Youth Leadership Program: Clean Energy March 2023

The On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (YLP): Clean Energy is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), administered by Legacy Internationalthat brings together approximately 20 youth participants (ages 15-18) and adult mentors from Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, and the United States together for a three-week U.S.-based exchange focused on climate change and clean energy initiatives.

On-Demand Youth Leadership Program: Clean Energy is a Unique Opportunity for High School Students and Educators from Botswana, Kenya, Namibia.

The world needs:

  • strong youth leaders who can make a difference
  • those with leadership skills to identify and seek solutions to environmental issues in your country
  • to learn how clean energy technologies can combat the climate crisis
  • people to design and deliver community-based projects


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Program Details

Thursday, March 9 to Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Three-week exchange in the USA in March 2023.  The program consists of 17 days in Seattle Washington followed by five days in Washington D.C.

Days 1-2:

Arrival in the United States with a program orientation in your host community

Days 3-16:

Explore the host community and meet with organizations that promote youth leadership, raise environmental justice issues, and focus on clean energy initiatives; talk to leaders in green building design, water treatment, clean energy research and clean energy performance standards; and be a guest of a U.S. host family to immerse yourself in American culture and enjoy their hospitality

Day 17-21:

Travel to Washington D.C., the Capitol of the United States, and discover advanced ideas and actions related to climate initiatives that are empowering American communities to be environmental stewards.

Part 2:

Community-Based Project: Program Requirement (May – August): Following the U.S. experience, apply your skills to design and deliver a community-based project that helps to alleviate the effects of climate change. (e.g., a peer education workshop or environmental service project).

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