High School Students: Apply for Leadership Exchange Programs and Expand Your Horizons!

Do you want to increase  youth understanding of international issues and global cultures? Want to expand your leadership skills and learn how to take action in your community? Want to make connections that last a lifetime? Applications for this exciting leadership exchange opportunity is now open for high school students:


The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) is a four-week U.S. based program bringing together 12 US and 27 Iraqi high school students.  Participants develop great friendships as well as cross-cultural communication competency, leadership skills, time management, project creation and implementation, and much more. The program starts in Vermont, with the U.S. students arriving first, then joined by the Iraqi participants. Here, participants will build community and break barriers through dialogue, teambuilding, and workshops. Smaller groups of Iraqi and U.S. students will then travel to a different city in the USA for a two-week host community stay. While in that city, the group will look at youth engagement in each city and see the program themes in action. Pairs of U.S. and Iraqi students will stay in a host family during the host community stay. Finally, the program ends with a week in Washington D.C. where each participant will create a project and plan it from start to finish, all while seeing the capital of the U.S.A. and learning about civic action and diplomacy.

Cost: FREE

When: July- August 2019

Application Deadline: January 15th, 2019

Visit the IYLEP website to learn more and to apply, and please email all questions to [email protected].

IYLEP is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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