Thank you ITD for creating this project that gave me the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone, [to] get on my first plane, and to form so many incredibly strong bonds that I know will last a lifetime.
Norway Youth Leadership participant

Current Activities

Professional Fellows Program on Citizen Participation with North Africa and The Middle East
ITD will be conducting the Professional Fellows Program on civic participation with Morocco in the spring, and Jordan and Israel in the fall of 2019.  

The Professional Fellows Program brings together emerging leaders from around the world who are working in the civic engagement, the legislative process and governance, NGO management, economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, and journalism arenas with American counterparts from across the country. ITD is one of fourteen U.S. based organizations chosen to host foreign professionals from countries worldwide. ITD's program will bring 21 young civil society professionals to Massachusetts and send 9 American counterparts to North Africa and the Middle East. Selected participants will be a combination of NGO leaders, government officials, community leaders, educators and experts in civic engagement.  The program will focus on multi-stakeholder approaches to building open, civil societies. Selected participants will complete six week fellowships with public and private host organizations throughout Boston and Western Massachusetts. By working within organizations and alongside their U.S. counterparts, the visiting fellows will gain an in-depth look at the different approaches to fostering democracy and civic engagement through multiple strategies and by multiple stakeholders.  Selected participants will prepare action plans for implementation in their own countries. As part of the exchange the U.S. counterparts from the host organizations will then travel to Morocco, Jordan or Israel in January 2020.

For more information about the Professional Fellows Program click on the following link:

The application for the Fall 2020 Professional Fellows Program from Jordan and Israel will open in mid-February. If you have any questions about the application process you may email Mark Protti at 

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