Youth Leadership International Exchanges

WorldChicago is a local coordinator for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’  Youth Leadership Program  for international high school students and adult mentors. These short, yet dynamic programs, inspire cross-cultural dialogue, build respect and mutual understanding, and boost civic engagement among young Americans and their international peers.

Full Immersion

During the day, groups participate in hands-on workshops, skills training sessions, volunteer activities, and cultural events.

Our Stories
1–2 weeks

Youth reside with Chicago-area host families for 1–2 weeks during their exchange to get a full immersion into everyday life in America.

Speaking from my experiences, my host family was the best! We got to have some very great conversations, watched cool movies, exchanged thoughts and cultures, and learned great lessons from one another… Thanks to WorldChicago, in my two weeks, I got to live a life completely different from my normal life, and experienced fun, educational, and eye-opening activities I n the safest manner possible.

Sara, Iraq, Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program Delegate

Youth Leadership International Exchange Experiences

Learn More

To learn more about hosting a youth in your home or your classroom, please email  WorldChicago or call 312.254.1800.

YLIE Mexico Youth

The Youth Leadership Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and supported in its implementation by WorldChicago.

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