Indonesia-US Youth Leadership Program

Application Information for Indonesian Participants

July 12 – August 12, 2016 10489746_809566025722642_4797304552606003582_n

Application Deadline: December 1, 2015

Are you interested in developing your leadership abilities? Are you interested in learning how to work effectively across cultures? Do you have a passion for peace-building and community service? Would you like to travel to the U.S. with a group of youth (ages 15-17) to learn about American culture and how to make a difference in your own society? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you are invited to apply for participation in the Indonesia-U.S. Youth Leadership Program, to be held from July 12 – August 12, 2016 at George Mason University’s campus in Fairfax, Virginia (near Washington, DC), with a pre-departure visit to Bali.

The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University (GMU), in partnership with Volunteers in Asia (VIA), the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, has scholarships available for up to 17 Indonesian students and 2 Indonesian adult participants to participate in the 2016 Indonesia-U.S. Youth Leadership Program. These scholarships include the following:

  • Designation as an Indonesia-U.S. Youth Leadership Program Fellow and a scholarship to cover the costs of the program, including tuition, activities, field trips, meals and lodging in a GMU dorm, meals and lodging in homestays in Virginia, round-trip airfare from your home city to Bali, Indonesia and from Bali to Washington D.C., and a stipend of USD $25/week.
  • Participation in all Program events, including classes and interactive activities on the following themes: (1) Culture, Conflict and Cooperation; (2) Democracy and Civic Engagement; (3) Sustainable Development and the Environment; (4) Media for Social Change, including computer training and blog and video/audio podcast production; (5) Leadership Development; and (6) Community Service, taught by GMU faculty and visiting lecturers.
  • Full involvement in a Thirty-day Program that includes eighteen days attending interactive sessions based on program themes, ten of which will be spent staying with a host family, and a trip to New York City.  Participants will also spend nine days together with a group of American youth fellows aged 15-17, taking part in sessions on campus, hiking and camping in the Shenandoah Mountains, and traveling together to Bali, Indonesia. We will be engaging in leadership and teambuilding exercises, practicing conflict resolution skills, exploring effective ways to relate across cultural differences, and more!

Participants will travel to Bali on July 20th, where they will join the U.S. participants in the program. They will leave Indonesia for the United States on July 12, 2016. The program will conclude on August 12, 2016. Participants will be expected to participate in a pre-departure orientation with program staff in Bali on July 12, 2016. Students will travel to the United States together, accompanied by adult participants, and will be appropriately supervised at all stages of the program. Adult participants will have specific sessions that are intended to develop their leadership capacity and their ability to teach conflict resolution skills and will also attend student sessions to support these sessions. While in Virginia, students and adult participants will live with a host family for ten days of the program. All host families are carefully screened and provided with an orientation about the program and their responsibilities.

The program will be intensive, academic and highly interactive. We seek energetic applicants who are ready to develop their skills in order to become effective leaders in their schools and communities!

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WHO CAN APPLY?

We are seeking applications from students who:

  • will be at least 15 years old and not more than 17 years old by July 12, 2016
  • have started high school (SMA) as of July 12, 2016
  • are Indonesian citizens
  • have basic computer skills
  • have basic English skills
  • demonstrate strong leadership potential and interest in community service, global issues and building cross- cultural relationships
  • agree to participate fully in all I-US-YLP program activities, including a pre-program orientation in Bali, all program activities in the United States, and post-program follow-on activities (such as sharing what you’ve learned with peers, or developing your own project in your community)
  • have permission from parents or guardians to participate in the entire program and travel to the United States
  • currently live in Ambon, Yogyakarta, Madura, or Bali

Please note that fluency in English is NOT a program requirement. We will have two interpreters available to work with students whose English skills are limited.

We are seeking applications from adult participants who:

  • will be at least 25 years of age by July 12, 2016
  • are Indonesian citizens
  • are based in Ambon or Madura
  • have worked as a teacher or with teens for at least 2 years
  • have basic computer skills
  • have strong English skills
  • possess strong leadership capabilities and are interested in issues of conflict resolution, global issues and cross-cultural cooperation, especially how these topics relate to youth.
  • Agree to follow all activities of the I-US-YLP, including orientation programs in Bali, the entire program in America, and the completion of a follow-on project (examples of this would be sharing what you have learned with others or developing your own program in your community )
  • are willing to help the high school students throughout the program

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HOW TO APPLY:

For students, a complete application includes the following:

  1. Official Application Form for Indonesian Students, with all sections fully completed, signed by both the student applicant and the parent/guardian.
  2. Name and telephone number of one reference who is willing to be called.

To submit an application, choose one of the methods below:

  1. Online Form: Submit your application online here in Indonesian, or
  2. Download Form: Download the Indonesian Student Application form in Indonesian and return it to:
    1. Email: indolead@gmu.edu  (type “Indonesian Student Application – Your Name”, in subject heading), or
    2. Mail: VIA, PO Box 514, Yogyakarta 55000

For adult participants, a complete application includes the following:

  1. Official Application Form for Indonesian Adult Participants, with all sections fully completed, signed by the applicant.
  2. Name and telephone number of one reference who is willing to be called.

To submit an application:

  1. Online Form: Submit your application online in Indonesian here, or
  2. Download Form: Download the Indonesian Adult Participant Application form in Indonesian here and return it to:
    1. Email: indolead@gmu.edu  (type “Indonesian Adult Participant Application – Your Name”, in subject heading), or
    2. Mail: VIA, PO Box 514, Yogyakarta 55000

Please fill out the application as carefully and completely as possible, in English or Bahasa Indonesia. The information you provide on this application will provide the basis for selecting semi-finalists for this program.

Announcement of Semi-Finalists:  Mid-December 2015

Interviews of Semi-finalists: January 2016

Announcement of 2016 Fellows: February 1, 2016

SELECTION CRITERIA FOR STUDENTS

  1. Strong academic achievement. Those in the upper 25% of their class will be favored.
  2. Record of leadership in school activities or community civic activities.
  3. Strong recommendations.
  4. Responses to questions on the application form regarding interest in the program.
  5. In-person interviews with semi-finalists
  6. The selection committee will seek a diverse group of fellows, including geographical, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity.

SELECTION CRITERIA FOR ADULT PARTICIPANTS

  1. Strong recommendations.
  2. Responses to questions on the application form regarding interest in the program.
  3. In-person interviews with semi-finalists.
  4. The selection committee will seek a diverse group of adult participants, including geographical, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS?

For more information send an inquiry to indolead@gmu.edu (type “Indonesian Student Applicant Inquiry” in subject heading), or call Sani Widowati, at +6285376460696.

This program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.  

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