Youth Leadership Program with Algeria

The Algerian Youth Leadership Program is a leadership development opportunity for Algerian and American youth, ages 15-17. This cultural and academic exchange takes place every June and July in Reno, Nevada and Washington, DC.

NNIC has coordinated the exchange for 12 consecutive years. The program employs a highly interactive approach both in workshops and in a range of public and community settings. Through engagement in the activities, youth and adult participants will better understand civic participation and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy, and the role that social enterprises play in a community. The program is highly academic. One of the goals of the program is to provide participants with the skills to complete a required post-program service project in their local communities. This program is fully funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Please view a list of frequently asked questions about the AYLP program.

American youth applications for 2021 program

Applications for American Youth for the 2021 Youth Leadership Program with Algeria are open from February 1 - March 1, 2021.

Please plan to submit your application as soon as possible, as we cannot accept late applications for any reason, including for technical difficulties. Please read the eligibility requirements carefully before beginning your application.

Please note: The safety of participants and our communities is our number one priority. While we are scheduled to run the Algerian Youth Leadership in-person exchange in Reno, Nevada and Washington, D.C. from June 21-July 14, 2021, the in-person exchange is contingent upon the stabilization of the COVID-19 pandemic, the easing of travel restrictions and the safety of travel. Any changes in travel plans will be communicated to program applicants or participants as soon as possible.

Youth who are eligible to apply must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen and reside in the United States;
  • Be a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior;
  • Be between the ages of 15 and 17 on June 21, 2021;
  • Be able work cooperatively in a team setting and appreciate the opinions of others;
  • Be interested in leadership, have good academic performance, are interested in community service and volunteer activities and program theme;
  • Be able to commit to implementing a post-program community-based project;
  • Have sufficient proficiency in English to participate fully in all exchange activities;
  • Have permission from parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to participate in the entire program;
  • Do not have a family member employed by the Northern Nevada International Center, their Algerian partner Action Bénévole pour la Citoyenneté & le Développement, or the U.S. State Department.

Apply as an American youth participant

Algerian youth applicants (currently closed)

Youth who are eligible to apply must:

  • Be a legal citizen of Algeria
  • Be 15, 16 or 17 years old on June 11, 2021
  • Have at least one year of high school remaining after the program.  If you are selected as a semifinalist, you will be required to submit an original high school transcript and a school certificate to verify that you have at least one year of high school remaining.
  • Have demonstrated English skills, sufficient for understanding academic discussion and everyday social interactions 
  • Have demonstrated leadership in their schools and/or communities 
  • Have interest in the program themes of social entrepreneurship, leadership and project development and would like to participate in academic classes and do work to develop in these areas
  • Have permission from their parent(s) or legal guardian to participate in the entire program 
  • Not have a familial relation to the Northern Nevada International Center, their Algerian partner Action Bénévole pour la Citoyenneté & le Développement, or the U.S. Department of State

The 2021 Algerian youth application has closed. Please check back in Fall 2021 for the 2022 application.

Algerian adult applicants (currently closed)

Adults who are eligible to apply must:

  • Be legal citizens of Algeria
  • Work actively mentoring youth in their professional or volunteer activities 
  • Be community leaders 
  • Have excellent English
  • Be committed to working with the Youth Leadership Program participants after their return from the United States to assist in the implementation of community projects 
  • Have travel experience outside of their home state or province (international travel experience is not required-program staff will travel with you to the U.S.)
  • Be committed to the goals and ideals of the program, including civic leadership, diversity and fostering regional and global interactions
  • Not be employed by and/or do not have a familial relation to the Northern Nevada International Center, their Algerian partner Action Bénévole pour la Citoyenneté & le Développementor the U.S. Department of State 

The 2021 Algerian adult application has closed. Please check back in Fall 2021 for the 2022 application.

We encourage people with disabilities and diverse backgrounds to apply. Opportunities are open to people regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Host a Youth Leadership Program with Algeria participant for 12 days

Bring Algeria to your home for 12 days while you get to know one of the outstanding youth participating in the Youth Leadership Program with Algeria. 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!

Hosting for the Youth Leadership Program with Algerian usually takes place in the last two weeks of June or the second and third week in August. You can apply to host today (the application is valid for all of our youth programs) and we will contact you with exact program dates as soon as they become available.

Please email Program Manager Stacy Kinion at with questions or for hosting details.

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