MYLP is a six-week exchange program in the United States focused on civic education, community engagement, leadership development, and respect for diversity with a sub-theme of environmental sustainability.
The exchanges will take place in the last week of April 2023 and participants will implement follow-on projects in their home communities after the programs. The program welcome applications from both student participants and adult chaperones.
- Exchange activities will include site visits, workshops, interactive sessions, diplomacy simulations, leadership training, team-building exercises, study tours, and homestays with American families. Extracurricular activities including volunteer service opportunities and interactive site visits with relevant organizations in host communities will round out the program.
- The adult participants will have special sessions with adult peers designed to help foster leadership and civic education programs when they return home. Participants will develop a plan for a follow-on activity during the exchange and are expected to implement it in their school or community upon their return home. A three-day follow-on conference will take place in Yangon in August.
- Student participants must:
- Be between 16 – 19 years old as of April 1, 2023.
- Be high school or first-year college students currently enrolled in schools and universities in Myanmar.
- Have interest in civic action and community service.
- Have strong academic and social skills and have leadership potential.
- Have appropriate level of maturity, open-mindedness, and sociability for an international exchange program.
- Adult chaperones must:
- Be between 30 – 40 years old.
- Be teachers or community leaders who work with youth.
- Be proficient in English and hold a university degree.
- Have experience mentoring youth and demonstrate a commitment to working with young people and interested in their professional development.
- Be committed to working with MYLP participants after their return from the United States.
- Be committed to the goals and ideals of the program, including civic leadership, diversity, environmental sustainability and fostering positive regional and global interactions.