Legacy is excited to announce the release of a three-part video documentary following the experiences of our 2013 Legislative Fellows from Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia.

To create the documentary, Legacy partnered with award-winning filmmaker Chithra Jeyram, who joined the group for much of its US program and who traveled to the program’s closing conference in Morocco.

Part one of the documentary follows the group during their month-long fellowship experience in the United States. They spent most of their time in the Washington, DC, area, while also traveling to historic colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.

During their month in the U.S., fellows honed their leadership skills and enhanced their capacity to make a difference back home, both in and out of government. Former members of congress mentored the fellows, the result of Legacy’s ongoing partnership from the US Association of Former Members of Congress. Fellows also did three-week fellowship placements in the offices of current members of the US House of Representatives and Senate, as well as area non-profit and advocacy organizations. The fellows also participated in Legacy-led trainings designed to develop their program development skills and heighten their sense of themselves as leaders and change agents.

Part one of the documentary highlights the Fellowship Experience in the United States. Click below to watch.

After the fellows returned to their home countries, they implemented their personally designed follow-on projects. Utilizing their new skills, relationships, and support from Legacy staff, during this part of the program their transformation in the US began to impact their communities at home. The North Africans expanded the impact of their experience to thousands of colleagues, friends, and fellow citizens in their home countries. The second part of the documentary follows the fellows through the triumphs and occasional setbacks of their project implementation.

Part two of the documentary offers a window into the fellows’ efforts to plan and implement their post-fellowship projects. Click below to watch.

The culmination of the Legislative Fellows Program – North Africa was a regional conference in Rabat, Morocco. At the conference, the fellows joined together with a US delegation consisting of former members of congress, representatives of the participants’ fellowship host offices, and Legacy International staff—including inspirational words from Legacy President and Founder J.E. Rash.

Part three of the documentary takes you to Morocco, where US delegates and North African fellows met for a powerful conference. Click below to watch.This capstone conference featured additional trainings led by the US delegates, presentations by the fellows about their projects, visits to local NGOs, interactions with Legacy’s Moroccan alumni, and cultural experiences around Rabat and in the historic city of Fez. Legacy selected Morocco for a regional conference due to the challenge of traveling to Egypt, Libya and Tunisia with a large group and to expand the outbound experience to delegates from all three countries. Part three of the documentary captures this experience.

The Legislative Fellows Program – North Africa (LFP) 2013-2015 is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by Legacy International with assistance from the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, and multiple in-country partners from the MENA region.

Chithra Jeyram in Morocco

The Professional Fellows Program-North Africa (PFP-NA) 2014-2016 links community leaders from the United States and four countries in North Africa. It is a two-way citizen exchange program designed as a capacity-building and professional development initiative that serves civil society development in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. The program is for early- to mid-career professionals with strong leadership skills, who are committed to making a lasting positive impact through their work in the civil society (NGO) sector.