Indonesia Future Leaders Program (IFLP)

The Indonesia Future Leaders Program (IFLP) brings to the International Training Office of Northern Illinois University 16 youth and adult leaders from Indonesia from September 16 to 30, 2012.

Globalization drastically changes institutional arrangements, roles and patterns of interaction among global citizens. Along with the changes, globalization brings to fore various challenges and opportunities that require better quality of human resources to be able to play positive roles in the process of globalization. The challenges and opportunities of globalization are widely open to more than 100 million young Indonesians – those are students of productive ages -who are expected to become agents of change for the country. To respond to the change, young Indonesians need to leverage their capacity and understanding through at least three fields: first, widening access to formal and informal education; second, building youth character that base on local and national cultural roots, yet at the same time is aware of international interchange in order for them to contribute to the global processes; and third, ability to develop leadership skill that turns to play as significant variable in responding to those challenges and opportunities.

The program will be implemented through attitudinal, structural and cultural ways. Through these methods, youth participants can enlarge their capability and authority to make decisions and implement change in their own life and the lives of other people in their community. The program will highlight the importance aspect of character and values development that are needed for effective and positive leadership. 

The program will cover the following subjects:

  1. Skill development: the purpose of the topic is to help youth participants to develop skills that enable them to actively participate in the area of public sector and civil society. Topics will include but not limited to community organizing, facilitation skills, public campaign, the strategic role of media, the importance of data collection and its use in public policy making process. Outcome of the topic will be that participants will understand the flow of the processes and how to effectively use them to make decision, interact with peers and become community facilitators (increase youth activism).
  2. Development of positive values and attitudes.
  3. Intercultural communication.
  4. Creative and critical thinking.
  5. Exposure to community organizations.
  • Project Director: Dr. Lina 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
  • In-Country Institution: Indonesia MOTIV (Ikhsyat Syukur, Founder and Director)
  • In-Country Program Director: Dini Savitri Rahim

For more information, call NIU International Training Office, Division of International Programs (815) 753-9547.