Youth Agricultural Leadership & Economic Development (YLP Turkey -USA)

A hands-on leadership experience for Turkey’s young, emerging agribusiness leaders and their mentors. The 23-day program (July 19-August 10, 2019) for 11 Turkish teens, 3 adults and 5 U.S. teens takes place in Washington DC, Virginia and West Virginia. Activities are designed for participants to explore varied leadership practices within U.S. agricultural communities.

This exchange aims to enhance participant’s ability to serve as contributing members within their agrarian, rural communities, while also embracing science-based innovations. The program explores:

  • U.S. agrarian, rural communities in Virginia and West Virginia; learning about agribusiness practices, youth education and engagement in agricultural development;
  • Models such as 4‑H, Future Farmers of America (FFA) or others that bridge leadership, agriculture and potential economic opportunities – methods, tools, activities, and resources for creating peer engagement activities at home;
  • Agronomy – students understand and demonstrate the many ways that science and technology collaborate to grow the world’s major food crops.

Program Goals

  • Promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
  • Prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities.
  • Foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups.

SHARE YOUR HOME: Legacy is looking for host families in the Greenbrier Valley, WV area (preferably near the State Fair around Lewisburg) to serve as homestay hosts for four nights: Tuesday, August 6 – Saturday, August 10, 2019. Please complete our Host Family Questionnaire.

US YOUTH LEADERS: Applications remain open for one more US teen until July 12, 2019. Five US teens with backgrounds in 4-H, Future Farmers of America and Scouting will be selected for this scholarship! Learn more and apply.

As one of five U.S. Youth Agricultural Ambassadors, you would become part of a U.S. Department of State initiative designed to inspire young people in Turkey to seek out and prepare for careers in agriculture in their communities and deepen connections between U.S and Turkish youth. 

The program includes 14 days at the Global Youth Village in Bedford Virginia. July 23-August 5, 2019.  (For those living near Lewisburg, West Virginia, your participation continues August 5-10 during the West Virginia State Fair.)

Key Dates

July 19-23  Turkish participants – Arrival in Washington DC:  orientation, explore U.S. history and culture in Nation’s Capital; site visits and workshops with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National 4H, and more.
July 23-August 5   Leadership training and cooperative living at Global Youth Village with U.S. teens.  This component is based in Legacy’s summer camp and features in-depth leadership training, speakers, day trips to local farms and 4H or FFA chapters. 
August 5-6 Site visit and workshops at  Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension
August 6-10 Activities in West Virginia’s Greenbrier Valley, highlighting the West Virginia State Fair. Participants will explore aspects of the fair, volunteer and work with local youth groups. For Turkish participants, this also includes a four-night home stays with area families.
August 10-11 Travel back to Turkey
September-October Participants conduct peer education programs in-home communities.

The Youth Leadership Program (YLP) On Demand is a unique program created to serve the U.S. Embassies’ emerging needs. The program supports high school youth and adult educators’ participation in intensive, substantive three-week exchanges in the U.S. The exchange activities introduced participants to a comprehensive survey of civic education, community service, and youth leadership development. The students and educators participate in workshops, community service activities, discussion groups, meetings with community leaders, and have opportunities for substantive interaction with each other and their American peers.

YLP is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, administered by World Learning in partnership with Legacy International.