Global Youth Leadership Institute (GYLI) has again be selected to partner with World Learning to offer community programs for the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) in Milwaukee, Chicago and Boston in the summer of 2014. During this month long program, 25 youth participants from around the United States and 75 from Iraq will come together for a week of leadership training in Brattleboro, Vermont before dividing into 3 cohorts and traveling to one of three host communities across the country. Students will then reunite in Washington, D.C. for the final week of the program to create action plans for their return to their home communities. This program is funded by the US Embassy in Baghdad and the State Department in Washington DC. GYLI is proud to be a IYLEP program provider for the 4th consecutive year. GYLI has consistently been rated by the participants as the top community programs because of our unique approach to leadership development and community engagement. GYLI works with excellent staff and community partners to offer a mix of fun and deep learning for the Iraqi and US youth. Participants very often state that the IYLEP program was the “best thing” they did in their entire high school career. Our goals of the program include:
- Enabling the participants to understand civic participation and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy
- Development of leadership skills
- Fostering an understanding and to build relationships across ethnic, religious, and national groups
- Promoting a mutual understanding between the people of Iraq and the United States.
We would love for YOU to get involved and help with the IYLEP program. We are seeking community partners and homestay families for the following cities and dates:
- Boston: July 10 – 24
- Chicago: July 21 – August 4
- Milwaukee: August 1 – 15
Interested in being an IYLEP homestay family in Boston, Chicago, or Milwaukee? CLICK HERE to download the IYLEP homestay application!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!
Want to see what IYLEP students were up to in 2013?
Check out the blog!