2021 American Youth Leadership Program youth participant application 

Northern Nevada International Center and Action Bénévole pour la Citoyenneté & le Développement
A Program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State and the United States Embassy Algeria

Application Period: February 1 – March 1, 2021 

This application is free of charge and may be duplicated.

Program description

Date: June 21, 2021 – July 14, 2021

Note: Students are expected to participate in all program activities throughout the course of the program, so they should keep their schedules open for the allotted time. This will include ten days of overnight travel. View a sample calendar.

Location: Reno, Nevada and Washington, D.C.

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 will take place in Reno, Nevada and Washington, DC from June 21- July 14, 2021. The program will employ 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. Upon your arrival in Reno, NV, this program is fully funded by the U.S. Department of State.

The safety of participants and our communities is our number one priority. In-person exchange is contingent upon the stabilization of the pandemic, the easing of travel restrictions and the safety of travel.

Eligibility requirements

  • 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.

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.

American youth application instructions

The application consists of an online Written Application. The information you provide in the written application will be used to select semifinalists for this program. Please read all instructions and answer all questions carefully and completely.

Online written application

Follow these steps to complete the online Written Application by midnight (PST) on March 1, 2021

  1. Print, complete and scan the following documents. These must be uploaded to your online application:
    1. Letter(s) of Recommendation – one (1) letter of recommendation is required—you can submit up to two (2). Letters of recommendation must be typed on the form below and hand-signed. We highly recommend that the person or people who write these letters know you in a professional, school or volunteer setting. Some examples of appropriate recommenders are:
      • Teachers
      • School administration
      • Club advisors or coaches
      • Work or internship supervisors

We DO NOT recommend that you ask a family member or friend to write a letter for you. 

Letter of recommendation template

  1. Youth Leadership Program American Youth Participant Signature Page - one (1) hand-signed 2021 Youth Leadership Programs Youth Participant Signature Page.

Note: Both you and your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must sign (by hand or a digital signature) this form. Names typed on a computer will not be accepted.

2021 Youth Leadership Program American youth signature page

Complete the personal information and essay questions asked on the online application (Note:  you can access the application to view the information required multiple times and see and prepare the essay questions, but once you begin to fill out the form, you cannot save your answers to go back later.  Therefore, you must complete and scan the required Letter(s) of Recommendation and the Signature Page before filling out the application), then upload the required Letter(s) of Recommendation and the Signature Page. You must submit your completed application by midnight (PST) on March 1, 2021.   

Youth Leadership Program, American Youth participant application (Link)

2021 Youth Leadership Program American Youth Participant Application

Application Period: February 1 to March 1, 2021

Please send any inquiries regarding the application process to  aylpyouth@nnic.org