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


Application schedule for Algerian Youth Leadership Program 2020:

We are no longer accepting applications for Algerian Youth Participants for the 2020 program. The application period for the 2021 program will begin in October, 2020.

American Youth participant: December 16, 2019-January 13, 2020


Youth with American citizenship, please check this web page starting December 16, 2019 for program participation requirements and access to the application.

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 15-July 8, 2020, with an orientation in Algiers from June 12-14, 2020. The program will employ an 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, the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy and the role that social enterprises play in a community. The program is highly academic and provides participants with the skills to complete a required post-program service project in their local communities.

History of the Algerian Youth Leadership Program

For 10 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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