On-Demand Youth Leadership Program: COMMUNITY Service
Adult Mentor Application
The On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP): Community Service is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), administered by Legacy International, that brings together approximately 20 youth participants (ages 15-18) and two (2) adult mentors from the Republic of Georgia for a three-week U.S.-based exchange focused on community service, youth engagement, and volunteerism.
Adult Mentor – Program Experience and Role
- The adult mentors will gain new skills in youth leadership development and community engagement as they travel to the United States with the group and help facilitate learning.
- He/she will guide young leaders through a four-month experience (March-June) starting with pre-program orientation and culminating in the implementation of community-based projects.
- The selected candidate will be trained to facilitate and assist youth as they complete community-based projects, and they will assist with all logistical arrangements in the country to ensure selected students complete paperwork and all necessary items to be ready to participate.
- During the community-based project phase, the adult educator will mentor specific individual and student pairings as well as develop projects and lesson plans for his/her colleagues or youth groups. He/she will help students participate in monthly virtual check -ins and coaching sessions with Legacy team.
Adult Selection Criteria
- Be 25 years or older as of March 1, 2024
- Be a citizen of the Republic of Georgia (Note: Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship are not eligible for this program)
- Be living in the Republic of Georgia at the time of the exchange and during the follow-on component
- Have proficiency in English
- Have experience teaching or working with teenage youth around the themes of leadership and/or community service
- Have demonstrated strong leadership skills
- Have a sincere interest in community engagement/service
- Have experience with virtual learning platforms and techniques
- 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; or.
- Have not participated in any in-person ECA-funded program in the United States within the past three years or accepted a scholarship for an upcoming U.S. Government-funded exchange program.
- Please note: Family members of U.S. Embassy or Consulate staff, or U.S. Department of State employees are not eligible
There is NO application fee.
The United States Government will pay for all travel to and from the United States, and all program-related costs for selected participants.