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Office of International Development

A Division of the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

Current OID Projects

On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP)

Indiana University’s Office of International Development has been awarded six Youth Leadership Programs (YLP) over a three year project cycle (2015-2018) funded by The Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) within the U.S. Department of State as part of a $1.2M On-Demand Youth Leadership Program. Alumni of ECA exchanges from over 160 countries compromise over 350 million current or former heads of state and government. More information on ECA’s programs can be found at exchanges.state.gov.
During their time in Bloomington, participants stay with host families, encouraging immersion into US lifestyle. Program sessions offer a wide variety of hands-on and interactive learning, including a service learning project at Harmony School, conflict resolution workshop hosted by IU’s PACE program, and tours of Bloomington based non-profits Teacher’s Warehouse and Hoosier Hills Foodbank.

These programs help promoting the ECA’s as well as Indiana University’s objectives of international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, and professional exchange programs. Additionally, the programs offer a wide variety of hands-on experiences for young leaders to promote social responsibility, environmental stewardship, critical journalism, and fundamental leadership skills that will position participants as community leaders in their evolving countries.
An in-country follow-on workshop 6-9 months post the US-based exchange in order for participants to discuss their post-program engagement and work together to continue implementing relevant and sustainable projects, IU team travels to the respective countries meeting with participants to deepen their understanding of key program themes in a local context, complete a group service learning project, and support their community initiatives through a seed funding proposal process. Once again Indiana University team help bring participants to work together to implement appropriate and sustainable community projects.

University of Pristina Mongolia Youth Leadership Program

On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP) with Indonesia

The third Youth Leadership Program hosted 17 students and 2 adult chaperones from 5 different regions throughout Indonesia, including Jailolo, Ternate, Lampung, Kudus, and Magelang, surveying topics of leadership, project management, diversity, and good governance. Bloomington and the IU campus continue to serve as excellent resources for these important topics and offer participants a wide range of experts and models to study and explore in hopes of improving their own communities through civic engagement.

On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP) with Caucasus

The YLP with the Caucasus brought 10 high school students from Azerbaijan and 10 high school students from Georgia, each accompanied by one adult chaperone from their respective countries. During the exchange period, the participants were exposed to the American way of life by being hosted by a community of families in Bloomington, Indiana; engaged in leadership, community service, and project management skills training; and visited museums and monuments of cultural significance in Indianapolis and Washington D.C. Their exchange program sessions focused on entrepreneurship, volunteerism, community service, and youth leadership development.

On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP) with Mongolia

20 youth and 3 adults from Mongolia will visit the Bloomington campus, Indianapolis, and Washington D.C. to study leadership, diversity and civic engagement over the course of four weeks. The Mongolian United States Student Envoy (MUSE) focuses on democracy with specific emphasis on youth participation while providing a wide variety of hands-on experiences for young leaders to promote social responsibility, democratic environmental stewardship, critical journalism, and fundamental leadership skills, positioning participants as community leaders in their evolving country.

On-Demand Youth Leadership Program (ODYLP) with Italy

As the first of six youth leadership programs 21 youth and 3 adults from Southern Italy (Sicily) came to the IU campus for the study of leadership, diversity, and civic engagement. The Youth Leadership Program with Italy (YLPI) focused on community inclusiveness with specific emphasis on topics of immigration. Additionally, participants were put through a series of team building activities designed to foster a strong sense of group unity. In an effort to bridge the topic of Refugee and Immigrant Integration and civic engagement, 3 graduate student were invited to speak to the group on their involvement in drafting a resolution with the Bloomington City Council on the city’s stance on welcoming refugees.

2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship

$145,000

Mandela Washington Fellows Program for Young African LeadersThe Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In 2017, OID welcomed 25 of the 1000 selected Fellows for a Civic Leadership Institute. Fellows, from 20 different countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa, use this opportunity to propel their professional and civic careers further, bolstering their network of like-minded professionals and academics and further honing in on their leadership and practical skills through hands-on, skills based programming.

IU’s efforts in implementing the Fellowship brings together faculty, practitioners and resources from the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs and several schools: the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the Kelley School of Business, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the School of Global and International Studies and the Maurer School of Law. Other local partners include Cook Medical Inc., Ivy Tech Community College, Sagamore Institute and many other local and community organizations.

Become a Peer CollaboratorPeople are invited to join the conversation on Twitter about the Young African Leaders Initiative using the hashtag #YALI2016.

 

 

Beyond Borders: A Workshop of Filmmaking across the Punjab Region

2016-2017

$149,994

Beyond Borders: A Workshop of Filmmaking across Punjab RegionWith support from the U.S. Embassy, “Beyond Borders: A Workshop of Filmmaking across the Punjab Region” will bring together 30 participants, 15 each from India and Pakistan Punjab region, to work together on conceptualizing, writing, and producing short films during a three-week visit in May 2017 to Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A. Participants will be engaged in American life through field trips and visit communities around the state of Indiana, learning about the diversity within America but also learning about each other in the process. The workshop is designed to develop filmmaking skills (camera and editing) and engage participants in making their own short films in small mixed groups of Indian/Pakistani members. In this collaborative exploration, there is the potential for participants to discover common ground, cross cultural, political and geographic barriers, and form a foundation of understanding that will have lasting impact in the Punjab region upon their return.

Punjab Region – Participant Portal »

Youth Leadership Program with Myanmar (MYLP)

2014-2019

$420,000

Burma participants group photo 2014The Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) with the Department of State has awarded Indiana University $326,406 to manage a student exchange program for three cohorts of youth leaders in Myanmar. The Youth Leadership Program with Myanmar (MYLP) offers a wide variety of hands-on experiences for young leaders as a means to promote civic engagement, social responsibility, and fundamental leadership skills that will position participants as community leaders in their evolving country.

Student activity includes a series of events around campus and the community visiting Indiana University departments such as the Indiana Daily Student to learn more about media consumption and journalism as well as local grassroots and national non-profit organizations such as United Way and Goodwill Inc. Discussions on human rights, diversity and sustainability are led by university and community leaders to encourage social responsibility and engagement with current and relevant issues facing these participants. In-country follow-on workshops are held with participants to discuss post-program activity and work together to implement appropriate and sustainable community projects.
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