The project “Philippine Youth Leadership Program: Building a New Generation of Citizens as Catalysts for Social Change” will bring to NIU 22 Muslim and non-Muslim youth and 4 adult leaders from the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and surrounding provinces in the Philippines during the period April 17 to May 22, 2010.
The project includes three major phases: a five-week U.S.-based Exchange Program, implementation of community service action plans, and follow-on activities for the alumni. The goals of this exchange program are to build knowledge and skills in civic responsibility, leadership, community activism, and to introduce the participants to the broad nature of civil society and diversity in the United States.
The intensive five week program at NIU will focus on five key teaching modules: (1) civic responsibility, (2) community engagement and volunteerism; (3) leadership development; 4) diversity and conflict management, and (5) action plan development. This program not only provides new knowledge and experience to the participants but also prepares them for a lifetime of leadership and community service. The knowledge and the attitudinal changes this program intends to instill will empower them to become catalysts for social change in Mindanao.