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Oregon High School Students: Sign Up for the Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program Today!

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Are you interested in learning about other countries?  Want to promote peace and understanding across cultures?  Then apply for the Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program!

In partnership with World Learning, the World Affairs Council is recruiting Oregon high school students for the Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program (DYLEP), an online exchange program for teens in Iraq and the United States.

Taking place from June to August 2017, the DYLEP online exchange will connect over 200 Iraqi and American teens, helping them develop their leadership skills, build mutual understanding across cultures, and design concrete projects to address issues in their communities. Through videos, discussion forums, online chats, webinars, and games, participants will both grow as leaders and exchange opinions and ideas about current global issues with other participants in Iraq and the US.

Started in 2016, DYLEP is a program funded by the Stevens Initiative, a partnership aimed to increase exchanges between youth in the US and the Middle East. Since DYLEP is an online program, it does not involve any travel.  Iraqi and American youth connect using online platforms including videos, webinars, discussion forums, and group calls. Students can participate from anywhere and structure the work around their own schedules.

US applicants must be 15-18 years old and have completed at least one year of high school at the start of the program in June 2017, and have a high school graduation year of 2018 or later.  There is no cost or application fee to participate.

Applications are due March 15, 2017. Visit to apply!

Download a flier to share with your friends and students HERE.

DYLEP is sponsored by the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative (Stevens Initiative), the US Department of State, and the Bezos Family Foundation.

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