On-Demand Youth Leadership Program: Nepal-STEM

Adult Mentor Application

The On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP): Nepal-STEM 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 16 youth participants (ages 15-18) and  two (2) adult mentors from Nepal for a three-week U.S.-based exchange focused on empowering young women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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.
  • They will guide young leaders through a four-month experience (May-August) starting with pre-program orientation and culminating in the implementation of community-based projects.
  • The selected candidates 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 mentors will mentor specific individual and student pairings as well as develop projects and lesson plans for their colleagues or youth groups.  They will help students participate in monthly virtual check -ins and coaching sessions with Legacy team.

Adult Selection Criteria

  • Be women 25 years or older as of May 1, 2024;
  • Be a citizen of Nepal. (Note: Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship are not eligible for this program);
  • Be living in Nepal 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 empowering girls in STEM;
  • 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 that preference will be given to individuals who:

  • Have not previously traveled to the United States.
  • 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.

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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.

Application Deadline is February 5, 2024 at 12:00pm (noon) Eastern Daylight Time

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