Similar to DYLEP participants, DYLEP staff work in cities all over the world! A few staff members work from World Learning’s Washington DC office, whereas DYLEP facilitators can be found in cities around the U.S. and Iraq, as well as Jordan and Germany!

World Learning DC Staff


Jenn is the Program Officer for DYLEP at World Learning. Prior to World Learning, she made educational games and apps for kids and was a high school history teacher! She loves working with youth, and learning about politics, social justice issues, and new technologies. She also constanly dreams of the three puppies and two kittens she will adopt one day. Jenn has a M.Ed. in Technology, Innovation and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.S. in International Politics from Gerogetown University.


Haley is a Program Associate for DYLEP. She has developed and facilitated youth leadership programs with Georgetown University, Jesuit Refugee Service in Amman, Jordan, and the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Harvard University’s Center for Arabic Study Abroad.


Eli is the Summer Intern for DYLEP. He is from Davidson, North Carolina. He loves the beach, and went to the University in Wilmington, North Carolina. He studied abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland, and developed his interest for international exchange. He loves playing soccer, basketball, and trying new foods.


Rizwaan is the Manager of Iraqi Youth Programs at World Learning where he works to empower young people to create the change they seek in their communities. In this role, he oversees leadership and cultural exchange programs for Iraqi and American high school and undergraduate students. He is passionate about dialogue, inclusion, and community building. Some of his additional hobbies include biking, playing basketball, and eating chocolate chip cookies. Rizwaan has a MA in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute and a BA in Psychology and Middle East Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is proficient in Arabic and Urdu.



A.J. attended IYLEP in 2016. He lived in Vermont his entire life and attended a small school of just over 200 students. He enjoys playing sports (soccer, tennis, and skiing) and spending time outside. His favorite pastime, however, is talking about politics and next year he will be studying political science at Brown University. IYLEP played a large role in his development both as a person and student and he hopes to continue World Learning’s great tradition of creating cultural unity and making a tangible impact on the world through DYLEP.


Athraa is from Basra, Iraq. She participated in IYLEP in 2014, and now she works as a World Learning Program Assistant in the southern region. Athraa has a B.Sc. in biology and also works as a translator and relations administrative in an Italian company in Basra (she only knows one Italian word, CIAO). She likes reading, playing and watching sports (volleyball, tennis and football), listening to music, and spreading hope. IYLEP made a major impact on her life and personality, which is what encouraged her to work with DYLEP.


Fadhil is from Babil, Iraq, and his nickname is Flfl, which means pepper in Arabic! He is a coffee addict and that addiction has inspired him to prepare some very good coffee! He loves taking photos; when he goes out for a picnic he literally cannot stop taking pictures! He also loves cooking, reading novels and can never get tired of eating ice cream! He participated in IYLEP 2016 and is thankful to it for providing him with some opportunities he never imagine he would get.


Hasan is a high school student from Basra (which he adores). He is also a bookworm, a writer, a programmer and a translator. He loves social activities. He’s always very excited to meet new people and enthusiastic to work with them! Hasan is an alumnus of IYLEP 2016.


Ibrahim is an alumnus of IYLEP 2014. He is a portrait artist and movies addict. He is also a first year med student and already in love with medicine, and an old soul who loves old things. He is trying to do his best to make even the smallest change in the world.


Kavi loves positivity, socializing, smiling, dreaming, and spreading happiness, which pretty much make up her whole personality and life! If she had to relive one of the many experiences in her life, it definitely would be IYLEP, because what she learnt from IYLEP was more than all she has learnt her entire life.


Mason lives in the small city of Vergennes, Vermont. He takes every chance he can get to really delve into ideologies and how a society governs itself. He tries to help his community as much as possible, whether it be through civic engagement or helping local small businesses. He is also an IYLEP 2016 alumnus. The whole experience of IYLEP drastically changed his life and is one of the main contributing factor for his participation in DYLEP as a facilitator. IYLEP never ends and he hopes to keep that statement true for DYLEP as well.


Nora is a proud 2016 IYLEP alumni from Chicago, Illinois. She has grown up in Chicago her entire life and is a city girl at heart. Nora loves to read, write, and dabbles in some art and photography. She also loves to listen to music, her favorite artists ranging from local Chicago artists to classic rock legends. Next year, she will be attending New York University to study environmental science and journalism. She can’t wait to explore New York City and meet people from all over the world.


Noor is an IYLEP alumna from 2014 and a facilitator at DYLEP for the second year (you just can’t get enough of her awful jokes), originally from Baghdad but now living and studying in Berlin. Moving to a new place did not stop her from getting involved with the community she is living in, while still also being involved with the community in Iraq through DYLEP and other projects.


Rachel is a 2015 IYLEP alumna and enjoys being involved in various social entrepreneurship projects. She is an intern at the Tulsa Global Alliance, where she works to increase the international community of her city. She also loves long books, podcasts, and peanut M&M’s!


Sally is currently double majoring in medicine and political science in the US. After IYLEP, her projects focused on linking Iraqi and American youth through pen-pal and study abroad programs. She had also successfully founded the student council along with several extracurricular programs at the Gifted Students School – Baghdad, which aimed to promote leadership skills. Sally is a 2014 IYLEP alumna and a second year DYLEP facilitator.


Sara is from Baghdad, Iraq, but now she lives in Jordan. She is a DYLEP 2016 alumna. During DYLEP, she did project called The Lollipop Campagin, which is all about giving people hope. She now also works with volunteers in Jordan. Her rule in the life is “in order to fly you will fall down.” This means that we should not give up and try more than once in order to reach what we want.