Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program



Host an Iraqi Student or Adult Mentor in Milwaukee or Boston for 2 weeks this summer (August 6-20)!

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GYLI  has been a host community for the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) since 2011 in collaboration with World Learning, The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

This program collaborates to send about 30 Iraqi high school students on a four-week educational exchange within the United States. 2 of those weeks are spent in U.S. host communities (Milwaukee and Boston!)

2015 Exchange Dates 

Host City Sub-Theme Dates Participants
Milwaukee Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Aug 6-20 14
Boston Public Health Aug 6-20 14

Who? IYLEP participants are high school students, ages 15-17, and a few adult mentors, both male and female. They were selected out of a competitive pool of almost 1000 students and come from provinces in every region of the country including Kurdistan, based on their leadership potential, involvement in their communities, and interest in cultural exchange. Participants are fluent in English.

What?     Participants come together for a week of leadership training in Brattleboro, Vermont before dividing into 2  cohorts and traveling to one of 2 host communities across the country (Milwaukee and Boston!). Students then reunite in Washington, D.C. to create social action plans. Highlights will include home-stays with local families, community service project planning and presentations.

Why? The goals of the program are to:

  • Foster understanding and build relationships across ethnic, religious, and national groups
  • Promote mutual understanding between the people of Iraq and the United States.
  • Enable the participants to understand civic participation and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy
  • Develop leadership skills

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GYLI Office Phone: 414-290-8142 or

Email the Director of Programs and Education – Megan Bollen: [email protected]rg