Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP)

PHILIPPINE YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP) is a leadership development exchange that offers Philippine secondary students (ages 15-17) and adult mentors (ages 25-35) from Mindanao a four-week training in the United States. PYLP focuses on responsible citizenship, civic leadership, community development, and project management. The PYLP experience also includes pre-exchange workshops and post-exchange community service projects in the Philippines.  The program is administered by Northern Illinois University in partnership with Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan.

Since its inception in 2004, the PYLP has produced more than 420 Filipino youth alumni.

PROGRAM GOALS

  1. Prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members in their communities.
  2. Empower participants to be actively engaged in addressing issues of concern in their schools and communities.
  3. Build mutual understanding, tolerance, and respect through shared values.
  4. Foster relationships between different ethnic, religious, and national groups.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR YOUTH PARTICIPANTS

Youth participants:

  1. Must be at least 15 years old and not more than 17 years old;
  2. Must be an enrolled student with at least one year of high school remaining after the program;
  3. Can speak, read, and write in English proficiently;
  4. Have demonstrated leadership skills and commitment to community service;
  5. Have strong social skills and are open to new experiences;
  6. Have demonstrated strong academic performance;
  7. Can commit to participate in the program’s follow-on activities including post-program project implementation, and to conduct outreach about their experiences to their schools and communities; and
  8. Have no significant prior travel to the United States on a U.S. government-sponsored program.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADULT PARTICIPANTS

 Adult participants:

  1. Must not be more than 35 years old;
  2. Preferably are high school teachers, administrators, and/or community leaders who work with youth or have demonstrated interest in assisting the youth;
  3. Can speak, read, and write in English proficiently;
  4. Are active in community projects;
  5. Are committed to working with youth in their professions after the program;
  6. Are willing to attend the program’s follow-on activities; and
  7. Have no significant prior travel to the United States on a U.S. government-sponsored program.

Applications for the 2019-2020 batch of PLYP must be submitted no later than November 23, 2018.

The application form and other requirements can be found at http://www.xu.edu.ph/xavier-news/140-2018-2019/3734-call-for-applications-philippine-youth-leadership-program-2019.


For inquiries, please contact:
Prof. Maria Victoria B. Trinidad
Arrupe Educational Center
Room SS206, Social Science Building
Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan
Corrales Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City
9000 Philippines
Email: pylp@xu.edu.ph