Young Pacific Leaders

Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) is a youth leadership development initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that focuses on strengthening linkages across the Pacific and the United States. YPL Programs help to harness the extraordinary potential of young people in the region to address critical challenges and expand opportunities related to the core YPL pillars: Education, Environment and Resource Management, Civic Leadership, and Economic and Social Development.

YPL Programs are open to emerging leaders, ages 25-35, from Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Islands of French Polynesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, and the American-affiliated Pacific including American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Hawaii.

Cultural Vistas is currently administering the following Young Pacific Leaders programs in partnership with the U.S. Department of State:

  • YPL Conference
  • YPL Small Grants Program
  • YPL Regional Workshops

More information on current YPL Programs can be found in the navigation tabs above. For questions, please email

This interactive map showcases the different YPL initiatives and projects across the Pacific Region.

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Founded in 1963, Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit exchange organization promoting global understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions. It develops international professional experiences that create more informed, skilled, and engaged citizens. Every year, Cultural Vistas’ 30-plus unique exchange programs empower thousands of individuals and organizations in the United States and more than 135 countries to drive positive change in themselves, their organizations, and society.

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