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International Ethical Leadership Program (IELP)
Submitted by programs4africa on Thu, 2011-07-28 15:32
Creating a New Social Contract with African Ethics
IELP has 3 parts: Global Leadership Conferences, The Giving Tree, and The Footprint.
Two Global Leadership Conferences of 500 youth, one in Africa and one in the US, are held annually. At conferences youth discuss ethics and visit 3-4 cities.
The Giving Tree is a mentoring program. Youth participants will be matched with a mentor based on their industry: Business, Legal, Science, Entertainment, Religion, and Journalism. Youth will create presentation projects that are shared between the participants, according to industry.
The Footprint is a service component. In each city visited by the Global Conferences, youth will participate in service projects for underserved communities in each city. This portion of the program is designed to meet a central goal of Phelps Stokes which is to provide service to underserved areas and to promote cultural exchange.
The issue of an uneven distribution of resources has not traditionally been approached as a public health concern with an understanding that the root cause is unethical leadership. Leaders whose unethical governing models are a large part of the problem. The other portion of the problem is the willingness of the individual to believe they have a voice and to use it to create a new social contract with their government.
IELP aims to
Assist in the creation of self-sustainable, community-led centers of excellent in education;
Facilitate local leadership development and citizenship;
Facilitate global leadership development, international service learning, and citizenship;
Foster the development of a code of ethics; and
Facilitate exchanges, networking, and capacity opportunities for youth leaders in Africa and United States.
IELP will bring together students, emerging leaders in politics and across the commercial sector, leaders recognized for their dedication to ethics, and professors of leadership and ethics.
Students will participate in IELP’s Global Leadership Conferences twice a year. They participate in IELP’s mentorship and service programs during the conference.