On-Demand Youth Leadership Program: Nepal-STEM

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 adult mentors from Nepal for a three-week U.S.-based exchange focused on empowering young women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


A program for those who want to

  • become a strong leader who can make a difference in your community and country?
  • use leadership skills to identify and seek solutions to community issues ?
  • learn techniques to promote the involvement of girls in STEM programs?
  • design and deliver community-based projects?
  • meet and collaborate with American and Nepali peers?
Girls from around the world

Program Details

Part 1:

Three-week exchange in the USA from June 15-July 5, 2024 (dates subject to adjustment. ) The program consists of 4 days in Washington DC followed by 17 days in Kansas City.

Days 1-4:

Arrive in Washington D.C., the capital of the United States, for a program orientation. Visit organizations and participate in activities tailored to improve engagement and build excitement for girls in STEM. Visit the U.S Department of State. Engage in cultural and recreational activities to experience all DC has to offer.

Days 5-21:

Travel to the host community, Kansas City. Explore this vibrant community and meet with organizations that promote youth leadership, address social justice issues, and focus on girls’ leadership in STEM; 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.

Part 2:

Community-based project program requirement (July-August): Following the U.S. experience, apply your skills to design and deliver a community-based project (e.g., a peer education workshop or service project).

The application is now closed as of February 5, 2024

Sixteen (16) students and two (2) adult mentors will be 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 for selected participants.

Semifinalists will be selected for interviews (late February/early March) and final notifications will be made in April 2024.

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