The American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) is a leadership training exchange program for U.S. high school students and adult mentors. Participants travel abroad to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures and to examine globally significant issues, such as food security and nutrition, the environment and climate change, the role of the media, and science and technology.
The Institute for Training and Development of Amherst, Massachusetts, and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will implement a student exchange project that will bring 18 students and 3 teachers from various high schools in Massachusetts to Mexico for a three-week program in July 2016.
Last summer ITD's AYLP in El Salvador introduced Massachusetts high school students to that country's civic, cultural, and educational institutions through: visits to schools and youth programs, interactive sessions with Salvadoran peers, leadership sessions and presentations, visits to rural and urban communities, and homestays with Salvadoran families.
Eighteen U.S. students and three teacher escorts spent three weeks in El Salvador, from June 27 to July 18, 2015. ITD's partner in El Salvador was the university Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera (ECMH). The El Salvador AYLP program provided U.S. students and teachers first-hand experience of life in El Salvador. It focused on the theme of food security and nutrition, investigating social and environmental factors to gain a better understanding of related problems in El Salvador. While there the students took part in language lessons, leadership training, and community service. Now that they have returned home to Massachusetts, the U.S. youth will develop and implement follow-on projects related to their Salvadoran experiences.
Funding for this project is provided by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs.