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Youth Leadership
June 10, 2021

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange Study (YES) provides scholarships for students from countries with a high Muslim population to attend up to one academic year in the U.S.  The program was established by Congress in response to the events of September 11, 2001. Approximately 900 students travel to the U.S each year from over 40 countries. They attend high school while living with host families in order to be immersed in American society. The students also help educate Americans about their own cultures and values.  https://www.yesprograms.org/countries/philippines

  • Application Dates/Status: Not open
  • Program Dates: Not available

The Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP) focuses on developing principled civic leadership, community development, responsible citizenship, and project management. Through experiential learning, participants develop projects to be implemented in their home communities. https://www.niu.edu/clas/cseas/programs/pylp.shtml

  • Application Dates/Status: Not open
  • Program Dates: Not available

The Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) focuses on leadership and youth development. It explores shared challenges faced by the United States and ASEAN member countries as viewed through the three pillars of the ASEAN community: political and security cooperation, economic cooperation, and socio-cultural cooperation and inclusion.  Participants will develop concrete skills in project development, communication, and leadership while engaging in hands-on activities, workshops, seminars, and site visits. Participants will also develop projects to address the needs of their communities upon their return. https://www.niu.edu/clas/cseas/programs/seaylp.shtml

  • Application Dates/Status: Not open
  • Program Dates: Not available

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the flagship program of the U.S. government to strengthen youth leadership development and collaboration in Southeast Asia. YSEALI includes all 10 ASEAN member countries and Timor Leste, and is open to young people ages 18-35. Responding to priorities from youth in the ASEAN region, YSEALI programs focus on four themes: economic development and entrepreneurship, environment and natural resource management, education, and civic engagement. YSEALI offers five-week professional and academic fellowships to the U.S., week-long regional workshops for networking and skills development, digital media engagement, and a grant competition to support emerging leaders’ efforts to address regional issues. https://asean.usmission.gov/yseali/

  • Application Dates/Status: Varies
  • Program Dates: Varies

The Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program is a dynamic global network of innovators working with communities to address critical 21st Century issues. This transformational leadership development experience is a year-long program designed to enable civil society leaders, ages 20-27, to harness the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, particularly on issues related to civic dialogue and peace building, open and participatory government, women and gender, resilience and sustainable government, and youth engagement. https://www.irex.org/program/community-engagement-exchange-program-application-information

  • Application Dates/Status: Closed
  • Program Dates: October 2021 to January 2022