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Youth with disabilities encouraged to apply for Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program

Students outside at leadership school in Vermont.

Above: Students participating outside together at Iraqi Young
Leaders Exchange Program in Vermont.

Youth with disabilities encouraged to apply
for Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program

An all-expenses paid four-week opportunity
to develop leadership and peace building skills

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) is providing an opportunity for ten U.S. high school students to join their Iraqi counterparts in a program to develop leadership and peace building skills and to promote mutual understanding. Students with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply. Applications are due by January 31, 2018 and here is the application link.

IYLEP for English-speaking high school students provides a four-week fully-funded exchange program in Vermont to talented Iraqi and U.S. students who demonstrate leadership potential and civic engagement in their communities. During the program, participants engage in experiential learning activities and workshops that expand their knowledge of civic engagement, project design, and intercultural communication. Upon their return home, participants implement their community service projects, utilizing support and monitoring from adult mentors, local staff, and alumni.

From June to September 2018, a total of 119 English-speaking Iraqi students will be divided into three separate programs, one of which will include 10 U.S. students. Iraqi adult mentors will also divided among the exchange programs to provide support and mentorship to the youth. All expenses are paid and it is free to apply.

NOTE: The Disability NEWS thanks Mobility International USA (MIUSA) in Eugene and WorldOregon (formerly the World Affairs Council of Oregon) for providing this information to share with the community.