Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program (DYLEP)

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Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program (DYLEP) is an online exchange program for high school students in Iraq and the United States.

Started in 2016, DYLEP is a program funded by the Stevens Initiative, a partnership aimed to increase exchanges between youth in the U.S. and the Middle East. Selected students will participate in DYLEP completely free of charge, and learn using videos, discussion forums, online chats, webinars, and games. Students will also meet online in small groups to develop their leadership skills, learn how to work together with people of diverse backgrounds, and design concrete projects to address issues in their home communities.

Instructions for the Applicant

1) To apply for DYLEP, you need two (2) completed recommendation forms. At least one recommendation form should be completed by a teacher. The other form can be completed by a teacher or an adult reference.

2) Fill out the information of at least one (1) parent or legal guardian below. Then, print this form out and have your parent or legal guardian sign it by hand. Then, scan it and upload it to your application.

All applicants must submit a signed Permission Form to participate in DYLEP. Without a signed permission form, the application will not be considered.

3.) Click the Apply Now Button and upload recommendation and permission forms.

1.) Student Permission Form

2.) Student Recommendation Form


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Program Details:

Secondary school students from the US will connect to Iraqi secondary school students via online platforms. This exchange program focuses on enhancing leadership skills, learning how to work together with people of diverse backgrounds, and designing concrete projects to address issues in their home communities. Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program (DYLEP) is made up five different modules. In the first section, participants explore personalities and leadership skills, and begin framing the problem they are trying to solve in their local communities. In the second module, participant explore efforts that are currently being implemented to address their global issue of choice. They then conduct research to learn about the issues in greater depth. By the third segment, participants have learned about the importance of digital communications and citizenship, which is highly relevant to skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. After the participants have narrowed down the focus of their projects, they discover the work of important civil society organizations in the fourth module, and come up with innovative solutions for the problems they are trying to solve and begin storyboarding. In the final unit, participants put together what they have learned over the last four modules and draft concrete action plans.  To complete the program, participants have to submit their action plans for review.

Information for Participants:

DYLEP is a virtual exchange program, which means that during the program, Iraqi and American youth connect using online platforms. Program activities are all online, and include videos, webinars, discussion forums, and group calls. (There is no travel!). If selected, a participant will about 2-4 hours on DYLEP each week over the course of the program.


  • be at least 15 years old but not more than 18 years old at the time of June 1, 2017;
  • have completed at least one year of high school before the start of the program in June 2017;
  • have a high school graduation year of 2018 or later;
  • have permission from a legal guardian to participate in the exchange program online;
  • reside in the United States


Applications are now open for Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program (DYLEP). You can find an information packet, complete with parental permission and recommendation forms below. Please have these complete before attempting to submit an application as it must be completed in one sitting.


Also listed is the tentative interview schedule for Semi Finalists. More information will be provided after Semi Finalists are selected.

March 15st - Applications are due

April 4th - El Dorado and Nevada County Semi Finalist Interviews

April 6th - Story and Lyon County Semi Finalist Interviews

April 11th - Washoe County Semi Finalist Interviews

April 13nd - Douglas and Churchill County Semi Finalist Interviews

April 18th - Carson County Semi Finalist Interviews

April 20th - Humboldt, Pershing and Elko Semi Finalist Interviews

End of April - Semi Finalist Considerations submitted


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World Learning is a nonprofit organization empowering people and strengthening institutions through education, sustainable development, and exchange programs in more than 60 countries.


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The Stevens Initiative is a multilateral public-private partnership designed to increase people-to-people exchange between youth in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa.