Student Empowerment Program

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The Student Empowerment Program, previously the Luby-Jenkins Student Exchange Program, implemented by the Zorig Foundation in partnership with the Mongolian Education Foundation, aims to empower secondary school students seeking to enhance their understanding of democracy and increase their civic engagement. The program was initiated by Walter Jenkins, President of the Zorig Foundation in the United States, in 2004 to help students develop into responsible and adept members of society, nurturing their leadership capabilities and providing them with a profound understanding of societal dynamics, and has evolved into various formats over the years.

Program details

Program duration

8 months

Number of participants


Program fee


Program starts

October every year

By the numbers:

Established year




Community development projects




Mongolia Education Foundation


Khan Bank
Denver Sister Cities International


As high school students, we need all sorts of skills to succeed, but a lot of them aren't taught in school. During the SEP program, I got to attend interesting trainings led by experts in different fields. I met people like the Mayor of Ulaanbaatar and the U.S. ambassador to Mongolia and got to learn about what they do. The American-Mongolian student exchange days were so much fun, and I made some unforgettable memories. But the best part of the program for me was working on our project. It wasn't easy—we had to find funding, plan meetings, and come up with ideas, and I had to step out of my comfort zone a lot. But in the end, I got to see how everything we learned could make a difference in our community. It was an amazing experience, and I think SEP is one of the best programs for high schoolers.


SEP 2019 Alumnus