Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP)


The Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP) brings 28 young people and adult leaders from diverse backgrounds on the island of Mindanao in the Southern Philippines to NIU for a month of leadership training and development. The program’s purpose is to prepare youth leaders in conflict-torn Mindanao to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities; build skills that will empower them to be actively engaged in addressing issues in their schools and communities; and foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, racial, religious and national groups. While at NIU, participants are engaged in community service, field trips, group projects, and an American homestay.

PYLP is one of many youth exchange programs, including the Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP), funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. From 2004 to 2018, Anthropology Professor Emerita Susan J. Russell and International Training Office Director Lina Ong led PYLP. In 2019, CSEAS becane PYLP’s new home, with Tagalog language instructor Rhodalyne Gallo-Crail and CSEAS Director Eric Jones serving as Program Directors.   

CSEAS actively recruits host families for a week of hosting participants in both PYLP and SEAYLP; if you are interested, please contact CSEAS at For more information about the program itself, visit the PYLP website.

Host Families

Graduate SEA Fellows

Contact PYLP

Program Director:
Rhodalyne Gallo-Crail
Department of World Languages and Cultures 

Administrative Director:
Shannon Thomas