The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) has selected 15 participants for a weeklong leadership training scheduled for March 2002 in Washington, D.C.

Out of the many applications that ICT has received for this year’s program, the following applicants were chosen based upon their timely applications and the essays that they submitted:

  • Dawa Lokitsang, MA
  • Dekey Lhewa, WA
  • Kalsang Tashi, MA
  • Karma Tsering Lama, MN
  • Ngawang Legshe, MA
  • Tenzin Chokteng, CO
  • Tenzin Dickyi , MA
  • Tenzin Kalden, WA
  • Tenzin Mechoe Phuntsok, VA
  • Tenzin Namgyal, MA
  • Tenzin Seldon Dekhang, VA
  • Thupten Norbu, ME
  • Tsering Dolma, UT
  • Tsewang Sangmo Lama, MN
  • Yangchin Topgyal, WA

The number of applicants for this year’s program was significantly higher than last year.

“We were very encouraged by the number of well-qualified applicants this year,” said Tenzin Dhongthog, TYLP Coordinator for ICT.

“However, it made for some very difficult decisions because we couldn’t accept them all,” Dhongthog continued.

“We sincerely hope that applicants that couldn’t be a part of this year’s program will reapply for next year’s.”

ICT will provide travel expenses to and from Washington, D.C. as well as arrange for accommodations and food for the participants during the training period.

The first such leadership program was held in March 2001 and its organizers as well as its participants found the program educational and enriching.

This program aims to nurture youth leaders who will not only become the leaders of the Tibetan community in the future, but who will also act now to convert their energy and convictions about issues affecting Tibet into a powerful force for activism and change. Through workshops, discussions, and hands-on activities, participants will be taught the art of leadership. The training will be specifically geared to meet the need of the Tibetan community for a core group of young, articulate Tibetan leaders in the United States.

This is a great opportunity for eager young Tibetans interested in getting involved in the Tibet movement. The program will instill in its participants the knowledge and confidence required for leadership roles. Participants will learn the skills and tools required to become a successful youth organizer, including crucial media and communication skills. Participants will hear from several distinguished guest speakers who will deal with issues such as lobbying tactics in context of U.S. politics. They will also visit Congressional offices on Capitol Hill. Beyond individual leadership training, the program will provide enthusiastic young Tibetans the opportunity to establish relationships with, and learn from other young Tibetans.

The tentative date for the start of the program is set for March 5, 2002. The dates will be finalized after candidates so that they are convenient to those participating.