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Welcome Message from Carol Jenkins
For more than 90 years, World Learning has equipped individuals and institutions to address the world’s most pressing problems. We believe that, working together with our partners, we can change this world for the better.
On my travels, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many of those who have joined us in this mission. In Baghdad, we’ve trained more than 2,300 Iraqi youth who are already giving back at home. In London, our partners in the TAAP Initiative strongly believe that we are all responsible to practice inclusion. And in Vermont, our Experiment in International Living and School for International Training participants prove every day that they have the tools and the determination to change the world.
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Program Area: Civic Engagement
Institute for Political and Civic Engagement in Myanmar
Leaders Advancing Democracy (LEAD) Mongolia Program
Youth Leadership & Civic Engagement
From 2014-2016, World Learning implemented the U.S. Department of State-funded Developing Youth Leadership and Civic Engagement in Northern Nigeria through English Language Training (YLCEN) program.
YLCEN was designed to have a positive message with a communicative and participatory curriculum that would enable youth to resist the call of violent extremism. The program aimed to increase hope, tolerance, and a sense of community in at-risk youth by involving them in leadership and civic engagement activities through youth clubs, strengthening English teachers’ skills in participatory teaching methodology, and developing the ability of local partners to implement programs for at-risk youth. More than 200 youth, 20 local teachers, and two local civil society organizations participated in the program in six neighborhoods in the northern cities of Jos and Kano. Both cities have experienced religious extremist violence from groups including Boko Haram in the last decade and have high unemployment and dropout rates.
Through the dedicated work of the local partners and World Learning-trained teachers, the youth club members reported they were more interested in returning to school or to begin small-scale entrepreneurial pursuits. They also felt they had a better connection to their communities through volunteer projects and reported a greater willingness to engage with people outside of their religion, ethnicity, and gender.
Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Generation: Youth Unite Against Drugs
YSEALI Generation: Youth Unite against Drugs was a five-day regional workshop for 30 leading youth leaders from Southeast Asian countries between the ages of 18-35. The conference was held in Yangon, Myanmar, from August 3-7, 2016. Through interactive lectures, hands-on workshops, networking, and exposure activities, the selected YSEALI delegates explored three key issues related to drug demand reduction (DDR): studying the effects of drug use on individuals, their communities, and countries; understanding the context in which drug production occurs; and learning about holistic efforts to reduce drug use, including public awareness and advocacy campaigns.
In addition, YSEALI Generation: Youth Unite Against Drugs offered opportunities for young leaders to develop ideas on how to reduce demand for drugs and collaborate with peers from neighboring countries to jointly carry out projects.