On-Demand Youth Leadership Program: Climate Change – Student application

The On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP): Climate Change is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)and administered by Legacy International.  The program includes a three-week virtual exchange program from January 16 to 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.  

Student applicants must:

  • Be between 15 and 18 years old by 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 written and oral English language skills;
  • Demonstrate interest in environmental sustainability and related subject areas and how it can be applied to improve local conditions;
  • Demonstrate initiative, strong communication skills, and have an energetic and positive attitude;
  • Have the ability to work cooperatively in a team and be open to various opinions and perspectives;
  • Commit to the follow-on application of their learning in one or more areas (e.g., peer education workshop, service project, career panels, etc.);  and
  • Have permission from parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to participate in the program.

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 – 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-Student Application Form

Please review the eligibility criteria and program details before completing an application. The application deadline is December 8, 2021. Instructions for completing this application: 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. Semi-finalists will be contacted for an interview (either in person or virtually) in early December and final notifications will be made by December 20, 2021
  • Personal Information

  • Parent/Guardian Information

  • Travel Information

  • Education

  • Activities

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

  • Participant Agreement

  • Parental Consent - please make sure your guardian knows you are applying

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