About the Program
ICMA, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is pleased to offer the YSEALI PFP, an international partnership program that brings together the skills and successes of your community to fellows from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region—Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The larger YSEALI PFP program will bring together individuals from over 30+ countries and territories worldwide, sponsored by ICMA and over a dozen other partner organizations, to focus on the four YSEALI themes of civic engagement, economic empowerment, education and environmental sustainability. ICMA’s fellows have traditionally been focused specifically on legislative process and governance in the context of local government management and citizen engagement, but this fall The program is also adding environmental sustainability fellows.
Expected Arrival and Departure Dates
All fellows will arrive in the United States on Wednesday, October 7. The fellows will spend two days in Washington, D.C., at ICMA’s offices. During this time, they will receive an orientation to the program, culture and customs of the U.S., an overview of local government, and they will be engaged in discussions on the themes of citizen engagement, good governance and environmental sustainability. We expect all fellows to depart from Washington, D.C., on the morning of Saturday, October 10 and arrive in your community later that day; you will receive a copy of their flight itineraries for specific departure and arrival information. The fellows will spend the next four weeks working with your community in a meaningful fellowship where they will learn more about your local government’s best practices and efforts to develop an engaged citizenry. The fellows will depart on Saturday, November 7th.
When Will They Arrive in Douglas County and What Will they Do Here?
The fellows will be in Douglas County from October 10th through November 7th, 2015.
“We are very excited to be a part of this program because it will give us the chance to showcase our incredible community on an international level. In addition, we will have the unique opportunity to learn about best management practices from outside the US while also sharing some of our own,” said Jim Nichols, County Manager. “Finally, the cultural exchange component of this program will only broaden our view of the world around us. I'm very proud that Douglas County was selected by ICMA as one of very few communities in the country to participate.”
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For an example of what other Fellows have done in Communities watch the YouTube video below.