European Officials from 12 Nations to Explore Youth Engagement in the United States

Visitors will connect with professional counterparts in five U.S. cities during three-week IVLP exchange, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Cultural Vistas

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Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 28, 2014

Cultural Vistas is pleased to welcome 13 officials from 12 European nations for a three-week visit focused on youth engagement and leadership development within the United States as part of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

The 13 participants – representing Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and Ukraine – begin their program today in the nation’s capital.

Over a 22-day span, the group will visit five U.S. cities, including New York City, Manchester, New Hampshire, Austin, Texas, and Seattle, where they will meet with professional counterparts to explore various perspectives and learn about innovative approaches to fostering youth leadership skills and engagement.

This short-term professional exchange is sponsored by the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The national program itinerary was designed by Cultural Vistas in close cooperation with the State Department to accomplish the following objectives:

  •     Examine youth engagement through education, economic opportunity, and civic participation;
  •     Explore youth policy and outreach at the federal, state, and local levels;
  •     Examine the impact of youth leadership programs on at-risk youth
  •     Analyze how social media tools are used to develop networks for youth communication and engagement

Cultural Vistas staff will accompany the group for the duration of the program to film and capture interviews, select program activities, and events with the goal of creating a documentary that explores the many facets of the IVLP experience. Updates from this visit can be followed in real time at #IVLPYouthDev.

Advancing Youth Engagement & Leadership | Regional Program for Europe
Program Itinerary, Hosts, and Themes

Washington, D.C. | Cultural Vistas and U.S. Department of State | July 26-31

  •     American system of federal and state government
  •     Federal policies promoting youth outreach
  •     Millennials and the shaping of America’s future
  •     Youth mobilization for civic activism and entrepreneurship

New York, NY | U.S. Department of State, NY Program Branch | July 31 - August 3

  •     New media for youth engagement
  •     Engaging young professionals in foreign policy

Manchester, NH | World Affairs Council of New Hampshire | August 3-7

  •     Promoting young adults to run for public office
  •     Youth led political campaigns and advisory councils
  •     Empowering girls and young women
  •     Strategies to overcome youth unemployment

Austin, TX | GlobalAustin | August 7-12

  •     Using global networks for social change
  •     Marketing and promotion of social entrepreneurship
  •     Mentors as a means for economic empowerment
  •     University programs encouraging community and civic engagement

Seattle, WA | World Affairs Council of Seattle | August 12-16

  •     Developing global leadership skills and awareness
  •     Empowering youth with media skills and technology
  •     Business-based youth activism
  •     Programs for at-risk and immigrant youth

About Cultural Vistas
A nonprofit organization, Cultural Vistas annually serves more than 5,000 students, professionals, and emerging leaders through career-focused international internships, educational study tours, language immersion and cultural exchange programs in the United States and around the world. As one of seven National Program Agencies (NPAs), Cultural Vistas works in close cooperation with the U.S. Department of State to administer, design, and implement IVLP programs that directly support and advance U.S. foreign policy goals. — Learn more at culturalvistas.org.

Follow @CulturalVistas on Twitter

About the International Visitor Leadership Program
U.S. Department of StateThe International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the State Department’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience the United States firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. More than 35 current and 300 former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are IVLP alumni. — Learn more at exchanges.state.gov/ivlp.

Follow @StateIVLP on Twitter.

For media inquiries related to State Department exchanges, contact eca-press(at)state(dot)gov.


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