Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP)

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs U. S. Department of State through the
Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, U.S.A,)
in partnership with the
will conduct the
11th Philippine Youth Leadership Program:
Environmental Leadership in the Philippines: Developing Youth as Agents of Change
and Ecological Activism

A four-week U.S.-based exchange program on responsible citizenship, community service leadership and action plan development from

April 12-May 10, 2014

This program is open to 24 Lumad, Moro and Christian third year high school or first year college students, aged 15-17 (must be at least 15 and no older than 17 by April 12, 2014); and to four adult leaders (must be no older than 35 by April 12, 2014) from the ARMM and surrounding provinces.  Participants will attend programs on: civic responsibility; community engagement; environmental advocacy and activism; volunteerism and service learning; leadership development and transformation; diversity, tolerance and conflict management and; action plan development. The program will take place in the DeKalb, Chicago area, and in Washington, D.C.

Criteria for youth participants:

    1. Demonstrated leadership skills; must be at least 15 years old and not more than 17 years old by April 12, 2014
    2. Active in community service and in outreach or related activities
    3. Good academic performance;
    4. Will attend the program's Follow-on Activities;
    5. Can speak, read and write in English;
    6. Character references and letter of institutional endorsement and support; and
    7. No previous significant travel to the U.S. on a U.S. government-sponsored program.

Criteria for adult participants:

Preferably high school teachers, administrators and/or NGO or community leaders working with the youth, have demonstrated interest in environmental advocacy, and who are not over 35 years old by April 12, 2014.

    1. Active in environment-related activities or community outreach projects;
    2. Active in projects related to training youth to be responsible citizens
    3. Will attend the program's Follow-on Activities;
    4. Good English language skills;
    5. Character references and letter of institutional endorsement and support; and
    6. No previous significant travel to the U.S. on a U.S. government-sponsored program.

Printouts or soft copies of the application forms are available through the regional coordinator or lead regional coordinator.  Please call or SMS, or send an email requesting for the Student Participant form or for the Adult Participant form.  APPLICATIONS MAY ALSO BE DOWNLOADED FROM:


Applications must be submitted by mail or email (with forms and all attachments scanned) to the regional coordinator on or before December 8, 2013.

Cotabato City and Maguindanao Province
   Dr. Alfred B Taboada
   Email: / Phone # (0918) 579 5835
   Address: Dean, STI College, Dorotheo St., Cotabato City

North Cotabato, South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat
   Al Quillope
   Email: / Phone #: (0921) 560 0702
   Address: Notre Dame of Marbel University
   Koronadal City, South Cotabato

   Dr. Susana Anayatin

General Santos City and Sarangani Province
   Allan S Remedios
   Email: / Phone #: (0918) 531 2305
   Address: c/o Holy Trinity College
   Daproza Avenue, General Santos City

Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Bukidnon, Zamboanga del Sur and  Zamboanga Sibugay
   Mona Lisa Pangan
   Email: / Phone #:  (0906) 441 1509
   Address: Campus Ministries Office, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan
   9000 Cagayan de Oro City

Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Basilan
   Aldrin  Abdurahim
   Email: / Phone #:  (0927) 863 9485
   Address: Office of the Student Regent
   Western Mindanao State University
   Baliwasan 7000 Zamboanga City

Davao City, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur & Davao Oriental
   Jana Jean Dacobor
   Email:  / Phone #:  (0917) 716 9023
   Address: Bishops-Ulama Conference
   Carpenters Building, Matina 8000 Davao City

   Victoria Bat-og

Lead Regional Coordinator
   Dr. Lourdes Tolod
   Email: / Phone #:  (0917) 716 9292
   Address: School of Education, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan
   9000 Cagayan de Oro City


  1. Applicants in the short list will be directly notified on the date, location and venue of the final interview.
  2. Applicants who have family members (father, mother, sister or brother) and cousins within the first degree of consanguinity who have participated in any US Department of State sponsored grants are no longer qualified to participate in this program.
  3. Only qualified candidates (finalists & alternates) who pass the in-person interviews of PYLP, will be notified in December 2013 and requested to furnish additional “finalist documents” to Dr. Lourdes Tolod on or before February 10, 2014, as follows:
       a) Scanned or photocopy of immunization record and medical certificate
       b) Scanned or photocopy AND original Philippine passport
           (apply at the regional DFA)
       c) Scanned or photocopy AND original Travel Order
           (for government employees)
       d) 2 pcs. 2” x 2” U.S. visa-sized ID photo on white background taken
           in January 2014
           (“do-it-yourself” photo printing will not be acceptable.)
  4. For any inquiries and concerns re: PYLP application, etc. please send an email to Dr. Lourdes Tolod   Email:   Subject: PYLP 11 Inquiry