Sudanese Youth Leaders Program

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Sudanese Youth Leaders Program: The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) is launching a project in which Sudanese and South Sudanese youth leaders come to Washington D.C. to be in residence at USIP for three to four months. 

The project is designed to contribute to their leadership development by giving them opportunities to gain knowledge, skills, and confidence that youth leaders can leverage upon their return to Sudan or South Sudan.

USIP believes that investing in Sudanese and South Sudanese youth and exposing them to new political contexts is critical to supporting the next generation of leaders that will help secure and sustain peace, security, and democracy in Sudan and South Sudan.  

During their time at USIP, youth leaders will focus primarily on a self-led project relevant to conflict prevention, conflict management, peacebuilding and/or democratization in Sudan and/or South Sudan.  

This will also be an opportunity for U.S. audiences to hear fresh perspectives on Sudanese and South Sudanese affairs and for Sudanese and South Sudanese leaders to gain more exposure to the U.S. and its institutions.

For each iteration of this program, USIP will select one youth leader.

Sudanese Youth Leaders Program Goals

USIP intends for this program to provide youth leaders with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to grow as leaders and contribute to their communities.
During their time at USIP, youth leaders will:

  • Acquire new information and perspectives on a research topic of their choice
  • Serve as a resource on Sudan and South Sudan in the Washington D.C. community
  • Gain an understanding of U.S. political culture, policy, and institutions
  • Build skills for successful leadership in a Sudanese and South Sudanese contexts

Sudanese Youth Leaders Program Requirements

By the end of their time at USIP, youth leaders will be expected to:

  • Gain at least two certificates demonstrating successful completion of USIP Academy courses
  • Produce at least one publication on a research topic of their choice
  • Develop a “Leadership Action Plan” for leveraging their new knowledge, skills, and confidence as leaders in Sudan or South Sudan\

Sudanese Youth Leaders Program Candidate Eligibility

In order to be eligible to participate in the first iteration of this project, which will focus on Sudan, candidates must:

  • Be living in Sudan at the time of application
  • Be 40 years of age or younger at the time of application
  • Be fluent in English
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Have demonstrated leadership skills
  • Possess a willingness to participate and learn within and beyond the walls of USIP
  • By the stipulations of the J1 visa, candidates must also be able to secure health insurance by the time they arrive in the United States.
For more information and application materials, see; Sudanese Youth Leaders Program

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