On-Demand Youth Leadership Program: Cyprus - Digital Literacy

The On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP): Cyprus - Digital Literacy is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). It brings together a group of 18 (9 Greek Cypriot and 9 Turkish Cypriot) youth participants (ages 15-18) and two (one Greek Cypriot and one Turkish Cypriot) adult mentors (ages 25 and older) from Cyprus for a three-week, U.S.-based exchange focused on digital literacy and youth leadership.

This is a unique opportunity for high school students and educators!

ODYLP provides opportunities to:

  • become a strong leader who can make a difference in your community and country
  • use leadership skills to identify and seek solutions to pressing issues in your community
  • learn techniques to promote youth leadership and digital literacy
  • design and deliver community-based projects
  • meet and collaborate with American and Cypriot peers


Program Dates: August 11-31, 2024


Program Details

Part 1:

The program consists of 15 days in a U.S. host city, followed by five days in Washington D.C.

Days 1-2:

Arrive in the United States with a program orientation in host community.

Days 3-15:

Explore the host community and meet with organizations that promote youth leadership, address social justice issues, and focus on digital literacy & bi-communal collaborations; talk to leaders in programs addressing environmental concerns, poverty, food insecurity and youth workforce readiness and other issues; and be a guest of a U.S. host family to immerse yourself in American culture and enjoy their hospitality.

Day 15-20-:

Travel to Washington D.C., the capital of the United States. Visit the U.S Department of State, and engage in cultural and recreational activities.

Part 2:

Community-Based Project: Program Requirement (September to November): Following the U.S. experience, apply your skills to design and deliver a community-based project that helps educate peers and addresses a community issue (e.g. a peer education workshop or service project).

Applications will be accepted between March 27, 2024 to April 25, 2024 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (19:00 Cyprus Time).  

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