The Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Luanda is pleased to invite candidate nominations for the 2017 Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP).
The program gives secondary school youth (ages 15-18 years old) and adult educators the opportunity to explore themes such as entrepreneurship, civic education, youth leadership and economic development, and respect for diversity. Through three-week, intensive exchanges in the United States, participants engage in workshops on leadership and service, community site visits related to the program themes and subthemes, interactive training in conflict resolution, presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, and homestays with local American families. A key component of the program is to develop community-based projects in their home communities to affect change upon their return home.
For example, two students from Togo developed a girl’s empowerment program with a social entrepreneurship aspect built in via beading projects. Two other participants worked with young inmates in a local prison to develop vocational skills to help prepare them for their reintegration into society. A young participant from Chad developed a community library at a local high school to decrease the school’s high drop-out rate.
Four of the exchanges will be conducted in English and two will be conducted in French.
This program is fully funded by the U.S. government. The deadline to submit your application is – December 29, 2016
Each exchange delegation will also include adult participants who are teachers, trainers, or community leaders who work with youth. They will have the role of exchange participant, chaperone, and post-exchange mentor. There will be approximately three adult educators per delegation. Please note that while each delegation will include a small number of adult educators, not every country cohort will be able to include an adult educator.
A: Please Provide:
1. Full name:
2. Date of Birth (month/Day/Year):
3. Place of birth:
4. Mobile number:
5. Current address:
6. School grade / Position (if an adult):
7. Passport number
8. Email address:
9. Medical, dietary, or personal considerations:
10. Previous study on travel in the United States:
11. Evidence of English Proficiency:
12. Relevant coursework and/or Extracurricular Activities
B: Tell a story about your leadership abilities using real-life examples related to you;
C: How are you involved in your community to make it a better place? (this could be your school, your home, your church, wherever your “community” is);
A successful youth candidate for this program should be:
A. Be a high school student who is 15, 16, 17, or 18 years of age by the start of the exchange (refer to paragraph 4 for the appropriate start dates);
B. Be proficient in English, if nominated for one of the four Anglophone exchanges;
C. Be proficient in French, if nominated for one of the two Francophone exchanges;
D. Attend at least one semester of high school in his/her home country following completion of the program;
E. Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
F. Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in his/her school or community;
G. Have a high level of academic achievement, as indicated by academic grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
H. Demonstrate a commitment to community service and extracurricular activities;
I. Have had little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
J. Be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive; and
K. Be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive program, community service, and active educational travel program during the exchange, as well as in follow-on activities afterward in their home countries.
Adult candidates nominated for this program will:
A. Be teachers, trainers, volunteers, or community leaders who work with youth.
B. Be proficient in English (even for those participating in the Francophone exchange).
C. Have a commitment to remain in teaching positions or other positions of influence on young leaders.
D. Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States.
E. Demonstrate an interest in developing professional skills.
F. Be supportive of the teenage participants and assist them to become productive and responsible members of society.
G. Exhibit maturity and open-mindedness; and
H. Be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive program, community service, and active educational travel program during the exchange, as well as mentor youth in their follow-on activities afterward in their home countries.
If you have the above qualifications and would to apply, please submit your application in replying to all of the questions above on (A,B and C) and provide all information requested and submit via email to PASInboxLuanda@state.gov no later than December 29, 2016.