The YLDA program launched in February 2010 with a two-week U.S. Study Tour for 47 young European leaders. The study tour included meetings with a range of experts, professionals, and students; interactive and professional networking events; and cultural opportunities reflecting the diversity of America.
After an initial orientation session in Washington DC, program participants divided into three separate groups to focus on their dialogue-specific program. Each group addressed current and future issues related to transatlantic cooperation.
Young Leaders in the New Challenges in Transatlantic Security group traveled to New York City where they examined transnational crimes (piracy, cybercrime, organized crime, human trafficking, and other human rights violations); preventing nuclear proliferation; building cooperation for joint European – U.S. security operations; and the future of NATO.
Young Leaders in the Climate Change and Environmental Issues group traveled to Denver and Boulder, Colorado where they examined private and public efforts to deal with climate change and other environmental issues. Specifically they explored and discussed green technologies; economic and trade options; local, state, and national environmental policies; and the role of public opinion in advancing public efforts to mitigate environmental damage.
Young Leaders in the Tolerance and Diversity group traveled to San Francisco, California where they examined how U.S. schools, communities, law enforcement agencies, and businesses deal with immigration and ensuing cultural and religious diversity and tolerance issues. Participants also learned about civil rights, inclusion and integration, interfaith dialogue, diversity and cultural sensitivity training and education, and youth engagement.