Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP)

Application Deadline: January 24, 2022

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Angola welcomes applications for the 2022 Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP). PAYLP is designed to provide secondary school youth (ages 15-18) and adult educators the opportunity to explore themes such as entrepreneurship, civic education, youth leadership, economic development, and respect for diversity. Approximately 50 youth and adult participants from across Africa will attend this virtual program from April 11 – May 2, 2022. This exchange program will be conducted in English.

Program Details: PAYLP is an intensive academic program offered by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)’s Youth Programs Division. The intensive virtual exchanges will be hosted by various United States colleges, universities, and institutions over the course of four weeks in April 2022. Participants will engage in workshops on leadership and service, community site visits related to the program themes and subthemes, interactive training in conflict resolution, presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, and with local American virtual host families. A key component of the program is for participants to develop follow-on community-based projects in their home communities to effect positive change after their completion of the program.

The Department of State through an award to Meridian International Center will cover all program costs, including the purchase of necessary devices (smart phones, tablets, laptops, routers, etc.) and data required for participation in the program. Stipends for other program associated costs such as transportation to a school, library or internet café for internet access will be available.

Candidate Description and Qualifications:

Youth participants should be high school students aged between 15 to 18 years at the start of the exchange who have demonstrated leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and engagement in extracurricular activities. Students with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.

All Candidates should have sufficient proficiency in English to allow them to participate in an academic program.

A successful student candidate for this program will:

  • be a Angola citizen or permanent resident and live in Angola;
  • be a high school student who is 15, 16, 17, or 18 years of age by the start of the exchange;
  • be proficient in English;
  • be able to attend at least one additional semester of high school in his/her home country following completion of the program;
  • indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in his/her school or community;
  • have a high level of academic achievement, as indicated by academic grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
  • demonstrate a commitment to community service and record of engagement in extracurricular activities;
  • have had little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States;
  • be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive; and
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive virtual program (synchronous and asynchronous activities) and follow-on activities.

Each exchange delegation will also include adult participants who are teachers, trainers or community leaders who work with youth.  They will fill the roles of exchange participant, chaperone, and post-exchange mentor.

All Candidates should have sufficient proficiency in English to allow them to participate in an academic program.

A successful adult candidate for this program will:

  • be a Angolan citizen or permanent resident and live in Angola;
  • be a teacher, trainer, volunteer, or community leader who works with youth (familiarity with online learning and/or the ability to troubleshoot minor technology issues is helpful);
  • be proficient in English;
  • have a commitment to remain in teaching positions or other positions of influence on young leaders after the program ends;
  • indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States of America;
  • demonstrate an interest in further developing his/her professional skills;
  • be supportive of the teenage participants and assist them to become productive and responsible members of society;
  • exhibit maturity and open-mindedness; and
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive virtual program, as well as to mentor youth in their follow-on activities afterward in their home countries.

A complete student application package will include the following:

  • Application and Reference Form for Students (Microsoft Word 145 KB)
  • School Transcripts for all completed years of secondary school (photocopies)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English
  • Signed letters of recommendation from Teacher (Portuguese or English accepted)
  • Identification Document (photocopy)

A complete adult application package will include the following:

  • Application and Reference Form for Adults (Microsoft Word 146 KB)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resumé (English version)
  • Signed letter of recommendation from Supervisor (Portuguese or English accepted)
  • Identification Document (photocopy)

Please submit your application and a reference form by e-mail. Send materials to Pasinboxluanda@state.gov with your name and “2022 Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP)” in the subject line. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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For more information on the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program, e-mail Pasinboxluanda@state.gov