Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP)

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The Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP) brings to Northern Illinois University (NIU) 24 Muslim and non-Muslim youth and 4 adult leaders from the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and surrounding areas from April 13 to May 11, 2013. NIU will deliver an intensive four-week U.S. exchange program focusing on the central themes of civic education, leadership, respect for diversity, and community engagement.  The theme for the program is “Environmental Leadership in the Philippines:  Developing Youth as Agents of Change and Ecological Activism”. 

NIU, through its partner institution in the Philippines – the AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines (AFS-IPP) – will recruit and select the participants from Mindanao, southern Philippines. The primary sub-theme will be environmental education and advocacy as a crucial element of leadership responsibility. 

The 15-month program starts August 2012 and ends October 2013.  It will include four phases: (1) A three-day Pre-departure Orientation. (2) A four-week U.S.-based Exchange Program on responsible citizenship, community activism, leadership development, respect for diversity, and action plan development. (3) Implementation of community service projects in Mindanao. The Project will provide mini-grants for the community projects designed by the participants.  (4) A Follow-on Program for the alumni to reinforce values and skills learned during the exchange program at NIU and for them to present a progress report on their community project. It will be held at a designated site in Mindanao or in the Visayas.

The PYLP Year 10 will focus on creating a cadre of leaders with a strong sense of civic responsibility and commitment to community development, with specific understanding of the 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.  It also will empower them to become catalysts for social transformation. 

The Embassy of the United States in the Philippines is also a participating partner organization.

  • Project Director: Dr. Susan Russell
  • Administrative Director: Dr. Lina Davide Ong
  • Program Coordinator: Leslie Shive
  • Training Coordinator: Dr. Rey Ty
  • Full-Time Training Assistant: Srie Ramli
  • Part-Time Training Assistants: Hala Hweio, Saima Newaz-Karim
  • Partner Organization in the Philippines: AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines Foundation, Inc. (AFS IPP)

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State funds this project.

AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines Foundation, Inc. (AFS IPP)
Unit 1607 16/F Antel Global Corporate Center
No. 3 Doña Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center
1600 Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Telefax: 02-5842002
E-mail address:
Subject: PYLP 10 Adult Applicant