The Youth Leadership through Sport Program (YLS) is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)/Sports Diplomacy Division. This program will provide various opportunities for male and female youth athletes and their coaches through a series of two-way international exchange programs between the U.S. and 10 different countries that harness the power of sport for social change. YLS is designed to foster greater understanding between people of the U.S. and partnering  countries by providing youth athletes and their coaches with opportunities to learn about teamwork, mentorship, healthy living and self-discipline in a multicultural setting.