International Visitor Leadership Program
AMERICAN YOUTH: INSPIRING LEADERSHIP AND
International Visitor Leadership Program
The International Visitor Leadership Program annually
brings to the United States approximately 5,000
foreign nationals from all over the world to meet and
confer with their professional counterparts and to
experience America firsthand.
The visitors, who are selected by American Foreign
Service Officers overseas, are current or potential
leaders in government, politics, the
media, education, the arts, business and other fields.
AMERICAN YOUTH: INSPIRING LEADERSHIP
AND CIVIC PARTICIPATION
The group will be taught the skills necessary for
becoming future leaders and discuss methods to be
used to develop these skills in critical
thinking, decision-making, communication and
organization, and building leadership capacity.
The importance of pluralism, tolerance and
volunteerism as components of civic life in the United
States will be emphasized in this programme
Iowa New York
San Francisco Tennessee Washington DC
Programme begins in Washington, D.C.
• Tour of the city and a briefing on current challenges faced by American youth.
• The group will also meet with the U.S. Department of Education officials where they will learn the role of the
federal government in the U.S. education system.
• Participate in the Annual National Service-Learning Conference organized by National Youth Leadership
Council and Volunteer Tennessee.
• Focus on activism in schools, including youth mobilization for social action and youth development skills.
• The group will also visit an after-school project sponsored by “Team-up For Youth,” which works with local
organizations creating after-school sports opportunities for youth in partnership
• Look into various organizations working on issues of youth and economic development as a part of local
• Attend Leadership development workshop and Cultural and networking events.
•Visit Local community organizations in underserved neighborhoods;
Wrap up in Washington, D.C.
• Participants learning about U.S. foreign policy priorities at the beginning of the Obama Administration.
• They will visit the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to discuss
research and training initiatives to guide federal juvenile justice issues
• Meet with the Corporation for National Community Service’s “Learn and Service America programme.”
• Armenia: Mrs. Yughanna KHACHATRYAN, Co-Chairman of the Youth Club in Aram Village, Kotayk Region of Armenia
• Belaru: Ms. Katsiaryna HALITSKAYA, International Affairs
• Bosnia-Herzegovina: Mr. Darko BRKAN, President of the Association of Citizens
• Congo: Mr. Leon Kassongo MOUKENDI, Senior Member of Villa Washington English Club
• Denmark: Mr. Khuram Shehzad HUSSAIN, Project Leader, Folkehoejskolernes Forening
• India: Mr. Saurav BARDHAN, Chair, Integrity Campaign, Young Indians, Confederation of Indian Industry
• Israel: Mr. Naser ABU SAFI, Acting Principal and High School Coordinator, Hand in Hand
• Jordan: Mr. Ibraheem Nayef AL HAYEK, Coordinator, Youth Unit, Jordan River Foundation (JRF)
• Kazakhstan: Mr. Zafarzhan YULDASHEV, Leader of Center for Tolerance and the Youth Club Vera
• Latvia: Mr. Edgars GRIGORJEVS, Chairman of the Committee, Non-Profit Association/Youth Club “For & Against”
• Morocco: Mr. Rachid BADOULI, Central Director, Fondation Orient Occident, Rabat
• Nepal: Ms. Mandira RAUT, Assistant Editor, Today’s Youth Asia
• Nigeria: Mr. Chude Osanddum JIDEONWO, Founder and Director, Redstrat (Private Sector Communications)
• People’s Republic of China: Mr. Yu ZHOU, Teacher, Jimeijianzan Welfare School
• Romania: Ms. Ilinca BUCIU, Principal, G. Cosbuc National Bilingual High School, Bucharest
• Rwanda: Mr. Alexis NKURUNZIZA, Chair Person/Youth Crime Rwanda
• Palestine: Mr Osama
• Sierra Leone: Mr. Claudius MORGAN, Traffic Officer
• Singapore: Mr. Muhammad Ikram Bin MOHD ARIFF,
• Syria: Mr. Mohamad Abi ALAZHARI, Founder and General Manager, Slamin Basketball School, Damascus
• Tanzania: Mr. Beno MALISA, Deputy Secretary General, CCM Youth League.
