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Minority Youth Outreach
February 1-5, 2014

CCWA hosted visitors from France for a program that examined various approaches to promoting the economic, social and political advancement of minority and immigrant youth, including at-risk youth. The visitors examined how educational initiatives, cultural activities, and civic participation tackle the issue and looked into strategies that highlight the integration of minority, immigrant, and at-risk youth into mainstream American society.

Building Partnerships in Vocational & Technical Education
February 1-6, 2014

This project supported the Government of Brazil's efforts to develop a 21st century workforce. PRONATEC, the national program to expand vocational and technical courses to youth, young adults, women and employees to become skilled workers in Brazil's growing industries, has the goal to train more than 600,000 people. This project focused on showing participants well‑structured U.S. institutions, models, curricula and government policy for vocational courses, and identifying model communities that have developed their workforce through vocational education.

Children in the U.S. Justice System
February 1-6, 2014

CCWA hosted visitors from Cameroon, Greece, Guyana, Malta, Nepal, Poland, and South Africa for a program that explored the U.S. judicial system with special emphasis on the legal structures in place to protect children. The group examined the juvenile justice system in the United States, including best practices in treatment and rehabilitation, and they examined international cooperation to combat trafficking in children and child exploitation.

Accountability in the Government II
February 8-13, 2014

CCWA hosted seven international visitors from Brazil, Cambodia, Croatia, Ethiopia, Ghana, India and Nigeria. Their program focused on the role of government in the United States and explored the best practices underlying transparency and accountability. The visitors participated in meetings that examined the effect of transparency on trade, investment and economic development along with examining similarities and differences in approaches of ethical conduct between government and the private sector in the U.S. The international visitors also partook in meetings which addressed international efforts to strengthen ethical leadership in governments and businesses worldwide.

Advancing Civic Engagement & Leadership
February 22-26, 2014

CCWA hosted NGO leaders from Belarus interested in the capacity building of their organizations to effectively address local community challenges and promote civic participation. They examined innovative management strategies of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), non-profits and youth advocacy organizations in the U.S; explored the diversity of the non-profit sector and the dynamic relationships between business, government, and non-governmental organizations; reviewed methodologies used by NGOs for strengthening leadership, employing volunteers, fundraising and furthering missions; and looked at how NGOs use new media to address local agenda, to target new audiences.

Renewable Energy in the US
February 26 - March 1, 2014

CCWA hosted IVLP participants from Canada. They studied U.S. federal and state initiatives as well as academic and private sector partnerships that successfully develop and use renewable energy.  The program showcased U.S. efforts in research and development (R and D) of renewable energy at the federal, state and municipal level. Participants learned how businesses and households can run on renewable energy, and how Canada can better collaborate with the U.S. to promote renewable energy in North America.


Young Political, Economic, Social Leaders RISE
March 4-8, 2014

This project for 18 participants from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, West Bank, and Yemen, supported the U.S. foreign policy goal to build stable societies that provide broad‑based opportunity for people to pursue their aspirations and shape their destiny (through entrepreneurship).  The project examined strategies for facilitating political participation, small business development, civil society expansion, and grassroots engagement.  Meetings, site visits, and workshops explored best practices in fostering alliances, leadership development, strategic planning, business innovation, capitalizing on technology, and engaging volunteer networks.  The group participated in two workshops, which focused on fostering alliances; and creating and developing a strategic action plan that visitors will pursue in their respective countries upon returning home. 

Women and Entrepreneurship
March 6-11, 2014

The goal of this program was to provide examples of entrepreneurial efforts in the U.S., particularly those initiated by women. The program illustrated the essential role of non-governmental and grassoroots organizations in supporting and empowering the development of women-owned businesses, and highlighted the social economic and political factors that influence and encourage the development of private enterprise in the U.S.

Global Women's Health Issues
March 5-11, 2014

This program seeked to promote international cooperation on the common challenges facing the global community in preventing, treating, and managing health problems affecting women, such as cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and HIV-related illnesses. Visitors explored state and local efforts aimed at preventative screening and wellness programs including those that promote maternal and child health. They also examined public awareness campaigns about health issues impacted by economic downturns, poverty, and other external challenges that affect health care delivery systems.

Green Tech and Renewable Energy
March 20-25, 2014

This State Department-sponsored project brought together three agricultural and environmental experts from the public and private sectors in France for a study tour on U.S. developments in clean technologies, alternative energies and environmental sustainability. During their three-week exchange, the trio interacted with officials at the national, state, and local levels as well as with leaders from non-profit organizations, academic institutions and the private sector to examine the decision-making process with respect to energy, environmental and agricultural policies.

Broadcast Journalism
March 20-25, 2014

The goal of this IVLP project, with young leaders from Algeria, India, Kuwait, Mexico, Nigeria, Serbia, and U.K., was to study broadcast journalism in the U.S. with a focus on examining how American society is affected by broadcast media. The international visitors also explored how citizens use and share information and how broadcasting contributes to an informed democratic society.