Posted by: Sarah Standish | July 14, 2012

Host a Visiting Iraqi Young Leader!

From the World Affairs Council:
“The World Affairs Council is currently seeking host families for Iraqi and US teen leaders from July 22nd to August 3rd
Download the host family application here.
“As part of the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, twelve high school students from Iraq and the US will be in Oregon for a leadership program focusing on Grassroots Activism.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the program aims to build a network of young leaders from different ethnic, religious, and national groups willing to promote mutual understanding and community engagement.
Homestay host families provide a bed, breakfast and dinner, transportation to and from the Council’s downtown office during program days, and an American home experience.  Weekdays the visitors will visit youth groups, meet with civic leaders, attend workshops, and craft a media project on their experience.  The Iraqi teens are recruited from all areas of Iraq and are selected based on academic performance, community involvement, and English language proficiency. The US participants are recruited from Portland’s partner communities of Louisville, Kentucky and Brattleboro, Vermont.
“To ensure visitors learn about American teen life throughout their time here, we ask that host families also have a teenage host sibling.  Host siblings will be able to participate in some program activities and all cultural and recreational activities.  Hosting is a wonderful opportunity to share what you love about Oregon and learn how young people are making a difference around the world.  Feel free to pass this information on to your colleagues, friends and family who may be interested in hosting!”
For more information, please contact Andrew Neal at (503306-5216.

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