August 5 – 19, 2018
Theme: Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
Language: All students speak English
The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) brings English-speaking Iraqi secondary school students to the U.S. for a four-week summer exchange to explore themes of leadership development, civic rights and responsibilities, respect for diversity, and community engagement. The will be Louisville’s ELEVENTH cohort since the program’s inception in 2007!
Participants on this U.S. Department of State-funded program are between the ages of 15 and 17 and are recruited from all provinces in Iraq. Iraqi adult mentors who accompany the students are educators and/or community leaders who work with youth and have demonstrated an interest in promoting youth leadership and social development. Competitively-selected American students also join Iraqi participants in all U.S. activities.
The program continues after the U.S.-based exchange with follow-on activities in the participants’ home communities, including alumni activities focused on leadership development.
Read what one of our host families had to say!
“As a three time host parent of students in this program I highly recommend this experience. Getting to know these children and follow them in their endeavors to better their communities back home is so rewarding. Our family has maintained contact with all of our children. They never cease to amaze. I am proud to be a part of fostering these relationships. I feel it is an important step for this and future generations.” – Kelly
Worried about transportation and logistics? World Affairs Council helps with that!
World Affairs Council Provides:
- Professional and cultural programming
- All necessary transportation to and from meetings
- All in-home orientation for hosts
- Orientation and cultural programming for visitors
- Provide a private sleeping area (students may share rooms but need separate beds)
- Include the guest(s) in breakfast and dinner
- Share your city with them!