Deadline: April 4, 2017
Applications are presently open for the Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean. The one-year program, for 15 – 18 year olds and adult mentors from the Caribbean, would start with a three-week leadership training program in the U.S.
Bringing together high school students and adult mentors from all over the Americas, The Youth Ambassadors Program has the modest but important aims of
- promoting mutual understanding
- enhancing leadership skills and
- to train youths on how to contribute positively to their communuties
Other aims of the program which is supported by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs include
- a vision to develop youths with a high degree of civic responsibilty
- encouraging youths to develop interest in global affairs
- and giving them the neccessary leadership and social skills needed in a modern world
The program facilitators hope to engender mutual respect and understanding; and cordial collaboration between the U.S and the nations that make up the Caribbeans.
Key Program Components
The following would be the core components of the program:
- Youth and Social Transformation
- Civic Education
- Leadership and Community Service
- Site gatherings
- Experiential learning exercises
- Administration trainings
- Civic activities at the community level
- Mentoring by the community, heads of businesses and NGOs, and volunteer groups,
Who is eligible?
Eligible candidate must:
- Be a resident of the nation for which they are applying to represent;
- Be between the ages of 15 and 18 by August 2017;
- Must still be in high school by after September 2017;
- Must be a student of a public high school, private high school or be home-schooled;
- Selected candidates must have no prior travel experience to the U.S or other international destinations.
- Have authorization from both guardians/parents to partake in the 3-week program.
All Adult Mentor candidates must:
- Be nationals of the countries for which they are applying to represent;
- Show evidence of actively working with youths in schools or the wider community;
- Be eager and ready to meet intermittently with chosen youths from their city/area, to provide support on community projects and monitor various community projects during the 2017-2018 academic year
Step by step instructions on how to apply
- Fill an online application at http://wlyap.tumblr.com/apply . A good biography and essay questions are expected to be completed by the applicant
- Two letters of recommendation must be submitted.
- Wait to be chosen for the program.
- Prepare to travel the U.S. in August 2017 if your application is successful
For more data, please visit Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean