Youth Leadership Program with Central Europe
In 2013, the IAC will coordinate a second year of the Youth Leadership Program with Central Europe (YLPCE), a program funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Meridian International Center. YLPCE brings high school-aged young adults from Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia to meet peers in the U.S. to build cultural bridges and work together to enhance their leadership skills to solve community problems. Each year, a delegation of thirty-six youth and adults makes an extended visit to the U.S. in July; half of this group visits the Research Triangle region, the other half Kansas City. In turn, North Carolina and Kansas City each sends a group of four young adults and one adult mentor on a reciprocal visit to Central Europe in August. Through carefully tailored experiences, all participants gain leadership skills and plan specific action plans to implement in their home communities.
IAC recently hosted a delegation of lawyers from Ukraine. The group had many different interests but some common themes included human rights and comparison of the US and Ukrainian justice systems. The delegates stayed with host families and had a full agenda which included meetings with appellate judges, the attorney general of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, US Representative Brad Miller, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison, as well as visits to Duke Law School, the North Carolina Justice Center, the Wake County Courthouse, and the North Carolina Bar.
New Fall Interns
IAC welcomes its Fall 2012 interns, Ian, Cindy, and Forrest.
Ian Shearer is a Senior pursuing a degree in International Studies at North Carolina State University. He has spent seventeen months in China as both a high school and university student. His interests include languages and linguistics, the outdoors and music.
Cindy Xu is a second-year graduate student at North Carolina State University. She was born and raised in China and is currently pursing a master's degree in International Studies. She is interested in a variety of issues, including intercultural communication, international development, and human rights. As a travel enthusiast, Cindy has visited nineteen countries.
Forrest Stagner has obtained a Master of International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina State University. He studied abroad in Botswana in 2011 in pursuit of a career in international development. Forrest is an avid runner and hopes to join the Peace Corps by the summer of 2013.
IAC Planning for 2013
IAC is planning for its international visitor programming for the upcoming year. We anticipate more than 60 international visitor delegations through programs including the International Visitor Leadership Program (funded through the Department of State), Open World (funded through the United States Agency for International Development), and others. We are also planning the regional WorldQuest competition for February and are looking to expand our home hospitality programs.