This website has not been optimized for IE6 and is best viewed in IE7+ and other modern browsers. Please upgrade your browser, or alternatively, download another browser of your choice, such as Firefox or Chrome. Youth and adults will be recruited from the 13 states, including Oregon, that make up the western region of the Land Grant Universities Cooperative Extension Service. Participants should have an interest in environmental issues on water quality, renewable resources and land reclamation and restoration, as well as Mongolian history and culture.
Parents or guardians must give permission to participate in the entire program, including orientations and post-program activities.
The American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) with Cambodia is a cross-cultural exchange program that is open to American high school students and teachers (who will serve as program leaders and chaperones). Read below for essential program details, including program overview, program logistics, eligibility requirement, and participant responsibilities. In the United States, the media is often called the “Fourth Estate,” and is an indispensable component of a vibrant and transparent democracy. By decoding media messages, and by making their own media projects, young people can join public conversations and connect with the citizens and policymakers.
Cambodia presents a compelling case study of media issues—the power the media wields in perpetuating or challenging culture and identity, as well as what constitutes freedom of press, and the importance of accessibility. Cambodia’s rich historic sites preserve traditional forms of media, which can be examined alongside the ways in which the modern media shapes issues such as youth and education, the environment, women and girls, and Khmer Rouge history and legacy. It is estimated that anywhere from 850,000 to 1.7 million Cambodians, including journalists, died through disease, starvation, work exhaustion, or direct killing by the Khmer Rouge during their rule (1975-1979). AYLP participants helped set up a small library at the Children’s Development Village, an orphanage in Peak Sneng Village. Elections in 1993, administered by United Nations Transitional Authority for Cambodia (UNTAC), helped establish the Cambodian constitution, which guaranteed freedoms of speech and press and led to an explosion of print and broadcast media outlets.
After acceptance into the program, participants prepare for the exchange by taking part in online learning sessions and a pre-departure orientation at the East-West Center in Honolulu.
While in Cambodia, participants will take part in activities, workshops, and field visits led by media specialists, community leaders, civil society groups, and AYLP teacher-leaders.
Age: Youth participants must be at least 15 years of age and not older than 17 at the beginning of the exchange (June 24, 2012) AND have at least one semester of high school left to complete after the exchange. Completing all readings and other assignments before the start of the program in June 2012. Participating actively and responsibly in the online pre-departure program as well as in program activities while in Cambodia. Keeping a group journal (students) or individual teaching  journals (teachers), to be shared during in-country debriefing sessions and online.

Completing the required media project and sharing it with peers and community upon return home.
Click below to read our most recent newsletters which include information on achievements, courses and updates. They must participate in a web-based interview and, if selected, will be asked to complete a medical information and behavior agreement form. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will cover most of the costs.
A copy of the application should be sent to Lillian Larwood, 105 Ballard Hall, OSU, Corvallis, OR 97331-3608. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the University of Wyoming 4-H Youth Development Program.
This year marked the 12th anniversary of camp Len Duong program and also the very first time the camp was taken out of the United States to be delivered in a camp site west of Toronto, Canada. Today, the media is a ubiquitous presence in people’s lives, and in particular the lives of young people. Media proficiency can be applied to the expression of individual ideas and creativity, and as a catalyst for social change. In subsequent Vietnamese rule—Vietnam invaded (or liberated, depending on one’s perspective) Cambodia and ousted the Khmer Rouge in January 1979—the media was a government mouthpiece for propaganda.
While some newspapers are critical of the government, these are mostly unavailable to the majority rural population, not to mention the nearly 30% of Cambodians who are illiterate. In addition to learning about the media and its role in Cambodia as described above, they will be briefed on history, culture, social norms, and what to expect during their time in-country before departing for Cambodia.
They will also build friendships and promote mutual understanding as they partner with Cambodian students and teachers to examine how local norms and traditions affect media production and consumption.
Participants will pay for passports and passport photos, transportation to the airport for orientation and the exchange trip, spending money, a modest host-family gift and two books for the Mongolian 4-H Youth Organization. The theme this year was “Leadership Beyond Borders – Energize the Passion and Seize the Opportunities” and its Vietnamese theme is to learn about the Vietnam geography and history.Len Duong 2009 had more than 200 campers and staff coming from 10 US states and 4 Canadian provinces (Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec). Then, participants travel to Cambodia, where they will spend three weeks gaining firsthand knowledge of the country’s rich and complex history and culture and investigating media effects and issues. The media does not just provide information, education, and entertainment; it plays a powerful role in shaping attitudes, values, opinions, and behaviors by accessing, selecting, collecting, framing, and editing what is told. At the same time, teachers can integrate media-literacy across various subject areas in their classrooms to build critical thinking and communication skills among their students. The constitution does not safeguard speech that criticizes government leaders and institutions, and journalists often censor themselves out of fear, for many who have accused government officials of corruption have been fined and imprisoned. Likewise, the government does not go to great lengths to restrict the Internet, but online connections are available only to a tiny fragment of the population and chiefly in metropolitan areas.

