Current Programs

Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP)

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State through Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, U.S.A.), in partnership with FILIPINO Foundation, Inc., will conduct the 15th Philippine Youth Leadership Program: Engaging Young Advocates in Environmental Preservation & Peacebuilding.

This is a four-week U.S.-based exchange program on responsible citizenship, community service leadership and action plan development from April 7-May 4, 2018.

PYLP15 will bring to NIU 24 secondary school students and four adult leaders from diverse spectrums (ethnic, religious, geographic) of the autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and surrounding areas to participate in an intensive four-week U.S. exchange program from April 7 to May 4, 2018. The program focuses on the central theme of civic education, leadership development, respect for diversity and community engagement. The sub-themes will be environmental awareness and peacebuilding, recognizing that the Muslim, Christian and indigenous youth of Mindanao are centrally important to building a new future for this conflict-torn area of the Philippines.

PYLP 15 will focus on creating a cadre of leaders with a strong sense of civic responsibility and commitment to community development with specific understanding of global importance of environmental advocacy and the role of youth as agents of ecological change. This proposed program not only provides new knowledge and experience to the 28 participants but also prepares them for a lifetime of leadership and community service in Mindanao. The exchange program will take place in DeKalb, the Chicago area and in Washington, D.C.