Community Solutions Program (CSP)
The Community Solutions Program is a professional leadership development program for the best and brightest community leaders worldwide.
Rotary International is excited to announce a partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Community Solutions Program (CSP) that offers Rotarians across the United States the opportunity to host international fellows for a professional practicum at their workplace or a rich cross-cultural exchange through a homestay from August through November 2022. Rotarians can also volunteer to welcome and support fellows placed in their communities or invite fellows to participate in club events. Learn more about this exciting program and the many ways you can get involved below!
The Community Solutions Program (CSP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IREX, provides community leaders between the ages of 25-38 from over 100 countries with an intensive professional development exchange experience in the United States. The goal of the Community Solutions Program is for engaged community leaders to positively impact the complex economic, environmental, political, and social challenges in their communities and become ambassadors for mutual understanding. The Community Solutions Program also increases the capacity of U.S. partner organizations by nurturing collaboration and partnerships with international professionals and organizations.
CSP fellows are early- to mid-career professionals working in the fields of environmental issues, peace and conflict resolution, inclusion, transparency and accountability, civic engagement, women’s issues, and LGBTQIA+ issues who are eager to collaborate with organization working on similar issues in the United States.
CSP fellows gain valuable experience in community work and strengthen their leadership development capacity in their home communities through completing a four-month fellowship with a U.S. nonprofit organization or local government agency and engaging in a rigorous leadership academy and individualized professional coaching. Fellows then return home to apply their new skills through a community-based project.
"One of the main things CSP teaches you is the ability to see yourself as the changemaker of your community and the impact that you could potentially have,” said Marysela Zamora, a 2014 Community Solutions Program alumna.
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Host a CSP Fellow’s Professional Practicum
Host a CSP Fellow’s Homestay (Aug. 5 – Nov. 28, 2022)
Serve as a Community Liaison Volunteer
Provide Civic Engagement Opportunities
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CSP is seeking Rotarians to engage CSP fellows in club activities, particularly volunteer and community engagement opportunities. If you are interested in inviting a fellow to present about their work, home country, and/or CSP experience or are interested in including a fellow in other club activities, please complete this interest form by July 15, 2022.
For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and to learn more about the Community Solutions Program click here, or visit https://www.irex.org/project/community-solutions
IREX works with international, national, and local partners in more than 100 countries to design and implement programming.
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