Algeria Youth Leadership Program

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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

2020 Algerian Youth Leadership Program

American Youth Participant Application

Written Application Period: December 16, 2019 - January 13, 2020
Video Interview Period: January 17-27, 2020

This application is free of charge and may be duplicated

Algerian Youth Leadership Program
Date: June 16, 2020 - July 8, 2020

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 (see sample calendar) Link to Sample calendar here.
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 16- July 8, 2020. 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.

Eligibility requirements:
• Be a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior;
• Be between the ages of 15 and 17 on June 16, 2020;
• Be a U.S. citizen and reside in the United States;
• 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.

Instructions for completing the Youth Leadership Program, American Youth Participant Application

Note: These instructions describe the processes used to apply for all of our youth programs. You will indicate which program you are applying to on the online Written Application. Youth can apply to more than one youth program and will indicate their program preference later in the application process. Please note that this is a preference and that you may not be selected for your top program choice.

The application consists of two (2) parts: an online Written Application and an online Video Interview. The information you provide in the written and video portions of the application will be used to select semifinalists for this program. Please read all instructions and answer all questions carefully and completely.

Part one - Online Written Application
Follow these steps to complete the online Written Application by midnight (PST) on January 13, 2020:

1. Print, complete and scan the following three (3) documents. These must be uploaded to your online application:

• Letters of Recommendation - two (2) typed and hand-signed letters of recommendation on the form below. We highly recommend that the two people that write these letters know you well and 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 

Youth Leadership Program Youth Participant Signature Page - one (1) hand-signed 2020 Youth Leadership Programs Youth Participant Signature Page.

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

2020 Youth Leadership Programs Youth Signature Page 

2. Complete the personal information and essay questions asked on the online application, upload the two (2) required Letters of Recommendation and the Signature Page, and submit your application by midnight (PST) on January 13, 2020.

Note: You can access the application to view the information required multiple times, 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 two (2) required Letters of Recommendation and the Signature Page before filling out the application.

2020 Youth Leadership Program American Youth Participant Application

Part Two - Video Interview
Follow these steps to complete the video interview between January 17 - 27, 2020.

Note: The computer you use to complete your video interview must have a camera and microphone. You must use Google Chrome (recommended) or Internet Explorer as a browser. Please make sure to complete the interview in a quiet environment where the selection panel will be able to clearly hear your answers.

1. If your online Written Application is found complete and you meet all eligibility standards, you will be emailed a link to the Video Interview portion of the application on January 17, 2020. The Video Interview is not live; you will record and submit your answers, so you can complete it anytime January 17 - 27, 2020. Please start the video interview process as soon as possible in case you experience technical difficulties and need support. We cannot extend the Video Interview deadline due to technical difficulties.

Note: The deadline for the Video Interview portion of the application is NOT January 13 2020. This is only the deadline for the online Written Application. The deadline to submit the Video Interview is midnight (PST) on January 27, 2020.

2. Completely answer the four (4) video interview questions in English. You will have two (2) attempts to answer each question (if you don't like your first answer, you can re-record once).

Your 2020 Youth Leadership Program application will only be considered complete once you have submitted both the online application (with the correctly completed and uploaded documents) and the video interview application by the indicated deadlines.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Period for the online Written Application: December 16-January 13, 2020
Period for the online Video Interview: January 17 - 27, 2020

Please send any inquiries regarding the application process to Ms. Stacy Kinion at

History of the Algerian Youth Leadership Program

For 12 consecutive years, NNIC has hosted 28 Algerian secondary school students and educators as part of the Algeria Youth Leadership Program (AYLP). The four-week U.S-based cultural exchange program, focuses on the primary themes of civic education, youth leadership development, respect for diversity, and community engagement.  Participants will engage in a variety of activities, such as workshops on leadership and service, community site visits related to the program themes, interactive training and discussion groups, small group work, presentations, local cultural activities, and homestays with American families, among other activities. The program will be intensive, academic, and highly interactive to the end that participants develop their skills in order to be effective leaders in their schools and communities. The Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Northern Nevada International Center. The students will be immersed in the culture of Reno while they work with journalism students attending the University of Nevada, local consultants and community businesses and organizations. As a follow-on activity, Algerian participants will be tasked with creating a service project for their home community as a way to reinforce their learning. Additionally, the NNIC will plan several activities for the participants to learn about the culture and history of Nevada and the United States. 

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in conjunction with its private partners,  pay for ground transportation to and from Algiers, international transportation to and from the United States, orientations and workshops, program fees and administration, site visits and seminars, lodging and most meals, some cultural activities, educational materials, and accident and sickness insurance coverage. Participants stay with volunteer host families while in Reno. 

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