Youth Ambassadors Program

Open Call, March 1 to 29, 2021

 

The Youth Ambassadors Program (YAP) brings together high school students and adult mentors from countries across the Western Hemisphere to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities. YAP provides full scholarships for participants to engage in cultural and educational programming focused on leadership, diplomacy, and community service.

The program goals are:

  1. To develop a base of young adults throughout the Americas who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to their communities, an awareness of current global issues, and strong interpersonal and leadership skills;
  2. To foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups; and
  3. To promote mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration between the United States and its Western Hemisphere counterparts.

The Youth Ambassadors Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with funding provided by the U.S. Government. World Learning administers the program in partnership with Amigos de las Americas. The local implementing partners in Colombia are the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá and Amigos de las Americas.

ATTENTION: In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Youth Ambassadors Program 2021 is expected to be fully virtual (subject to the evolution of the global conditions)

In order to have a successful exchange, the participant must have access to the internet and a device such as computer, tablet or smartphone capable of running platforms like Zoom, WhatsApp and Canvas, among others. The Youth Ambassadors Program will provide a stipend to cover internet expenses related to program activities, for example, with complementary data plans.

Interested applicants must comply with all requirements depending on their profile (Youth Participant or Adult Mentor), and follow the instructions to submit their application.

IMPORTANT: Below you will find the specific requirements for Colombia. Please note that the online application is standard for all participating countries, however, each country applies its own eligibility criteria.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Be Colombian with permanent residence in Colombia
  • Be 15 to 17 years old (born between January 1, 2004 and August 1, 2006)
  • Belong to strata 1, 2 or 3
  • Be enrolled in high school at least until December 2021
  • Demonstrate academic excellence and good command of conversational English
  • Exhibit flexibility, maturity, integrity, good social skills, and open-mindedness
  • Be and active community leader (mandatory school service is not applicable)
  • Present a virtual community project proposal
  • No previous trips or visa denials to the U.S.
  • Have parents’ or guardians’ permission
  • Commit to participate in all program activities (April 2021 – January 2022)

DOCUMENTS

  • ID Card (Tarjeta de Identidad)
  • 2021 School Enrollment Certificate
  • 2020 School Transcripts
  • Electricity bill of applicant’s home
  • Copy of valid passport (it is not mandatory to have a passport to apply)
  • Parent/Guardian and Participant Agreement

HOW TO APPLY

Create a profile on the Youth Ambassadors’ web page through the “Login” “New User” section. Complete the application form in English and attach all documents. NOTE: Use the “Additional Documents” space to attach all documents that do not have an assigned space within the application.

Youth Ambassadors’ web page: https://youthambassadors.worldlearning.org/YA/wl_sitelogin

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Be Colombian with permanent residence in Colombia
  • Be over 21 years old (born before August 1, 2000)
  • Be teachers or community leaders with extensive work experience with youth
  • Demonstrate an interest in assisting youth to become productive and responsible members of society
  • Exhibit flexibility, maturity, integrity, good social skills, and open-mindedness
  • Full proficiency in English and desire to help participants overcome language barriers
  • Have extensive knowledge of the history and culture of Colombia and the United States
  • Desire to continue working in teaching positions or other positions of influence on young leaders after de the completion of the program
  • Commit to participate in all program activities (April 2021 – January 2022)

DOCUMENTS

  • ID card (Cédula de Ciudadanía)
  • Copy of valid passport (it is not mandatory to have a passport to apply)
  • Criminal Records (Certificado de Antecedentes Penales)
  • Curriculum / CV

HOW TO APPLY

Due to COVID-19 outbreak, only online applications will be accepted.

Create a profile on the Youth Ambassadors’ web page through the “Login” “New User” section. Complete the application form in English and attach all documents. NOTE: Use the “Additional Documents” space to attach all documents that do not have an assigned space within the application.

Youth Ambassadors’ web page: https://youthambassadors.worldlearning.org/YA/wl_sitelogin

See the FAQs section for additional information.

In case you have any additional inquiries, please write to colombia@amigosprograms.org.