Youth Leadership Program with Algeria

Due to the ongoing global medical crisis, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has decided to suspend the in-person 2020 Youth Leadership Program with 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, the program participants and our staff.  

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.

Below you will find general information about the program and the opportunities for participation. We will update this page with relevant program and application dates as soon as they become available, so please check back frequently.

Program description

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.

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 skinion@nnic.org with questions or for hosting details.

Learn more about home hosting

American youth applicants

The application period for American youth wishing to participate in the 2021 Youth Leadership Program with Algeria is scheduled to take place in Winter 2020/2021. Please continue to visit our website for deadlines and program details.

Eligibility requirements for American youth applicants

  • Be a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior currently enrolled at a U.S. high school; 
  • Be a U.S. citizen and reside in the United States;
  • will be 15, 16 or 17 years old on or before the start date of the 2021 program (in June 2021 – exact date to be announced as soon as possible) 
  • 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.

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.

Algerian youth applicants

The application period for Algerian youth wishing to participate in the 2021 Youth Leadership Program with Algeria is scheduled to take place in Fall 2020. Please continue to visit our website for deadlines and program details.

Eligibility requirements for Algerian youth applicants

  • Are a legal citizen of Algeria
  • Will be 15, 16 or 17 years old on or before the start date of the 2021 program (in June 2021 – exact date to be announced as soon as possible)
  • Have demonstrated English skills, sufficient for understanding academic discussion and everyday social interactions 
  • 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 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 
  • Do 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

Algerian adult applicants

The application period for Algerian adults wishing to participate in the 2021 Youth Leadership Program with Algeria is scheduled to take place in Fall 2020. Please continue to visit our website for deadlines and program details.

Eligibility requirements for Algerian adult applicants

  • Are legal citizens of Algeria
  • Work actively mentoring youth in their professional or volunteer activities 
  • Are community leaders 
  • Have excellent English
  • Are 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.)
  • Are committed to the goals and ideals of the program, including civic leadership, diversity and fostering regional and global interactions
  • Are not 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 

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.

How to apply

The application process will be provided on this webpage in the Fall/Winter of 2020.  Please continue to check back for details.

The Youth Leadership Program with Algeria is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State and the United States Embassy Algeria and is coordinated by the Northern Nevada International Center with assistance from Action Bénévole pour la Citoyenneté & le Développement.