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BD youths invited for CEE program

Update : 26 Oct 2022, 21:02

If you are looking for professional development opportunities in America, apply for the US government-funded Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program.

The Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program is a transformational year-long leadership development program which provides Bangladeshi civil society leaders, ages 21 to 28, with an opportunity to harness the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, a US embassy press release said on Wednesday.

The US embassy in Dhaka announced a call for applications for the 2023-2024 Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program. 

CEE equips dedicated visionaries (ages 21-28) with the expertise, skills, and resources to develop multisector approaches and build healthy and engaged communities in over 100 countries.  If selected, fellows will participate in a fully-funded, hands-on three-month practicum in the United States where they will work for various US-based non-profit organizations, companies, and government offices. 

Additionally, fellows will receive leadership and civic engagement training and upon returning to Bangladesh, will implement a community engagement project focused on one of the five CEE themes:  civic dialogue and peacebuilding, open and participatory government, women and gender issues, resilience and sustainable development, and youth engagement. 

Program Components:  

  • Three-month Practicum in the United States: IREX matches CEE fellows to civil society organizations throughout the United States. Designated supervisors and peers support the fellows through a three-month, hands-on professional practicum.
  • Leadership and Civic Engagement Academy: CEE fellows explore the program themes through interactive curriculum that includes service learning, face-to-face trainings, mentorship, professional coaching, and inclusion in a global network.
  • Community Engagement Project (CEP): With the help of their U.S. host organization and mentors, CEE fellows design and plan a community engagement project to carry out after they return home. Once the fellows depart the U.S., they put these projects into action in their home communities.
  • Community Engagement Project (CEP) Exchange: Select U.S. hosts and CEE specialists will travel to a CEE alumnus’ country and work collaboratively to support the fellow’s project implementation and bring back what they learn to strengthen communities across the United States or their home country. 

Application Information and Deadline:  

Applications are due on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET (Washington D.C. time).  

For information and detailed application instructions, please visit https://www.irex.org/program/community-engagement-exchange-program-application-information.