Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program

Meridian is pleased to implement the U.S. Department of State’s Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) on behalf of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Each year, this dynamic youth leadership program engages 150 African students and adult mentors from across Africa for a three week U.S.-based training and cultural exchange.

When we think of youth, we think of idealism, hopes, and dreams for the future. The Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) believes in the potential for greater impact when leadership development programs target young leaders. Meridian programs have directly benefitted over 3,500 alumni of fellowships and exchanges, empowering them as “agents of change” in their home countries while inspiring at least as many U.S. youth and adults. Through PAYLP, high-school students and adult educators from across Africa will have the unique opportunity to meet and engage with American peers to exchange ideas, while also gaining practical leadership and technical skills through the PAYLP curriculum. PAYLP offers:

  • Interactive leadership trainings
  • Conflict resolution seminars
  • Entrepreneurship classes
  • Community service opportunities
  • Cultural activities for the students
  • Two weeks of living with American host families,
  • An overview of U.S history and culture
  • A lifelong alumni network for the participants

Throughout the program, PAYLP partners with community-based members and universities across the U.S, and ends with a closing conference in Washington, D.C., where participants join together to share their experiences, deliver action plan presentations, and reflect on the lessons learned from the program.

Applicants interested in the program should contact the nearest US embassy regarding more information as Meridian is not involved in the recruitment or selection process.

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