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An Individual Project for Mr. Simon Babre
April 10-16, 2014

CCWA will host Mr. Simon Babre of France, who has been invited to the U.S. by the State Department to understand U.S. governance and the role of public and private actors. He will explore port management activities and will observe energy issues, particularly current trends and issues regarding shale gas. He will also examine immigration issues in the U.S., the access to citizenship, and minority issues.

Improving Export Potential for Kazakhstani Companies
April 21-24, 2014

Visitors from Kazakhstan will come to Cleveland to analyze the political, social, environmental, and economic forces that influence U.S. agricultural and general trade policies. The group will explore U.S. government and private sector support, assistance and promotion of international agricultural and other trade, particularly financial. The visitors will also look at education and training opportunities, and related materials for beginner and existing exporters to strengthen their knowledge, and to learn about tools for testing and evaluation.

Young Leaders: NGOs and Civic Activism
April 23-26, 2014

An IVLP group from Pakistan will visit Cleveland to learn how business and technology professionals support non-profits, youth engagement in the performing arts, and best practices in volunteer management. Cleveland offers international visitors the opportunity to engage with a historically active volunteer community.

Cross Border Entrepreneurship
April 24-27, 2014

CCWA will host a group of visitors from Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan who are in the U.S. to learn about public-private partnerships that strengthen regional economic growth. The visitors will also study export education, production efficiency, and the region's dependable transportation and shipping services.

Public-Private Partnerships for Economic Improvement
April 29 - May 1, 2014

An IVLP group from Azerbaijan will visit Cleveland to learn how business organizations in the U.S. strengthen cooperation between government and business for the improvement of the business environment. The visitors will also look at coordinated strategies business organizations use for informing law makers of policy concerns, and how they receive feedback from their government counterparts.


Global Economic Co-Operation and Recovery
May 4-7, 2014

CCWA will host a group from multiple countries to learn about fostering economic renewal in depressed and blighted areas, along with local policy responses to global economic trends. They will also examine how to connect university-level research, development, and innovation to economic growth.

Youth Entrepreneurship
May 6-9, 2014

An IVLP group from Yemen will highlight the social, economic, and political factors that influence and encourage the advancement of private  enterprise in the U.S. Meetings, site visits, and hands-on activities will feature public, private, and cooperative efforts that support and facilitate small business development. The group will also discuss methods to improve entrepreneurial skills to ensure business success.


Promoting Social Change through the Arts
June 3- , 2014

Visitors from multiple regions will visit Cleveland to examine the arts and artistic expression in the United States as a vehicle for promoting social change in communities. Visits to established art centers as well as to smaller, community-supported arts programs will help to illustrate the various ways in which the arts can convey identity, creativity, belief systems, diversity and tolerance within American society.

Upcoming Youth Programs

If you would like more information on any of these programs, please contact Madeline Rife, Global Youth Programs Officer, at or 216-255-9007.

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP)
July 10 - July 24
, 2014

High school students from Iraq will come to the Cleveland area to learn about entrepreneurship, social action, and leadership. CCWA coordinates daily schedules of events and meetings for the students. Host families are needed for the duration of the exchange. 
Apply now to host!

Jóvenes en Acción (Youth in Action)
July 21-August 2
, 2014 

CCWA will bring 16 students from Mexico to deepen their leadership skills and explore topics ranging from the environment to family relations. CCWA coordinates daily schedules of events and meetings for the students. Host families are needed for the duration of the exchange.
Apply now to host!

Kosovo Youth Exchange Program (KYEP)
August 2014 - June 2015
 (or single semester)

KYEP invites student leaders from Kosovo to study in American high schools for one academic year, while improving their commitment to community service and leadership skills. Learn about Kosovo, share American culture, and make a friend for life!  American host families (preferably with a child in high school) are needed for the 2014-15 academic year, or a single semester. Apply
now to host!