Program Overview: The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in Transparency & Accountability; Tolerance/Conflict Resolution; Environmental Issues; and, Women's Issues. Selected candidates will participate in:
· A Four-month U.S. Fellowship: Fellows are placed in U.S. community-based, non-profit or other organizations, government offices or legislative bodies where they work with community leaders.
· Community Leadership Institute (CLI): Fellows will spend more than 500 hours developing practical leadership skills in Goal Setting, Monitoring & Evaluation, Organizational Team Building, Networking & Partnering, and Communications & Advocacy.
· Follow-on Projects: Fellows, in partnership with their U.S. hosts, will develop follow-on projects to be completed after fellows return to their home countries.
Sixty-six eligible individuals will be selected to participate in the Community Solutions Program. Financial provisions of the program include: J-1 visa support; round-trip travel from fellow's home city to the U.S.; accident and sickness insurance; and a stipend to cover housing,
meals and incidentals.
Eligibility Requirements: Competition for the program is merit-based and open to community leaders, ages 25-38 at the time of application, who meet the following criteria:
· Is from a participating country (U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., and individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years are not eligible for this program.);
· Is currently living and working in his/her home country (Individuals participating in academic, training or research programs in the United States at the time of application and individuals residing or working outside their home countries at the time of application are not
eligible for this program);
· Is currently working on a community engagement initiative in his/her home country; and, has at least 2 years of professional experience in this capacity at the time of application;
· Is able to begin the program in the United States in 2011, and is committed to returning to his/her home country after completion of the program;
· Is able to receive a U.S. J-1 visa (Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. Government who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application are not eligible for this program); and,
· Is proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.
Preference will be given to individuals with four (4) months or more academic exchange or professional training experience in the United States. Employees of the U.S. Embassy are not eligible.
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