Then, they will travel in small groups to diverse communities across Cambodia, where they will live with local families, explore culturally significant historic sites, and enjoy social, cultural, and recreational activities, as well as participate in community service projects. They must also be in a position where they work directly with students and have plans to remain in the same or a similar position after their travel.
Most Cambodians’ access to news is through the broadcast media, and television channels are all dominated by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), giving them extraordinary say in what reaches most Cambodians. Importantly, they will put communication, collaboration, and cross-cultural skills into practice as they learn about a local issue and produce media projects about their experiences. From 7 pm to midnight, there was a diner, sport games, and ice-breaking sessions to allow campers to mingle with each other. Participants will share their media projects with their Cambodian peers at a public forum in Phnom Penh and with their American peers and community upon their return home. She delivered an excellent keynote speech on goal setting, living one’s life with passion and leadership.All teams then had the chance to know each other and had some team activities afterward.
Truong Nong (Institute for Civic Education in Vietnam).Campers listen to Mina Nguyen Tran speechIn the late afternoon, all teams participated in sports competition games and then joining in the Media presentation by Mr. The bonfire led to the Youth forum discussion two separate topics: Youth-at-risks issues and Generational Gaps issues. The Youth-at-risk issues forum was facilitated by Anne-Marie Phuong Anh Pham from Calgary, Alberta and they had a very moving stories and sharing among the campers about the topic. Jeff Watkins, Executive Director of YMCA International in Houston, Texas; and the Vietnamese session delivered by Mr.
Duy-Loan Le, Kim-Y?n Vu, and Mina Nguyen TranThe Big Game was always the highlight of the Sunday program with the theme “From ZERO to HERO”. The game taught Vietnamese history and values to all campers and throughout team work competition, team building and problem solving techniques they learned from previous days, the 12 teams competed with each other to win the game.Everyone had such a great time throughout this 4 hour big game activityAfter dinner, the Camp’s bonfire of two hours comprised of a great sketch with legends in Vietnamese literature, a presentation of every two-team’s sketch (either musical or theatrical with an emphasis on performing skills).
After the bonfire, all campers ate supper and participated in the “Talent show” – with dance, songs, Vietnamese opera, martial arts until 1 am the next morning. The team consist of more than 50 staff, half of which were from Canada and half of which were from USA.This year, each camper paid approximately $160 to pay for the camp fee, 11 meals provided by a great Food Catering team in  the area, a T-shirt with camp logo, a program book and other learning material. Obviously, such a low payment for a packed three-days camp was a direct result of the sponsorship by corporations and foundations which have provided VCSA with tremendous financial support. Charles Cuong Nguyen, the Catholic University of America, Chevron, Ameresco Canada and VNTI with Texas InstrumentsPatronsChef Donald Dung Duong & Dessert Trends Bistro, Chevron, Greatland Investment – Mr.

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