Are you interested in studying abroad and becoming a ‘Youth Ambassador’ through the YES Abroad program?
The YES Abroad program is part of an international movement for peace through study abroad. To study abroad in the United States on the YES program, click here.
Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the YES Abroad program offers sixty-five full scholarships for American high school students to live with host families and study for one academic year in countries that include: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey.* The YES Abroad program is an innovative merit-based high school student exchange program between Americans and people from countries with significant Muslim populations.
To learn more about the program and our eligibility requirements, please visit www.yes-abroad.org.
Applications for the 2016 – 2017 academic program year are due on December 1, 2015.
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Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to receiving your YES Abroad application!
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Monthly Archives: September 2015
Reminder – 9/30 deadline for 2015-2016 Kakehashi Project Application, OPEN TO ALL ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENTS over 18 years old in the US
2015-2016 Kakehashi Project Application
Selected students will attend a 9-day trip to Japan where they will visit a number of historical and educational sites, experience traditional and cultural activities, and participate in lectures and workshops. Each trip will visit Tokyo and one other city to be announced.
Trip 1: December 13-22, 2015
Trip 2: January 10-19, 2016
Trip 3: March 13-22, 2016
The trip dates tentatively include a 1-day, in-person, mandatory orientation that will be held in the United States on the first listed trip date (the day before the students will depart for Japan).
Program Eligibility and Guidelines
Please click here to read the program and eligibility guidelines.
In addition to the eligibility requirements outlined in the JICE program guidelines, applicants must be:
– Japanese/Japanese American or Asian American
– Currently enrolled in a community college, undergraduate, graduate, or professional program.
– Must be at least 18 years old at the time of application and no older than 25 on the day they intend to depart for Japan.
– Students will also be required to participate in an orientation program that will include a series of webinars and a possible in-person orientation prior to departure to Japan.
You do not need to be a JACL member to be eligible.
Please note that while many expenses are covered by the program (as outlined in the program guidelines), participants are expected to cover personal expenses, including (but not limited to) passport fees, fees for vaccination, travel expenses between their home and departure port, fees for accommodation and meals in the USA, and pocket money for the purchase of items for personal use.
Students will depart to Japan in groups from regionally located “hub” airports that will be announced shortly (for example, participants located on the west coast may meet at the San Francisco International Airport and depart together). Please note that participants will be responsible for any transportation and lodging arrangements and costs associated with traveling to the hub airport.
Questions or Issues
Please contact Craig Shimizu at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 202-223-1240 (M-F, 10am-5:30pm EST)
Application Instructions and DeadlinesPLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to save and resume this application once you have started. If you close the application before it has been submitted, your responses will not be recorded and you will need to start over.
It is recommended that you compose and edit your written responses in a separate document and copy and paste them into this application. It is also advised that you gather your attachments (completedsupplemental application, copy of passport, and photo) prior to beginning this application.
In addition to your responses on this form, a complete application will include:
1. A completed and hand signed supplemental application.
2. A current photo (taken within 3 months).
3. A copy of your valid passport. If you do not have a valid passport at this time, you may submit this application without it and still be considered, but you must submit a copy of your passport no later than the dates listed below for each trip. It is highly recommended that you apply for a passport as soon as possible since it may take up to 6 weeks for routine processing. If you do not submit this information by the stated deadline, you will not be able to attend the trip.
You will attach these files in Section 6 of this application.
Trip 1: December 13-22, 2015
Complete application due no later than 11:59pm EST, Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
Copy of valid passport due no later than Wednesday, November 11, 2015.
Trip 2: January 10-19, 2016
Complete application due no later than 11:59pm EST, Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Copy of valid passport due no later than Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Trip 3: March 13-22, 2016
Complete Application due no later than 11:59pm EST, Sunday, January 3, 2016
Copy of valid passport due no later than Wednesday, February 10, 2016.
If you are applying for more than one trip date, your completed application and copy of your passport will be due as of the deadlines for the earliest trip you are applying to.
