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Office of International Development

A Division of the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

Current OID Projects

On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP)

Indiana University’s Office of International Development has been awarded six Youth Leadership Programs (YLP) over a three year project cycle (2015-2018) funded by The Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) within the U.S. Department of State as part of a $1.2M On-Demand Youth Leadership Program. Alumni of ECA exchanges from over 160 countries compromise over 350 million current or former heads of state and government. More information on ECA’s programs is available at exchanges.state.gov.

The programs offer a wide variety of hands-on experiences for young leaders to promote social responsibility, environmental stewardship, critical journalism, and fundamental leadership skills that will position participants as community leaders in their evolving countries. Additionally, during their time in Bloomington, participants stay with host families, encouraging immersion into US lifestyle. These programs help promoting the ECA’s, as well as Indiana University’s, objectives of international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, and professional exchange programs.

Four to six months post the US-based exchange, IU staff conduct in-county follow-on workshops, in order for participants to discuss their post-program engagement and work together to continue implementing relevant and sustainable projects. The OID team travels to the respective countries meeting with participants to deepen their understanding of key program themes in a local context, complete a group service-learning project, and support their community initiatives through a seed funding proposal process.
 

University of Pristina Mongolia Youth Leadership Program

On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP) with Baltic States

The YLP with Baltic States will be represented by 21 high school students from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and one adult chaperone from each country. The program will allow these young leaders to dive into concepts of entrepreneurship and leadership by being exposed to faculty and experts at Indiana University as well as community leaders and the program will end with a week-long cross-cultural program in Washington, D.C., during which time participants will meet with members of the YLP Southern Europe program as they all engage in community service activities, visit the United States Department of State, a tour of the Capital Hill and many more. This program is built for the youth to participate in a wide variety of hands-on experiences for young leaders to promote social responsibility, democratic environmental stewardship, critical journalism, and fundamental leadership skills, positioning participants as community leaders in their evolving countries.

On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP) with Southern Europe

The YLP with Southern Europe will bring six high school students from both Italy and Slovenia, seven students from Spain, and one adult chaperone from each country. The program will begin with a week-long cross-cultural program in Washington, D.C., during which time participants will engage with members of the YLP Baltics program during community service activities, a visit to the United States Department of State, and other activities throughout the District. Upon their arrival in Bloomington, participants will partner with local high school students involved in the school newspaper for a service learning project. Primary themes of the exchange program are civic leadership and engagement, media literacy, social entrepreneurship, and people-to-people exchange.

 

Previous ODYLP Participants

2017 Caucuses The YLP with the Caucasus brought 10 high school students from Azerbaijan and 10 high school students from Georgia, each accompanied by one adult chaperone from each countries. Their exchange program sessions focused on entrepreneurship, volunteerism, community service, and youth leadership development.
2017 Indonesia The third YLP hosted 17 students and 2 adult chaperones from 5 different regions throughout Indonesia. The participants surveyed topics of leadership, project management, diversity, and good governance. Participants engaged with a wide range of experts and models to study and explore methods for improving their communities through civic engagement.
2016 Mongolia The Mongolian United States Student Envoy (MUSE) consisted of 20 youth and 3 adult chaperones, who focused on democracy with specific emphasis on youth participation in social responsibility, democratic environmental stewardship, critical journalism, and fundamental leadership skills.
2016 Italy As the first of six YLPS, 21 youth and 3 adults from Southern Italy (Sicily) came to the IU campus for the study of leadership, diversity, and civic engagement. The YLP with Italy focused on community inclusiveness with specific emphasis on topics of immigration.

 

2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship

$145,000

Mandela Washington Fellows Program for Young African LeadersThe Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In 2018, IU will welcome 25 of the 700 selected Fellows for a Civic Leadership Institute. Fellows, from 20 different countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa, use this opportunity to propel their professional and civic careers further, bolstering their network of like-minded professionals and academics and further honing in on their leadership and practical skills through hands-on, skills based programming.

IU’s efforts in implementing the Fellowship brings together faculty, practitioners and resources from the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs and several schools: the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the Kelley School of Business, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the School of Global and International Studies and the Maurer School of Law. Other local partners include Cook Medical Inc., Ivy Tech Community College, Sagamore Institute and many other local and community organizations.

Become a Peer CollaboratorPeople are invited to join the conversation on Twitter about the Young African Leaders Initiative using the hashtag #YALI2018.

 

 

Youth Leadership Program with Myanmar (MYLP)

2014-2019

$420,000

Burma participants group photo 2014The Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) with the Department of State has awarded Indiana University $326,406 to manage a student exchange program for three cohorts of youth leaders in Myanmar. The Youth Leadership Program with Myanmar (MYLP) offers a wide variety of hands-on experiences for young leaders as a means to promote civic engagement, social responsibility, and fundamental leadership skills that will position participants as community leaders in their evolving country.

Student activity includes a series of events around campus and the community visiting Indiana University departments such as the Indiana Daily Student to learn more about media consumption and journalism as well as local grassroots and national non-profit organizations such as United Way and Goodwill Inc. Discussions on human rights, diversity and sustainability are led by university and community leaders to encourage social responsibility and engagement with current and relevant issues facing these participants. In-country follow-on workshops are held with participants to discuss post-program activity and work together to implement appropriate and sustainable community projects.
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