19/05/2011: Filipino Exchange Program Participants from Mindanao Call on Ambassador Cuisia
Young participants in the Philippine Youth Leadership Program administered by the Northern Illinois University called on Ambassador Cuisia on May 17, 2011, after completing their four-week study visit funded by the US Department of State. They were joined by Dr. Susan Russell (bottom row, second from right), a Philippine expert from NIU, and Dr. Lina Davide-Ong (bottom row, rightmost).
One of the student participants raised a question with Ambassador Cuisia during the call of the participants in the Philippine Youth Leadership Program on May 17, 2011 at the Philippine Embassy.
May 19, 2011, Washington, DC – After completing the Philippine Youth Leadership Program at the Northern Illinois University (NIU), 22 youth and 4 adult leaders from Mindanao in the Philippines travelled to Washington, DC and called on Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. on May 17, 2011 at the Embassy of the Philippines. The participants were mostly high school students.
The “Philippine Youth Leadership Program: Building a New Generation of Citizens ad Catalysts for Social Change” is an annual exchange program administered by NIU and funded through a grant from the US Department of State. The four-week program aims to develop the participants’ leadership abilities, skills in civic responsibility and introduce them to the nature of civil society and diversity in the US.
The Ambassador congratulated the participants for being selected to participate in the program and for completing their training. He urged them to practice what they have learned and to continue the process of learning. The Ambassador also expressed gratitude to NIU and to the State Department for hosting the Filipino student participants. -- END