Youth Leadership Program with Japan & South Korea U.S. Student Application

Washington, District of Columbia
Monday, January 05, 2015


Youth Leadership Program with
Japan and South Korea


August, 2015

U.S. Student Application


Youth Leadership Program with Japan & South Korea U.S. Student Application
Monday, January 05, 2015 -
Monday, March 02, 2015 11:59 PM (Eastern Time)

1015 15th St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
United States

The Youth Leadership Program with Japan and South Korea for high school students and adult mentors is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassies in Japan and South Korea and administered by World Learning.

Youth Leadership Program with 
Japan and South Korea

August, 2015

U.S. High School Student Application

Application Deadline

February 11, 2015 11:59 PM
(Eastern Standard Time)

Program Introduction and Application Instructions

The Youth Leadership Program with Japan & South Korea is a three week youth leadership exchange during August 2015 based in Tahoe, NV; Chicago, IL; Seattle, WA; and Washington D.C. for 16-18 year old girls from Japan, South Korea and the United States. 16 girls from Japan and South Korea (8 from each country) will be joined by local girls from Tahoe, Chicago, and Seattle (6 in each city).  The U.S. girls will join the program in their home city as daytime participants.  The program aims to develop a cadre of young adults in Japan, South Korea and the United States who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to community development, an awareness of current and global issues, strong interpersonal leadership skills, willingness to foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups in Japan, South Korea and the United States, and to promote mutual understanding, respect and collaboration between the United States and East Asia.  

Program Sponsors and Partners:

  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Youth Programs Division
  • U.S. Embassy in Japan
  • U.S. Embassy in South Korea
  • World Learning
  • Global Ties partners: Chicago & Seattle 


The goals of the program are to:

1)      To promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States, Japan & South Korea; 

2)      Inspire a sense of civic responsibility and commitment to community development among youth;

3)      Develop leadership skills and community service skills among youth appropriate to their needs; and

4)      Foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, national groups.

Program Design:

World Learning is recruiting U.S. high school aged girls to participate in the Youth Leadership Program with Japan and South Korea.  The U.S. participants will join for day-time programming during program segments in Tahoe, NV; Chicago, IL; and Seattle, WA.  Girls recruited from Tahoe will participate in 3 days of programming during August 5th, 6th and 7th, 2015. Girls recruited from Chicago and Seattle will participate in 5 days of programming from August 10-14th, 2015. All U.S. participants will be invited to join in online virtual programming before and after the August program. More details will be available upon final selection of participants.

What is covered?

There is no application fee for applicants.  Meals and activities that take place during the program will be covered by program funds. 

Who is eligible to apply?

U.S. Student applicants must:

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be at least 16 years old and not more than 18 years old at the time of the exchange (birth years between 1997-1999);
  • attend a public high school, a public charter high school, or home-schooled;
  • live within the area of one of the following program locations: Chicago, Tahoe, or Seattle;
  • have permission from both parents or legal guardians to participate in the three or five day program (3 Days –Tahoe, 5 days – Chicago or Seattle); and
  • submit a complete application including: essays, letters of recommendation, and  parent/guardian consent form.


  • Students who attend private high school


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; and
  • an energetic, positive attitude.

Selection Process

  • Applications will be reviewed by World Learning
  • Semi-finalists will be contacted by World Learning for an interview.
  • Due to large quantity of applications received, it is not possible to inform all applicants of their status
  • Additional questions should be emailed to


Required Documents to be submitted with a completed Application (please attach all documents to the same submission email – unless references will be submitting letters separately)

Note: Any documents sent to must reference the applicant's Full Name and document type in the subject line of the email. For example, "Carolina Silva, Completed Application"

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.

To apply, please click on the Online Instructions tab at the top of this page.

Thank you for your interest in the program and good luck with your application!



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