All posts by jmelancon

Effective Disaster Management and Emergency Response Coordination

In mid-March, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted a group of seven emergency management professionals as part of a U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project titled “Effective Disaster Management and Emergency Response Coordination.” Afghan government agencies and NGOs are dealing with natural disasters including flooding, landslides, droughts, and earthquakes in...

Community Engagement with Youth

In early March, a group of 10 professionals from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam arrived in Pensacola as part of a U.S. State Department International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project titled “ASEAN: Community Engagement with Youth.” The purpose of the exchange was to highlight creative ways communities and institutions...

Accountability in Government

In mid-March, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council welcomed a group of six African visitors from Angola and Sao Tome and Principe as part of a U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project focusing on accountability in government. For the project, they traveled to Washington D.C., Salt Lake City, Pensacola, and Cleveland for...

Education & Activism for Young Women

In early February, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted seven international visitors from Australia, Cyprus, Israel, Kenya, Morocco, Nepal, and Nigeria as part of an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) exchange titled “Education and Activism for Young Women.” These visitors came to Pensacola to meet with women leaders in the community and representatives of...

Youth Ambassadors Brazil

The 2017 Youth Ambassadors Brazil exchange brought a group of 10 teens and one adult mentor from all across Brazil to Pensacola for 12 days in January. Their time here illustrates how ours is a generous, passionate community which continually steps up to support the concept of citizen diplomacy and the power it has to...

DYLEP

DYLEP stands for Digital Youth Leadership Exchange.  It’s a fully funded digital exchange between American high school students and their counterparts in Iraq that lasts from June to August 2017.  Participants (ages 15-18 at the time of June 1st) engage with each other on designing community service projects and youth leadership activities through online forums,...

Women Leaders: Promoting Peace & Security

In early December, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council welcomed a group of 14 professionals participating in an International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) project looking at the topic “Women Leaders: Promoting Peace and Security.” The participants were all leaders in their communities working on issues including domestic violence, human rights, and security. They came from...

YSEALI Generation Oceans

In late September, eight young visitors from across Southeast Asia spent time in Pensacola as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). Put in place as a boost to regional integration efforts, YSEALI brings together young leaders from across the region to focus on solving common problems through collaborative...
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