Youth Ambassadors Program (World Learning)

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Location (s):

  • United States of America

Overview

The Youth Ambassadors Program brings together high school students and adult mentors from across the Americas to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities. Exchange subthemes include human rights, multiculturalism, social justice, and social transformation. These three-week programs are sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

Details

Participants will engage in workshops, meetings with community leaders, community service activities, interactive trainings, cultural presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, homestays with U.S. American families, civic education programming, and more.

Youth Ambassadors programs commence in various locations across the United States, including San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; Plattsburgh, NY; Charlottesville, VA; or in Brattleboro, VT. Students then travel in smaller cohorts to host communities across the country. All inbound programs conclude in Washington, DC.

The U.S. Youth Ambassadors exchanges follow a similar program cycle, beginning with a pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC, or San Francisco, CA, followed by international travel to the exchange country. Single and multi-country exchanges take place in June and July; exact dates will vary by program. U.S. Youth Ambassadors Programs open for summer 2018 include Argentina & Chile, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Paraguay & Uruguay. 

Follow-on activities with the participants are an integral part of the program, as the students apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired by implementing projects that serve the needs of their communities.

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Eligibility

Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Eligibility Requirements

The youth participants will:

  • Be high school students between 15 and 18 years old (at the start of the exchange);
  • Have at least one semester of school remaining after program participation;
  • Be citizens of the country they are representing on the exchange;
  • Demonstrate leadership aptitude and an interest in community service and in the program theme;
  • Exhibit flexibility, maturity, integrity, good social skills, and open-mindedness;
  • Have the motivation necessary to be active and successful exchange participants; and
  • Have sufficient proficiency in the language of the exchange (English, Spanish, or French) to participate fully in all exchange activities.

The adult mentor participants will:

  • Be teachers or community leaders who work with youth;
  • Be citizens of the country they are representing on the exchange;
  • Demonstrate an interest in assisting youth to become productive and responsible members of society;
  • Exhibit maturity and open-mindedness;
  • Be supportive of the teenage participants;
  • Have sufficient proficiency in the language of the exchange (English, Spanish, or French) to participate fully in all exchange activities; and
  • Plan to continue working in teaching positions or other positions of influence on young leaders.

Dates:

Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year


Cost/funding for participants:

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