• Thailand: Mr. Somkiat CHAMPEEPAN, Head of English Department
• Turkey: Mr. Evren Sener UNAL, Head of Training Department, Society Volunteers Foundation (TOG)
• United Kingdom: Mr. Atta Ul Haque YAQUB, Muslim Community Development Worker, Faith in Community Scotland
• Uruguay: Mr. Leandro FOLGAR, CEO, Ibirapita Reecreation Business
1. MARGUERITE W. KONDRACKE, President and CEO America’s Promise Alliance
2. Kathi L. Grasso, Senior Juvenile Justice Policy and Legal Advisor Office of
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice
3. Adaora Nwigwe, Guidance counsellor & Teacher Columbia Heights Educational
4. Ms O. Lyons, AP English Literature Teacher, Teach for America.com Columbia
Heights Educational Campus (CHEC)
5. Daniel A. Barutta, AmeriCorps State and National Team Leader AmeriCorps
6. Andy Shallal, Iraqi-American owner Busboys and Poets
7. Mr Akram R. Elias, President Capital Communications Group LLC
8. Ms Sambia Shivers - Barclay, Manager International Visitors Program, U.S.
Department of State
9. Ms Rita Foy Moss, Education Program Specialist Civic Education Programmes
10. Ms Preeti Shroff-Mehta, Phd, Consultant World Bank & United Nations
1. Brandon L. Hill, Youth United Coordinator Oasis Center - Youth Opportunity
2. Dr Judy Freudenthal, Director of Youth Action & Engagement Oasis Center -
Youth Opportunity Center (YOC)
3. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
4. Linda O’Neal, Executive Director Tennessee Commission on Children and
1. Rene Quinonez, Executive Director H.O.M.E.Y. — Homies Organizing the
Mission to Empower Youth
2. Jose Luis, Program Director H.O.M.E.Y. — Homies Organizing the Mission to
3. Debra Koffler, Executive Director Conscious youth media crew
4. Kali Cheung, Youth Leadership Director Youth Leadership Institute
5. Carlos Mejia, Vice President of Community Based Programs, Bay Area Youth
6. Keldon Clegg, Teacher Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, California
7. Mr Michael Rubio, Director of Operations Youth Radio
8. Jacinda Abcarian , Managing Director Youth Radio
9. Brett Myers, Field Producer Youth Radio
10. Liora Kahn, Mediation Program Manager Community Boards
11. Judy Zalazar Drummond, Professor University of San Francisco - School of
1. Thomas Mulready, Creator CoolCleveland
2. Ray Petro, Owner Ray’s MTB
3. William Ruschhaupt, MD Chairman, Global Patient Services Cleveland
4. Ellen S Rome, MD Associate Chief of Staff, Section Head, Adolescent
Medicine, Department of General Pediatrics, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
5. Ed Center, Director of Programs Team-Up for Youth
6. Fredrick E. Weinmann, Weinmann Enterprises
7. Ruthanne Weinmann,
8. Alana Garnett Ferguson, Shaw High Small Schools Student Shaw High Small
9. Meredith Scerba, VP of Event Management Greater Cleveland Sports
10. George M. Nanchoff, Event Manager, Continental Cup Tournament Director
Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
1. Amy Sananman, Director Groundswell - Community Mural Project
2. Stephanie V Rivera, Success Coach Groundwork Inc.
3. Brett Taylor, Deputy Director, Technical Assistance Center for Court
4. Austin Haeberle, Creative Director Listen Up- Youth Media Network of
5. Angela Carlino, Creative Director Listen Up- Youth Media Network (Brit)
6. Ms Tene Howard Head, High School for Global Citizenship