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How to Apply

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"Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front." 
Nelson Mandela

Youth Application Form:  PDF Word Doc
Adult Application Form: PDF Word Doc


Criteria for selection of youth participants:

1) demonstrated leadership potential in their schools and/or communities;

2) demonstrated an interest in community service and outreach;

3) strong academic and social skills, openness and flexibility;

4) good English language skills;

5) no previous significant travel to the US on a US government-sponsored program;

6) aged 15 to 17, high school students, from the ARMM and surrounding provinces;

7) must have at least one year of secondary school remaining after the exchange; and

8) commitment to implement their community service action plans, attend Follow On activities, and share their experience with families, friends, and communities.

Criteria for selection of adult participants:

1) active involvement in community outreach and grassroots organizing;

2) demonstrated commitment or evidence that they will remain in their current jobs after the exchange program;

3) character references and letter of institutional endorsement and support;

4) good English language skills; and

5) no previous significant travel to the U.S. on a U.S. government-sponsored program. Preference will be given to high school teachers, administrators and/or community leaders who work with youth, have demonstrated an interest in assisting youth to become responsible members of society, and who are not over 35 years old.

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