Youth Leadership Program: Climate Adaptation and Resilience

The On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (YLP): Climate Adaptation and Resilience 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 Malawi, Mozambique,Uganda, and the United States, together for a three-week U.S.-based exchange focused on climate change, adaptation and resiliency methods.

Unique Opportunity for High School Students and Educators from Malawi, Mozambique and Uganda

Do you want to:

  • Become a strong leader who can make a difference in your country?
  • Use leadership skills to identify and seek solutions to environmental issues in your country?
  • Learn techniques to mitigate the effects of climate change?
  • Design and deliver community-based projects?
  • Meet with and learn from American and other African peers?

Then keep reading!

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Program Details:

Part 1:

Three-week exchange in the USA in April 2023.  The program consists of 17 days in Pensacola, Florida 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 your host community and meet with organizations that promote youth leadership, raise environmental justice issues, and focus on climate adaptation initiatives; talk to leaders in green building design, water treatment, natural disaster preparedness, and clean energy research; 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 (April – July) : 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).

How to Apply:

There is no application fee.  The United States Government will pay for all travel to and from the United States, program-related costs, including internet stipends, as needed, and other incidentals.

Is there a cost?

Four (4) students and one (1) adult educator from each of the countries listed above will be competitively selected to participate.

Applications open October 17 and close November 17, 2022.

Semifinalists will be selected for interviews (late November/early December) and final notifications made on December 22, 2022.

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