Civic Leaders Summer Summit

The application for the 2022 Civic Leaders Summer Summit is now closed.


A week-long immersive experience that inspires and empowers young Iranian Americans to become civic leaders. This competitive program will introduce students to the important topic of civic participation through dialogue, engagement, and experiences including meeting with elected officials, experts, and leaders. The Summer Summit will create a space for participants to build a community of highly motivated and accomplished peers bonded by their shared identity.


July 10 – July 15, 2022


Current high school students who identify as Iranian Americans


Washington, D.C. (American University)

Program Outcomes


Participants will be better equipped to actively participate in government and politics at the national, state, and local levels.


Participants will be trained in the fundamentals of leadership, helping them inspire others to become change agents in their communities.

Critical Thinking

Participants will have developed essential critical thinking skills and be ready to address current and future political, economic, and social issues facing their community and society-at-large.


Participants will understand the importance of their Iranian American identity and values and how they can bring their authentic selves to public service.

Young Iranian American students from the IACLP campaigning for Congressman Jim Himes


Participants will have an opportunity to hear from leaders on critical issues in their communities and the country. The Summer Summit provides direct experience in community organizing and action planning to highlight how leadership intersects with identity, and how young Iranian Americans can lead in their communities.

Program Highlights

Panel discussions with policy and advocacy experts

Meeting with civic leaders

Experiential learning activities aligned with the information being presented.

Schedule specifics, including speakers and field trips, will be announced as confirmed.

The Washington Monument

Application Requirements

All applicants must be current high school students as of March 2022 (including graduating seniors). The application requires a resume and a short essay to demonstrate an interest in civic participation. The application for the 2022 summer has now closed.


Cost: $900 per participant. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance into the program and the remaining $700 will be due June 1st.


Travel: Attendees are responsible for travel to Washington, D.C.


Financial Aid: Financial assistance is readily available, please contact for more information.

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