American Youth Engagement Opportunities

Youth Leadership Programs

Due to the ongoing global medical crisis, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has decided to suspend both the in-person 2020 Youth Leadership Programs with Kenya (slated to take place in April and May of 2020) and Algeria (slated to take place in June and July of 2020). This decision was made in order to protect the health and safety of our communities and of the program participants and staff.  

Youth Leadership Program with Algeria

At this time, we anticipate that the summer 2021 Youth Leadership Program with Algeria will occur as planned.  We are exploring options for selected American and Algerian finalists of the 2020 program.

Youth Leadership Program with Kenya

We are exploring options for selected American and Kenyan finalists of the 2020 program.

Brazil Youth Ambassador Program

At this time, we anticipate that the Brazil Youth Ambassador Program will take place as scheduled in January 2021 and hope to be selected as a host community. 

Once Department of State Youth Leadership Programs are up and running again, NNIC will have several opportunities for American families to participate. 

American High School Students Program Participation

The Youth Leadership Programs with Kenya and Algeria include American high school students who will participate in part or all of the youth program along with the international youth. Click the links below to see the program descriptions and eligibility requirements. Please note that the eligibility requirements differ slightly for each program.

Short-term (10-13 day) home hosting

Bring the world to your home when you host a Kenyan, Brazilian or Algerian youth for 10-13 days. Home-hosting is an opportunity for people of any age to get to know the youth participating in a leadership program. You do not have to have a child participating in the program to host, in fact you can host without having children in your home at all. This is a great short-term way to learn about different cultures and connect with young leaders.

Learn more about home hosting today!

Youth Leadership Programs are funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of States and are coordinated locally by the Northern Nevada International Center. The Kenyan Youth Leadership Program and the Brazil Youth Ambassadors Program are coordinated in conjunction with World Learning.