Youth Leadership through Sport (YLS) is a set of international exchange programs funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)/Sports Diplomacy Division. YLS is designed to foster greater cross-cultural understanding by providing youth athletes and their coaches with sport and cultural opportunities to learn about leadership, teamwork, mentorship, healthy living, and self-discipline in a multicultural setting.

The first YLS program took place in 2018, and included an exchange between Russian and U.S. youth participants and their coaches in Portland, Maine and Arkhangelsk, Russia. The second YLS program will be organized by PH International and their partner Coaches Across Continents, and will bring together youth and their coaches from Ukraine and the United States in 2019.

YLS 2019 is currently accepting applications!

Are you interested in becoming a leader in your community? Do you want to learn more about the people, culture, and traditions of another country? Do you love playing streetball? If yes, then you should apply to be a YLS participant in our upcoming Ukraine/U.S. exchange program!

More information about the  2019 YLS Ukraine/U.S. two-way exchange:

U.S. Based Exchange: streetball 

  • From March 20-30 a selected group of streetball players and coaches from Ukraine will travel to the U.S. for ten days, where they will participate in a leadership through sports program. The program will include daily athletic and cultural activities which build leadership skills and foster cross-cultural understanding. The location of the program will be in the lively (and sporty) city of Boston, Massachusetts and Saco, Maine. 

Ukraine Based Exchange: streetball  

  • In July of 2019, a group of selected American participants will travel to Ukraine for 10 days for a reciprocal exchange. These participants will participate daily in leadership-building athletic and cultural activities with their peers in Ukraine (Kyiv and Kharkiv).
  • Applicants are not required to be proficient in Ukrainian. Interpreters will be hired for the duration of the program. YLS covers all participant costs, including international travel, ground transportation, lodging, and meals in Ukraine.

How to Apply:

  • To apply for YLS, please, fill out the online application form by clicking the button below and creating a “login.”  
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and finalists will be announced on May 20, 2019.

Application deadline: May 6, 2019  Eastern Standard Time (EST) [23:59 GMT/UTC + 3]

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