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
13th Philippine Youth Leadership Program:
Engaging Young Advocates in Environmental Preservation & Peacebuilding.

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

April 9-May 6, 2014

PYLP13 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 9 to May 6, 2016. focusing 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 13 will focus on creating a cadre of leaders with 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.

Criteria for youth participants:

  1. Demonstrated leadership skills; must be at least 15 years old and not more than 17 years old by April 9, 2016
  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 9, 2016.

  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 November 25, 2015.

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

General Santos City and Sarangani Province
Allan Remedios
Email: / Phone # (0998) 860 9030
Holy Trinity College, Gen. Santos City

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

Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Bukidnon, Caraga Region
Mona Lisa Pangan
Email: / Phone #:  (0906) 441 1509
Campus Ministries Office, Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City 9000

Jana Jean Dacobor
Email: / Phone #:  (0917) 716 9023
Door 2 Silatan Apt. Zone 3, Bagong Silang Highway
9200 Iligan City

Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Basilan
Cecille Ancheta La Plana
Email: / Phone #: (0927) 57819142
Purok Orchids, Tirso Babiera Dr., African Daisy St.
Poblacion, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay 7001

Zamboanga del Sur
Mohamad Ali Esmael Ramber
Email: Phone # 0916-7341661
Purok Sunshine, Alano St., Santiago, Pagadian City

Coordinating Center:
Dr Lourdes Tolod
Email: / Phone #:  (0917) 716 9292
School of Education, Xavier University
Cagayan de Oro City 9000


  1. Shortlisted Applicants will be directly notified as to date and location 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 may be subject to disqualification.