Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP)
The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) will welcome the 17th session of the Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP) to NIU in April 2020, when 28 young people and adult leaders from diverse backgrounds on the island of Mindanao in the Southern Philippines arrive for a month of leadership training and development. The program’s purpose is to prepare youth leaders in conflict-torn Mindanao to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities; build skills that will empower them to be actively engaged in addressing issues in their schools and communities; and foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, racial, religious and national groups. While at NIU, participants are engaged in community service, field trips, group projects, and an American homestay.
PYLP is one of many youth exchange programs, including the Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP), funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For 15 years, Anthropology Professor Emerita Susan J. Russell and International Training Office Director Lina Ong led PYLP. The Center for Southeast Asian Studies is PYLP’s new home this year, with Tagalog language instructor Rhodalyne Gallo-Crail and CSEAS Director Eric Jones serving as co-directors.