In summer 2015, Meridian International Center will implement the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP), a series of summer exchange programs in the United States for Iraqi undergraduate students sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The program, which will occur between late June and August 2015, will give young Iraqis the chance to build their leadership skills and will give them the tools needed to develop their own youth-led projects for community change upon their return home.
The Undergraduate Program will bring 100 competitively selected Iraqi university students in their first, second, or third year of school to the United States for a leadership program within an American university setting. In addition to an opening conference in New York City, NY, and a closing conference in Washington, D.C., participants will take part in one of four Institutes at an American University. Participants apply to the Institute of most interest to them. Institute topics in 2015 are Public Policy; Entrepreneurship and Community Development; Information Technology and Media; and Leadership, Law, and Social Justice.