Apply Now for JACL Washington, D.C. Fellowships!
Japanese American Citizen’s League (JACL) – JACL is currently accepting applications for the Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship and the Mike M. Masaoka Congressional Fellowship. Each paid fellowship will last for a period of one year and will be located in Washington, D.C.
The Daniel K. Inouye Fellow will work closely with the JACL Executive Director and national staff on a wide variety of projects, events, and programs. The Fellow will also work with a number of national Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations to monitor and staff key policy initiatives relevant to the greater Japanese American and AAPI communities.
The Mike M. Masaoka Congressional Fellowship is designed to develop leaders for public service, particularly at the national level, and provides Fellows the unique opportunity to be placed in a Congressional office where they gain firsthand knowledge of policy creation.
Completed applications (and letters of recommendation if required) must be emailed to email@example.com by Friday, October 2, 2015. Click here for more information and to apply!
2015-2016 Kakehashi Project Applications Due Next Wednesday, September 30th!
A JACL Kakehashi Project group visits Kyoto in 2014.
Washington, D.C. – Applications for the December 13-22, 2015 and January 10-19, 2016 Kakehashi trips are due on Wednesday, September 30th!
Currently enrolled 18 to 25 year-old Japanese American and Asian American students are eligible (you do not need to be a JACL member to apply). Selected students will visit Japan on a 9-day trip sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 2014, over 80 students traveled to Japan with the JACL Kakehashi Project, with groups visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, and Fukushima. Highlights included a tour of the Tokyo National Museum, a rice harvesting and onigiri making demonstration in the Japanese countryside, and a visit to the Imperial Palace.
Don’t miss your chance! Click here to apply to the 2015-2016 JACL Kakehashi Project today!
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The Sakdoc Workshop for Female Documentary Filmmakers
Deadline: 25 September 2015
Open to: women filmmakers and producers from the Caucasus region
Venue: 19 – 20 October 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia
Swedish filmmakers Karin Ekberg and Johanna Berhardson and Sakdoc Film, with the support of The Swedish Institute, organize a workshop for female documentary filmmakers from Caucasus. The workshop aims to empower female filmmakers in the beginning of their career and give them skills and confidence to reach an international level. The workshop also aims to raise an awareness of gender equality behind and in front of the camera, and a longterm change of attitudes.
The workshop will be help in the frame of Tbilisi International Documentary Film Festival (Cinedoc) and is open for semiprofessional female directors and producers from Caucasus with a documentary film project on development stage. Working language of the workshop is English. All participants must be able to communicate in English and visuals for the application need English subtitles
Participation is free of charge. Organizers will cover accommodation, coffee breaks and lunches of selected participants.
Please submit the following documents:
- Synopsis of your documentary film project
- Treatment of your documentary film project
- Director´s note of your documentary film project
- Bio/filmography of the director/producer
- Visual materials (research photos/research film material/trailer). Please note that some visual materials, at least research photos MUST be included.
All the requested information should be saved as ONE single PDF file and attached with your application form, also saved as a PDF and e-mailed to the following address: , together with links and passwords of visual (subtitled) material on vimeo or youtube. The deadline is September 25, 2015.
Important note! Only applications that include filled application form and all the annexes will be considered. Below you can find additional information about the workshop.
If you have any questions, write to:
NordicMUN 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Deadline: 22 September 2015
Open to: any and all students over the age of 18
Venue: 27 – 29 October 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
NordicMUN is a cooperation between the UNA’s of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland, together with DanMUN and UN City. NordicMUN is a three day Model UN conference that will take place at the UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark. NordicMUN is a model UN for 250 delegates above the age of 18 from all over the world. The conference will be held on October 27-29th 2015 at UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark. There will also be pre-lectures (seminars, lectures, mock session etc), arranged by DanMUN, the days prior to the conference. The theme of NordicMUN is the principle of Responsibility to Protect, as it is 10 years since it was unanimously adopted by the UN. NordicMUN will simulate four different councils within the UN and each committee will debate different agenda items on the theme of responsibility to protect (R2P), and also the new Post 2015 development agenda in order to highlight the connection between security and development. In addition to the negotiations there will be mingles, interesting lectures given by key-note speakers from the UN agencies that are stationed at UN City, and of course a diplomat dance.
