IYLEP 2014 American High School Student Application

Washington, District of Columbia
Friday, November 01, 2013

2014 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program
for High School Students and Adult Mentors

U.S. High School Student Application


IYLEP for High School Students and Adult Mentors is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and administered by World Learning.

Program Introduction and Application Instructions

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program is a youth leadership exchange program based in the United States for Iraqi and American teenagers ages 15-17 and several Iraqi adults. The program aims to develop a cadre of young adults in Iraq and the United States who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to community development, an awareness of current & global issues, strong interpersonal leadership skills, willingness to foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups in Iraq, and to promote mutual understanding, respect and collaboration between the United States and Iraq. 

Participants will be required to implement follow-on activities upon their return home that will help the participants stay in touch with each other, reflect on their experiences, and integrate that learning into their day-to-day lives at home. An important goal of the program is that the student leaders, now empowered, will train other student leaders through student led community oriented service projects.

The goals of the program are to:

1) enable the participants to understand civic participation and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy;

2) develop leadership skills among high school students and adult leaders appropriate to their needs;

3) foster understanding and build relationships across ethnic, religious, and national groups; and

4) promote mutual understanding between the people of Iraq and the United States.

What is covered?

There is no application fee for applicants. No one should be requesting a payment for you to ensure a spot on the program - it is a scam if someone tries to do that.

The United States Government, in conjunction with its private partners, will pay for international transportation to and from the United States, orientations, program and visa fees and administration, site visits and seminars, lodging and meals, some cultural activities, educational materials, accident and sickness insurance, and a modest amount of pocket money.  Participants will stay with volunteer host families and in conference centers.

Participants are responsible for expenses related to the application process (copying, mailing, photographs, etc.), passport fees, and spending money for souvenirs and other items in the United States.

Who is eligible to apply?

Student applicants must:

  • be at least 15 years old but not more than 17 years old at the time of the program in summer 2014;
  • have completed at least one year of high school before the start of the program in July 2014 and must have one year of high school remaining following their return home;
  • have a high school graduation year of 2015 or later;
  • have permission from either a parent or legal guardian to participate in the exchange program in the United States; and
  • have citizenship and current residency in the United States;
  • have not participated nor traveled on an ECA-funded program within one academic year or the last three years, respectively; and
  • not be related ECA Youth Programs Division staff member nor of an employee of an organization responsible for implementing IYLEP 2014.

Applications are being accepted from the following metropolitan areas for the program (July 22 - August 20, 2014):

Brattleboro, Vermont
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
Portland, Oregon
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Washington, District of Columbia

How to Apply?
  • Eligibility: Make sure that you are eligible to apply
  • Understand the Online Application: Read the instructions to fill out and submit the online application
  • Required Documents: Submit the online application and the required documents

What are the criteria for selection?

Students will be evaluated on the following characteristics:

  • a demonstrated interest in and commitment to volunteer and civic activities;
  • ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and tolerate the opinions of others;
  • leadership potential;
  • good social and communication skills;
  • good academic performance;
  • an energetic, positive attitude; and
  • ability to implement projects that benefit the applicant’s school and/or community. 

Required Documents to be submitted with the Application

The online application will ask you to upload the following documents:

  • Signed Parent/Guardian Permission Form
  • Two Letters of Recommendation uploaded by you directly to your application or uploaded by your recommender to http://iylep.tumblr.com/usdocs. At least one letter should be written by a teacher. The other letter can be by a teacher, coach, or any other adult that is not related to you.
    Click here to download the letter of recommendation form.

Selection Process

  • Individuals that make it past the initial application review by our panel will be contacted for an interview in December 2013 or January 2014; applicants in different cities may be contacted for interviews at different times;

  • Due to large quantity of applications received, it is not possible to inform all applicants of their status. Thus, applicants can assume that they were not chosen if they have not been contacted by World Learning by January 2014;

  • Additional questions should be emailed to iylep@worldlearning.org.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about the application or program?  Please click the Questions (FAQ) tab at the top of the page.

Contact Information

  • Application Deadline
    December 15, 2013
© 2019
Quick, easy and affordable online event registration and event management software for all event sizes.