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  • Professional Fellows Program

    Emerging international leaders complete short-term fellowships to learn about American government and civil society processes while staying with a host family
  • Youth Leadership Program

    Youth programs inspire cross-cultural dialogue, build respect, and boost civic engagement among young Americans and their international peers

In March 2015, a Nigerian high school student named Adijat spent eight days in Chicago as a participant in the U.S. Department of State’s Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program. Hosted locally by WorldChicago, the program promotes leadership, mutual understanding, and community service for teens from sub-Saharan Africa. Students reside with Chicago-area families throughout the exchange to experience everyday life in America. During a free weekend, Adijat’s Chicago homestay host Elizabeth Latimer took her to the semi-finals of Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB). Organized by Young Chicago Authors (YCA), it’s the largest youth poetry festival in the world attracting over 1,000 students annually. “My host mum brought up the idea and I eagerly accepted the offer because I have been to couple of poetry slams before here in Nigeria and I think a change in the sound and style will be great,” ...

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