Youth Ambassadors Program

Open Call, August 10 – 31, 2020

 

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 Junior Achievement Colombia.

ATTENTION: In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Youth Ambassadors is launching a hybrid program for the generation of 2020. The program will consist of a five-week virtual exchange (November to December, 2020), the implementation of virtual community projects (January to March 2021) and a one-week exchange in Washington D.C. in 2021.

In order to have a successful exchange, the participant must have access to 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, 2003 and November 1, 2005)
  • Belong to strata 1, 2 or 3
  • Be enrolled in high school at least until June 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 (November 2020 – April 2021)

DOCUMENTS

  • ID Card (Tarjeta de Identidad)
  • 2020 School Enrollment Certificate
  • 2019 or 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
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (See FAQs section)

HOW TO APPLY

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

  • ELECTRONICALLY: 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: The application will ask you to type in the e-mails of the contacts that will submit the two letters of recommendation. They will receive a link and only when they reply, your application will be considered. 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 November 1, 1999)
  • 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 (November 2020 – April 2021)

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
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

HOW TO APPLY

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

  • ELECTRONICALLY: 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: The application will ask you to type in the e-mails of the contacts that will submit the two letters of recommendation. They will receive a link and only when they reply, your application will be considered. Youth Ambassadors’ web page: https://youthambassadors.worldlearning.org/YA/wl_sitelogin

See the FAQs section for additional information.

In case you have additional inquiries, please e-mail jovenesembajadores@jacolombia.org.