NordicMUN wants to…
- Spread and increase the knowledge and commitment of current issues in the United Nations
- Promote international cooperation and give the participants an insight of how global issues can be resolved through UN-diplomacy
- Inspire young people to actively make a difference and contribute to a better world
- Create a network for exchange of experience and inspiration among students and teachers in secondary schools and colleges/universities.
- Strengthen multi-sector cooperation between different actors (mainly NGOs, high schools and universities) in the Nordic countries on global issues.
Nordic MUN 2015 will especially highlight the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and the connection between security and development.
This opportunity is open globally to those who are at least 18 years of age. English is the official language. You must be able to speak, read, and write in English ro participate in the NordicMUN 2015 Conference.
The participation fee for the conference is 120 euro and it includes conference material, pre-lectures, three lunches, and all coffee breaks throughout the entire conference.
NordicMUN 2015 will focus on the Responsibility to Protect and will gather 300 students for a fun and intense week of diplomacy and negotiation.
In order to apply, .
If you have any questions, check the or write to:
World Bank Group Youth Summit 2015 in Washington, DC
Deadline: 3 October 2015
Open to: the competition is open to individuals and teams of up to 5 people. Participants must be between the ages of 18 to 35
Prize: prizes for the winning teams will be announced closer to the competition date, accommodation and traveling all fully covered
Youth Summit 2015 invites young people from around the world to use their knowledge and creativity to crowd-source solutions for climate change that contribute to growth and development in developing and emerging countries. The Youth Summit will be held on 16-17 November 2015 in IFC Auditorium, Washington, DC.
Under the motto “If Not Us Then Who: Crowd-Sourcing Solutions for Climate Change”, the event will gather exceptional future leaders in the field to gathers exceptional future leaders to share knowledge and provoke discussions on to inspire communities everywhere to take action.
The goal of this competition is to motivate youth to work and design the most promising and dynamic proposals to mainstream climate change while achieving development objectives.
The competition is open to nationals of all countries of the world. Participates must be between the ages of 18 to 35 at the time of submission. Entries are encouraged from eligible individuals with the drive to innovate regardless of their occupation (working professionals, students, NGO leaders, government officials, start-up creators, technical experts or any other). World Bank Group employees and their families are also allowed to participate.
Prizes for the winning teams will be announced closer to the competition date, accommodation and traveling all fully covered.
Completed proposals must be submitted through the Youth Summit email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “WBG Youth Summit 2015 Climate Chnage Solutions Competition entry”. All submissions must be received by 11:59PM EST on 3 October 2015. Each team or individual may only submit one proposal.
In order for your proposal to qualify it must:
- Be between 2,000 – 3,000 words in length;
- Submitted in English;
- Submitted as one PDF, less than 10 MB;
- Include a filled out .
Before submitting a proposal, please review the full details in the .
For more information please visit .
Applying for the Poder Fellows Fall 2015, in MN, USA
Call for applications Poder Fellows Fall 2015
NAVIGATE Poder Fellowships is a program that elevates the leadership development of young adults who have interests in organizing immigrant/Latinx youth, and promote systemic change around access to higher education, jobs and legal status.
Fellowships will be awarded to 5 young adults who have demonstrated leadership and are committed to build collective power. Priority will be given to young adults who have financial, social and legal barriers to higher education and to students who are ineligible for federal financial aid (FAFSA) because of their immigration status. Students with DACA, U Visa, Withholding of Removal or no status are strongly encouraged to apply.
Recipients will be given the opportunity to build their leadership skills, develop organizing skills and contribute to support NAVIGATE’s mission. This paid fellows will receive awards of $1,000 each.
Application can be downloaded HERE
Applications Due: Midnight on Monday, September 21st, 2015