The Philos Leadership Institute is our flagship educational program. Each year, we seek out the most promising young Christian leaders in policy, media, and activism on Middle East-related issues. The Leadership Institute is a heavily subsidized, 2-week summer program designed for twenty Christian men and women between the ages of 18-35 who have a serious interest in working in a field that touches on the Middle East. We seek to educate and empower a new generation of leaders in order to facilitate long-term change in the Middle East.
We’re looking for future policymakers, humanitarians, journalists, and advocates who seek a deeper understanding of religious and political dynamics in the Middle East region. Exchange of ideas and experiences are at the heart of the PLI program—that’s why we work hard to bring together an ethnically and geographically diverse group of young professionals. The 2017 cohort hailed from Poland, Brazil, Alaska, and across the continental United States. Our 2017 alumni are human rights activists, journalists, development and communications professionals, and students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Our 2018 Leadership Institute will take place August 1-15, 2018.
During the program, participants engage in two weeks of lectures, tours, travel, and meetings with Middle Easterners from all ethnicities, religions, and nationalities: Christians, Jews, Muslims, Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, Iraqis, Syrians, Druze, Bedouins, doctors, journalists, politicians, refugees, and many others.
Our programing is intense. Program days begin at 7:30 a.m. and end close to 10 p.m.
Throughout the PLI program, each participant will work to complete an advocacy project. This could include an article or op-ed for publication, the creation of a video, etc. Projects will be assigned at the discretion of the Philos staff, based on proposals from participants. Alumni of the Philos Leadership Institute have gone on to work as staffers on Capitol Hill, cover Middle East issues as journalists, advocate on national campaign policies, and work for the Philos Project and our partner organizations.
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