Youth, Sports, and Professional Exchanges
The United States and Iraq are committed to robust people-to-people exchanges and are especially focused on youth.
- More than 1,000 Iraqis ages 15-22 have participated in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, including 230 in the summer of 2012. Areas of focus include leadership development, respect for diversity, and civic participation.
- Since 2009, 65 Iraqi athletes and coaches, including a taekwondo group in June 2012, have participated in sports exchanges focused on team building, conflict resolution, and gender equality.
- One Iraqi writer participated in this year’s International Writing Program Fall Residency. In March 2013, the International Writing Program will conduct a U.S. professional development program for 5-6 Iraqi writers.
- Approximately 250 Iraqi professionals will participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in 2012 and 2013. Themes include women in leadership, science and technology, interfaith dialogue, energy policy, higher education, journalism, civic engagement, elections, public health, entrepreneurship, stock exchange, and environmental protection.
The Embassy maintains a rich agenda of cultural engagement activities to promote interaction with U.S. artists in fostering mutual understanding and shared values between our two countries.
(Source: US State Department)