Program Overview

DYLEP is made up of two-week long modules that focus on the following topics:

(1) Leadership
(2) Global Issues
(3) Civic Engagement
(4) Digital Citizenship
(5) Project Management

Throughout DYLEP, students will hone their understanding of a global issue, and develop projects that address that issue within their own communities.

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.

(Weeks 1 and 2) Leadership

In the first module, participants explore their personalities and leadership skills, and begin framing the problem they are trying to solve in their communities. Participants take a look at the “leadership compass” and through discussion forums, exchange opinions on who they believe are leaders. Participants also watch videos, including TED Talks, that challenge their definitions of a leader.

(Weeks 3 and 4) Global Issues

In the second module, participant explore efforts that are currently being implemented to address their global issue of choice. They then conduct research to learn about their issues in greater depth. To introduce participants to global issues, we invite experts to host webinars and integrate games that are relevant to the topics of interest.

(Weeks 5 and 6) Civic Engagement

After the participants have narrowed down the focus of their projects, they discover the work of important civil society organizations, and come up with innovative solutions for the problems they are trying to solve and begin storyboarding. To introduce participants to civil society, we use the polling functionality on Facebook and ask them who they think is a part of civil society. Participants also engage with key players in CSOs by watching videos about their work and writing them thank you notes.

(Weeks 7 and 8) Digital Citizenship

In this module, participants learn about the importance of digital communications and citizenship, which is highly relevant to skills they will need to succeed in the 21st century. Prior to every video chat and and group activity, we emphasize that participants reference a list of norms that they have set for online communications. We also host live chats to introduce our participants to digital social good campaigns to demonstrate that for a project to be successful, it does not necessarily have to be offline.

(Weeks 9 and 10) Action Planning

In this final module, participants put together what they have learned over the last four modules and draft concrete action plans. After the program, participants use their action plans as a guide to implement their projects. Participants learn how to write SMART goals for their projects by hearing from their facilitators, who have successfully implemented projects in the past. To complete the program, participants have to submit their action plans for review.


Cultural Exchange

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.