Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program Application

Applications for Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program are now open until November 30th 2022.

Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program Application

The Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program provides young professionals with technical and leadership skills to catalyze their communities and drive positive change, both in the United States, and in local communities around the globe.

The Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program is a dynamic global network of innovators working with communities to address critical 21st Century issues. CEE equips dedicated visionaries with the expertise, skills, and resources to develop multisector approaches and build healthy and engaged communities in over 100 countries.

As a transformational leadership development experience, CEE is a year-long program designed to enable civil society leaders, ages 21-28, to harness the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, specifically on issues related to civic dialogue and peacebuilding, open and participatory government, women and gender, resilience and sustainable development, and youth engagement.

Fellowship components include:

-Three-month Practicum in the United States;

-Leadership and Civic Engagement Academy;

-Community Engagement Project (CEP);

-Community Engagement Project (CEP) Exchange.

Eligibility Requirements

Competition for the CEE Program is merit-based and open to emerging civil society and community leaders who meet the following criteria:

-Age 21-28 at the time of application;

-Citizen of one of the eligible countries listed below;

-Currently living and working in their home country at the time of application;

-Special consideration can be given to individuals living in another country who have refugee status and are working on behalf of their home community.

-Has a minimum of two-years professional or volunteer experience, working on community or civil society issues, at the time of application;

-Working on a community engagement initiative in their home country, either in a professional or volunteer capacity, with a demonstrated intent and vision to pursue a career working to support civil society or within the civil society sector;

-Able to begin the CEE Program in the United States in 2024;

-Able to receive a U.S. J-1 Visa;

-Committed to returning to their home country after completion of the program and implementing a community-based project; and,

-Proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application;

-Semifinalists will be required to take a Duolingo English language test

Financial Support

The program covers the cost of most expenses associated with:

-J-1 visa support

-Round-trip travel from participants’ home city to the U.S.

-Monthly allowance to cover housing, meals, and other living expenses while in the U.S. and

-Accident and sickness health benefits



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