futurecontestDo you have ideas to promote local and global peace? If so, The Atlantic Institute invites you to participate in the Future Leaders Project Contest. We have offered similar contests to middle and high school students, and are pleased to now expand to include college students. We offer first and second place winners trips to Turkey, a life changing event that should not be missed. We encourage all college students to take the opportunity to enter the contest. Please see the information below explaining the project details and submission guidelines.
Atlantic Institute chooses to face the challenges of our world by offering solutions through dialogue and education as well as organizing cultural activities and humanitarian works.

• Proposals may be submitted by individuals only (i.e. no groups).
• Proposals should be no more than 3000 words in length and written in Times New Roman font, size 12.
• Proposals should contain a title page, abstract, introduction, project description, project objectives and goals, plan of action, and a conclusion.
• Submitted proposals must include the application form (download from and emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
• Upon submission, each participant consents to his/her proposal and/or ideas being absorbed, modified and/or implemented by the Atlantic Institute for promotional and/or informational purposes.

• The deadline to submit proposals is December 19, 2014. No proposals will be accepted after this date.


Judging & Awards: Proposals will be evaluated by the Executive and Advisory Board of the Atlantic Institute. All evaluations will be based on the project's creativity, uniqueness, applicability, and the Atlantic Institute's mission and vision.
First Place Award: Dialogue Trip to Turkey during Summer 2015 for 10 days *
Second Place Award: Dialogue Trip to Turkey during Summer 2015 for 10 days with administrative fee of $750*
Third, Fourth and Fifth Place Awards: Dialogue Trip to SC Senate House tour and lunch with State Senators and $75 gift card
6th-10th Place Award: $50 gift card


 *Details of the trip: All expenses including accommodation, local transportation, food , and admission fees to museums, etc. will be covered by Atlantic Institute. However, the participant will be responsible for purchasing the international roundtrip airfare to and from Istanbul.

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What is a Project Contest?

Participants are asked to submit a detailed proposal that recommends an original project:

• Based on the program details mentioned below, please propose to us an idea that can help us improve the content of the program or organize a similar program that enables us to increase mutual understanding in a more diversified way;
• contributes to local and global peace by promoting values such as: respect, acceptance, dialogue, love, richness of faith and culture

Future Leaders Dialogue Dinners: At Atlantic Institute, we understand the impact that leaders have on society. We also know that today's student leaders will shape our tomorrow. Atlantic Institute hosts annual Future Leaders of Dialogue Dinners for a diverse group of student leaders with a festive dinner, insightful keynote speakers, and intellectually stimulating table discussions. These dinners have received an overwhelmingly positive feedback from faculty and students at each institution it was held. Sharing a meal at a table is one of the best ways of fostering dialogue and understanding. The program gives students an opportunity for intra- and intercultural exchange and understanding. Atlantic Institute organizes five Future Leaders of Dialogue Dinners programs every year in the following cities and universities: Columbia, Clemson, Greenville, and Charleston.
Annual Dialogue Dinner & Award Ceremony: The goal of Atlantic Institute's "Annual Dialogue Dinners & Award Ceremony" is to contribute to the progress of dialogue in the State of South Carolina by promoting mutual understanding among members of different cultures, faiths, ethnicities, and races. The dinners are held in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston. Distinguished guests and speakers from various backgrounds and professionals are invited to the Annual Dialogue Dinner & Award Ceremony. The program is by invitation only and includes guests from universities, media, government, social institutions, faith organizations, and more. Dinners feature keynote speakers who are community leaders commensurate with the theme of that year's dinner. A keynote speaker is invited to the program to address the guests in the frame of the program's subject. As part of the Annual Dialogue Dinner & Award Ceremony, Atlantic Institute promotes new ideas and projects among the participants through collaboration and cooperation to create a better future for our community.
Art and Essay Contest: Every year there is a thought-provoking theme that is publicized among the teachers and schools across South Carolina. The themes of the contest are intended to create original ideas and understanding through art and reflective writings. The purity of emotion and thought that children bring to such challenges quite often bring us to new ideas and a new way of looking at the world around us. We are certain that the seeds that are planted in young minds today through this project will bear fruit in the long term for the benefit of our society.
Table of Abraham: Atlantic Institute believes it is very important to build a relationship of understanding between the three major Abrahamic religions. Participants sit around a table to discuss and share the common points that the followers from all Abrahamic faiths believe in a most friendly environment without debating with one another, but with loving and respecting each other. The hope is that as each participant becomes more deeply aware of others' values and beliefs it will lead to a greater understanding of one another.
Dialogue Trips: Every year Atlantic Institute organizes trips to Turkey. People who participate in these trips come from many different backgrounds, traditions and professions. Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy, professors, journalists, artists, politicians and business leaders spend ten days together while visiting historic Turkish cities and sites. During the trip our guests enjoy not only the rich history and natural beauty of Turkey but also each other's companionship where they build lifelong friendships. For many, time spent with Turkish families become a source of unforgettable memories.