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Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Programs

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2015 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP)

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is pleased to announce the open application period for the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Programs (IYLEP) which will provide about 225 Iraqi high school and undergraduate students with a unique educational exchange experience in the summer of 2015.  The IYLEP undergraduate and high school programs together have provided invaluable leadership and educational opportunities for nearly 1400 students since its creation in 2007.  These programs work to support the goals of the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement to enhance mutual understanding and strengthen the connections between the people of the United States and Iraq, and have created a cadre of young Iraqi leaders who are inspiring and positively impacting their communities. 

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for undergraduate students, sponsored by the United States Government and administered by Meridian International Center, provides five weeks of fully-funded leadership training and classroom instruction to talented and dedicated students from Iraq.  The institutes, hosted at five universities throughout the United States, will focus on one of the relevant thematic topics: Public Policy; Entrepreneurship and Community Development; Information Technology and Media; and Leadership, Law, and Social Justice.  Each institute will consist of classroom instruction, field trips, site visits, community service, leadership training, conflict resolution training, and cultural exchanges.

Undergraduate students should check eligibility requirements and apply online at http://www.meridian.org/iylep2015.

Interested applicants can e-mail this address with questions about the online application process: iylepundergraduate@gmail.com

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for high school students, sponsored by the United States Government and administered by World Learning, is a four-week youth leadership exchange based in the United States for Iraqi and American teenagers, ages 15-17, and Iraqi adult mentors. The program aims to develop a cadre of young adults in Iraq and the United States who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to community development, an awareness of current and global issues, strong interpersonal leadership skills, and a willingness to foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups in Iraq.

High school students should check eligibility requirements and apply online at http://iylep.tumblr.com/apply

Adult mentors should check eligibility requirements and apply online at http://iylep.tumblr.com/apply

Interested applicants can e-mail this address with questions about the online application process: iylephighschool@gmail.com

There is no cost to apply to IYLEP. The U.S. Department of State will fully fund students’ academic study, travel, health insurance, housing, and provide a modest living allowance while in the United States. The application deadline is December 10, 2014.