On-Demand Youth Leadership Program: Digital Literacy

The On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP): Digital Literacy 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 24 youth participants (ages 15-18) and adult mentors from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and the United States together for a three-week U.S.-based exchange focused on digital literacy and the use of social media to address community issues.

On-Demand Youth Leadership Program: Digital Literacy is a unique opportunity for high school students and educators from Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.  

ODYLP Digital Literacy will help youths:

  • become a strong leader who can make a difference in your country?
  • use leadership skills to identify and seek solutions to pressing issues in your country?
  • learn how digital technologies and social media can help educate and inspire others?
  • design and deliver community-based projects?
  • meet with American peers and professionals who use digital tools to promote citizen engagement in positive ways?

Program Dates: November 1-21, 2023

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Program Details

Part 1:

Three-week exchange in the USA in November 2023.  The program consists of 17 days in Seattle, Washington 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 the host community and meet with organizations that promote youth leadership and focus on the responsible use of media and social media to educate citizens and policy makers as they address important community issues. Be a guest of a U.S. host family and immerse yourself in American culture and hospitality.

Day 17-21:

Travel to Washington D.C., the Capitol of the United States, to discuss with policy makers the importance of data collection, research and communication. Collaboratively design community projects with your peers.

Part 2:

Community-Based Project: Program Requirement (December to February): 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).

The application  closed on July 21, 2023.

Up to seven (7) students and one (1) adult educator from each of the countries listed above were competitively selected to participate.

Is there a cost?

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 (housing, meals, ground transportation...)

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