
  • Get excited for the conference!
  • Join the global movement in Washington DC August 1-5, 2016!

How do I get to the conference?

Check out our Travel Information page for more information.