Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP)

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program_Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

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July 23 - August 6, 2019

UCCD welcomes the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, or IYLEP, for a two-week exchange program in Utah. Iraqi high school students will stay with local host families as they explore themes of leadership development, civic rights and responsibilities, respect for diversity, and community engagement.

OVERALL PROGRAM GOALS
1. Develop skills in leadership and civic engagement among participants enabling them to be active change-makers in their communities;
2. Foster respect for diversity and a stronger understanding between people of different ethnic, religious, and national backgrounds;
3. Build mutual understanding between people of Iraq and the U.S.

CREATING FUTURE GLOBAL LEADERS
Both the Iraqi and Utah highschool students will:

  • Develop and model leadership, problem-solving, public speaking, organizing, and critical thinking skills through hands-on experience;
  • Strengthen understandings of civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and the role of various actors in society including our local government, NGO’s, businesses, citizens;
  • Expand their tolerance and empathy for diverse cultures and perspectives, strengthen their cross-cultural skills, and extend their comfort zone;
  • Create strong relationships with host families, youth in the host communities, and within the cohort;
  • Participate in “real life” in the U.S. and further breakdown stereotypes.

 

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program_Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

iylep logo

July 23 - August 6, 2019

UCCD welcomes the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, or IYLEP, for a two-week exchange program in Utah. Iraqi high school students will stay with local host families as they explore themes of leadership development, civic rights and responsibilities, respect for diversity, and community engagement.

OVERALL PROGRAM GOALS
1. Develop skills in leadership and civic engagement among participants enabling them to be active change-makers in their communities;
2. Foster respect for diversity and a stronger understanding between people of different ethnic, religious, and national backgrounds;
3. Build mutual understanding between people of Iraq and the U.S.

CREATING FUTURE GLOBAL LEADERS
Both the Iraqi and Utah highschool students will:

  • Develop and model leadership, problem-solving, public speaking, organizing, and critical thinking skills through hands-on experience;
  • Strengthen understandings of civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and the role of various actors in society including our local government, NGO’s, businesses, citizens;
  • Expand their tolerance and empathy for diverse cultures and perspectives, strengthen their cross-cultural skills, and extend their comfort zone;
  • Create strong relationships with host families, youth in the host communities, and within the cohort;
  • Participate in “real life” in the U.S. and further breakdown stereotypes.

 

IYLEP Sponsored and Hosted By:

IYLEP is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and hosted in parternship with World Learning. English-speaking Iraqi high school students and adult mentors selected by a competitive application and interview process will spend a month in the United States looking at youth leadership, civic activism, community service and volunteerism and peacebuilding. They will visit a leadership summer camp with American teenagers in rural Vermont; live with local host family in Utah Salt Lake City and develop their leadership skills, and explore our political systems in Washington D.C.

Host Family Application

Thank you for your interest in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. For questions regarding hosting an Iraqi student, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 801.832.3275.

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