Duration: August 2013 to March 2018
Funders: U.S. Department of State , US Embassy Brazil
The Youth Ambassadors (YA) Program is a three-week exchange for high school youth (ages 15-18) and adult educators focused on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development. Subthemes include human rights, multiculturalism, social justice, and social transformation.
Participants engage in a variety of activities such as workshops on leadership and service, community site visits, interactive training, presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, homestays, civic education programming in Washington, D.C. or the capital city of the partner country, and more.
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 planning service projects in their home communities.
Current Exchanges Include:
Youth Ambassadors Brazil: a three-week youth leadership exchange based in the United States for 35 Brazilian high school students and 2 adult mentors.
U.S. Youth Ambassadors- Brazil: a three-week youth leadership exchange where 9 U.S. high school students and 1 adult mentor travel to Brazil.
Youth Ambassadors Argentina and Chile: a three-week youth leadership exchange based in the United States for 26 Argentine and Chilean high school students and 4 adult mentors.
- World Learning is now accepting applications for the 2017 Youth Ambassadors Exchange with Argentina and Chile. Apply now to be part of the 2017 exchange!
U.S. Youth Ambassadors - Argentina and Chile: a three-week youth leadership exchange where 8 U.S. high school students and 2 adult mentors travel to Argentina & Chile.
Youth Ambassadors Caribbean: a three-week youth leadership exchange for 36 Caribbean from the Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago and 4 adult mentors.
Past Exchanges Include:
Youth Ambassadors Bolivia, Ecuador & Peru: a three-week youth leadership exchange based in the United States for 45 Bolivian, Ecuadorian & Peruvian high school students and six adult mentors
Youth Ambassador programs commence in either Washington, DC, at the University of Virginia, or at World Learning’s SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. Students then travel in smaller cohorts to host communities across the country. All inbound programs conclude in Washington, DC.
Program Goals, as defined by the Department of State
- Promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of South America;
- Prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities;
- Influence the attitudes of the leaders of a new generation; and
- Foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, racial, religious, and national groups and create hemispheric networks of youth leaders, both within the participating countries and internationally.
Examples of Youth Ambassador Alumni Projects
- Increasing Community Awareness for Mental Health Foundation: Fundraising through donations via monthly electric bills. Oberá, Misiones, Argentina
- Recycle for Art: Collecting recycled goods to create home décor, Para, Brazil
- Eating Healthy: Healthy eating education training for children via games and multimedia tools, El Alto, Bolivia