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Political Leadership for the 21st Century

Boston, MA & Washington DC

This innovative program was offered to young people in the leadership positions of all recognized youth political parties on the island of Ireland and in Britain as well as young people who have already demonstrated political acumen through alternative avenues. This long term networking opportunity for future leaders, across the political spectrum, is unique on the island of Ireland. This program provides an opportunity, in a neutral setting, for open discussion of political and governance issues common to the US, Southern Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain. The curriculum for this initiative focused on several key areas, including working with the legislature, federalism in a European and American context and new themes in the US political environment. Participants in this program traveled to Washington, DC as well as visit Annapolis, MD. While in Washington, the group met representatives from diverse ethnic and geographical backgrounds and learn about particular difficulties within the political process. A summit was held to allow the participants the opportunity to meet with Young Democrats and Young Republicans to discuss issues of common interest and learn about different political experiences they have encountered. This program was funded through the USIA.