On-Demand Youth Leadership Program: Climate Change – Adult Mentor Application

The Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP): Climate Change is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by Legacy InternationalThe program includes a three-week virtual exchange program from January 16 – February 6, 2022, followed by three months of designing and implementing community action plans. 

Participating countries include: Denmark, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom and USA. Between 4-5 high school students from each country and one adult mentor will be competitively selected to participate and gain valuable training in community leadership and environmental sustainability.   

Adult Mentor Profile:  Through the program, adult mentors will gain new skills in youth leadership development and environmental education and learn techniques to combine in-person-classroom learning with virtual instruction.  He/ she will guide young leaders through a four-month overall experience culminating in the implementation of community-based projects.  The selected adult mentors will be trained to facilitate and assist youth as they complete assignments given by U.S. instructors, and will assist with all logistical arrangements to ensure selected students are participating fully.  This may include tech troubleshooting and one to one mentoring, should a student fall behind.  Your feedback to the Legacy team on how lessons are being received as well as any technical challenges will help the program be successful.  During the Community-Based Project Phase, the adult mentor will work closely with and oversee specific individual and student pairings and develop projects and lesson plans for his/her colleagues or youth groups.

Adult mentor applicants must:

  • Be 23 years or older as of December 1, 2021;
  • Be a citizen of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, or the United Kingdom (Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship are not eligible for this program);
  • Be living in home country at the time of the exchange and during the follow-on component; 
  • Have strong English language skills (written and oral);
  • Have experience teaching or working with teenage youth around the themes of environmental sustainability;
  • Have demonstrated strong leadership skills;
  • Have demonstrated interest in environmental issues;
  • Have a sincere interest in community engagement/service;
  • Have experience with virtual learning platforms and techniques; and
  • Be willing to take on the role of offering instructional support, coordinating logistics and committing to the continued mentorship of youth participants through the community project phase.

Please note:  

  • Preference will be given to individuals who have not previously traveled to the United States.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously traveled outside of his/her home country on any ECA-funded program within the past three years or accepted a scholarship for an impending U.S. Government-funded exchange program.

There is no application fee. 

Application Deadline is December 8, 2021

The On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP)  on Climate Change is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

On-Demand Youth Leadership Program: Climate Change - Adult Mentor Application Form

Please review the eligibility criteria and program details before completing an application. Application deadline is December 8, 2021. Please fill out the application and answer all questions carefully and completely in English. The information you provide on this application will provide the basis for selecting participants for this program. Semifinalists will be selected for interview in early December and final notifications will be made by mid-December.
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  • Travel Information

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  • Essay Questions - please respond in one paragraph (no fewer than 350 words)

  • Participant Agreement

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