Share American culture with a young leader from Saudi Arabia!

  • Austin, TX
  • Chicago, IL
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Detroit, MI

2020 Home Hosting Dates: Friday, July 10 (late afternoon) through Sunday, July 12 (late afternoon)

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SYLEP participants develop close ties to their American host families and stay in touch for years to come.

Legacy International is pleased to host 43 young Saudi leaders for a dynamic, 3-week leadership training experience. The Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program (SYLEP) is initiated and supported by the Embassy of the United States in Saudi Arabia. The goals of this program are to promote mutual understanding between the people of the U.S and the people of Saudi Arabia, prepare young leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities, and develop leadership skills among Saudi youth.  They will also observe how individuals, non-governmental organizations, government entities, and businesses address community needs through innovative public, private, and joint initiatives.

American families play a central role in the overall experience of international guests. Through time spent with US families, our visitors come to understand U.S. cultural values and our diverse way of life.  Over 450 Virginia and Washington, DC area families, companies, and organizations have participated in hosting Legacy International visitors since 1994.  Legacy’s partners in Austin (BRAVE Communities); Chicago (WorldChicago); Pittsburgh ( opens in a new windowGlobalPittsburgh); and Detroit (Global Ties Detroit) have similar histories of providing quality exchange experiences in their regions.

Curriculum and learning activities will focus on four core themes:

1. Transformative Leadership Skills – How effective leadership can be learned and implemented; Skills, capacities, and attributes of successful leaders; models of “transformational leaders” for analysis and application.

2. Leading Successful Community Initiatives – Essential project management skills; Aligning partners and the community behind your vision; Measuring impact

3. Dialogue and Diversity Skills – Social inclusiveness and interreligious understanding; Conflict management and resolution; Convening community dialogues ; difficult issues

4. Social Entrepreneurship and Volunteerism – Creating innovative solutions to community problems; implementing design thinking processes and tools to drive innovation, transitioning through the phases of inspiration, ideation and implementation; exploration of relevant social issues in the U.S.

We invite you to read more about the benefits of hosting and to browse through our Hosting FAQs.  Many of Legacy’s host families have sent us comments reflecting on their appreciation of the hosting experience.

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