We are very excited
that you are participating in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP)
at Ball State University. We will do our best to make the experience memorable
and rewarding. We have created this website to serve as a resource for any
questions that you may have but also encourage you to contact us at any point. We
are grateful to be your host university and look forward to your arrival!
About Our Program
The Iraqi Young
Leaders Exchange program at Ball State University will provide the environment
and resources for you to develop leadership skills and learn about American
culture. While at Ball State University, you will gain a greater understanding
of the major principles defining America including individual rights,
democracy, freedom of expression, religious toleration, equality of opportunity,
and diversity. You will have opportunities to interact with Indiana citizens
(“Hoosiers”) and students from a variety of backgrounds and to make
presentations about Iraq to local community groups.
The program is
being managed by the Center for International Development and Center for Peace and Conflict
Studies at Ball State
University. We strive to create a
program that allows you to develop your entrepreneurial spirit and equip you
with the skills needed to make an impact in your community.
IYLEP is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, U.S.
Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Youth Programs
Division. The program is administered by Meridian International.
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