DYLEP is made up of two-week long modules that focus on the following topics:
Weeks 1 and 2: Leadership
In the first module, participants discover their personalities and leadership styles, and begin to envision how they can take on leadership roles in their communities. Participants also write a question that describes the problem they want to address, using the design thinking framework.
Weeks 3 and 4: Global Issues
Participants learn about global issues and source analysis, while conducting critical research on the problem they want to solve in their local communities. Participants also play online games related to their themes and debrief the relevance of those games to their real-life communities.
Weeks 5 and 6: Civic Engagement
Participants explore the work of important civil society organizations, which inspires them to develop innovative solutions for their own communities. Participants then write specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely (SMART) goals that outline their projects objectives.
Weeks 7 and 8: Digital Citizenship
Participants learn about digital citizenship and innovative digital initiatives, and integrates online components to their projects if applicable. Participants also work collaboratively to fix unprofessional messages using appropriate digital etiquette, and provide feedback on different responses.
Weeks 9 and 10: Action Planning
Participants acquire project management skills such as fundraising and monitoring and evaluation, and adds them to the final versions of their action plans. Participants put together a formal action plan, with all the components from the previous modules, ready to be shared with funders and community members.
Cultural exchange is a key and prevailing component in each and every module. Through video chats, Iraqi participants discuss issues happening in their communities and exchange their project ideas with participants in the U.S., and vice versa. To learn about each other’s cultures, participants also engage in small activities where they share photos of their communities and everyday lives with each other.
Participants who successfully complete the required activities for the program will receive a certificate and access to alumni networks consisting of other youth leaders who completed World Learning cultural exchange programs.