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Caption: Kenita Placide (left) poses with Public Affairs Officer James Rodriguez before departing on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Local Equality Group Participates in U.S International Visitor Leadership Program

Press Release:-Kenita Placide, Executive Director/Director of the United And Strong Inc. Eastern Caribbean Alliance For Diversity And Equality, is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

She is taking part in a three-week project on “Advancing and Sustaining Civic Engagement” from September 11 to 30.

During the program, participants will interact with public, private, academic, and grassroots organizations to learn about best practices in U.S. and international initiatives to promote civic engagement.

They will explore the legislative framework and administrative organization necessary to support civic engagement; observe organizations that monitor, influence, and advocate for civic engagement at the local, state, national, and international levels in the United States; and provide insight into how the United States engages youth in civic participation.

The program began on September 11 in Washington, D.C., and includes travel to at least four cities across the United States including Indianapolis, Indiana; Iowa City, Iowa, Raleigh, North Carolina; and Salt Lake City, Utah. The program ends in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The IVLP is the Department of State’s premier, professional exchange program.

The program brings together emerging leaders in their respective professions to learn how U.S. experts in that profession operate and to share best practices with the other program candidates who hail from the same region and across the globe.

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