Youth Ambassadors

Apply to the Youth Ambassadors Program in the United States!
Call open until March 29, 2019

 

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 US Embassy in Bogotá and Junior Achievement Colombia.

The program is aimed to Colombian students between the ages of 15 to 17 who stand out for their leadership and volunteer skills, but also, to Colombian mentors over 21 years of age with extensive experience in working with young people.

During a three weeks exchange in the United States, 13 high school students from different regions of the country accompanied by 2 mentors, will learn about American society and culture, while sharing their own culture. Through this exchange, the Youth Ambassadors will strengthen bonds of friendship, improve their English skills, and obtain new tools of civic and community participation.

Youth Ambassadors, is a cultural exchange and leadership program that focuses on educational and cultural diplomacy, volunteering and community service. That is why it offers participants unique opportunities and international exposure to deepen their knowledge about American culture, society and education; it also promotes interaction among participants and mutual understanding between countries. The program not only provides new knowledge and experiences, it additionally marks the beginning of a path towards leadership and community service.

All selected participants will travel to Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin for three weeks from September 11 to 29, 2019. Once there, youth will live with host families, attend classes in local schools, attend leadership and teamwork workshops, develop community projects, and participate in cultural and sports events.

Selection Criteria (Strict compliance is mandatory. Applications will not be taken into consideration if one of the requirements is not met)
  1. Being Colombian and residing in Colombia
  2. Being 15-17 years old at the time of the exchange. Under no circumstances, younger/older participants will be accepted.
  3. Being a student of public schools, in concession or private schools original from socio-economic strata 1 to 3.
  4. Having at least one semester of school after the dates of the exchange.
  5. Exhibit meritorious academic performance.
  6. Demonstrate leadership skills and prove participation in any volunteer or community service organization (high school mandatory social service will not apply).
  7. Commit to participate in all activities and events of the program (May 2019 – January 2020).
  8. Present a proposal for a community initiative to be developed.
  9. Good command of conversational English.
  10. Not having previously traveled to the United States and not having received a visa denial to the United States in the past.
  11. Having permission from parents or guardians to participate in the program.
  12. Call open until March 29, 2019.
How to apply (physically or electronically)
  1. Physically: Download the application form (PDF 762KB), fill it out and send it along with the required documents by certified mail to Junior Achievement’s Headquarters in Colombia: Carrera 14 No. 119 – 40 Edificio Lugano, Apto. 202, Bogotá D.C.
  2. Electronically: Create a profile at Youth Ambassadors’ web page through the “login” “New User?” area. Complete the application form in English and attach the required documents.
Please attach the following documents to the application (both physical and electronic)
  • Photo
  • Photocopy of the ID card
  • Photocopy of 2019 school enrollment
  • Photocopy of 2018 academic report (grades)
  • Photocopy of valid passport if possible (it is not mandatory to have a passport to apply to the program)
  • Parent/Guardian and Participant Agreement
  • Photocopy of the electricity bill of the applicant’s home
  • 2 Letters of recommendation describing the leadership skills of the candidate and why s/he should be selected for the program.

Mentors are the adults who will accompany the youth throughout the program, during the exchange and formulation/implementation of their community projects.

Selection Criteria (Strict compliance is mandatory. Applications will not be taken into consideration if one of the requirements is not met)
  1. Being Colombian and residing in Colombia
  2. Being over 21 years old at the time of the exchange.
  3. Being a teacher or community leader with extensive experience working with young people and implementing community projects.
  4. Demonstrate skills to be a positive role model and to support youth from different backgrounds to become productive leaders of society.
  5. Excellent command of English to communicate professionally and to help participants understand the language.
  6. Commitment to participate in all activities and events of the program (May 2019 – January 2020).
  7. Extensive knowledge of the history and culture of Colombia and the United States.
  8. Desire to continue working in teaching positions or other positions of influence towards young leaders after finishing the program.
How to apply (physically or electronically)
  1. Physically: Download the application form (PDF 684KB), fill it out and send it along with the required documents by certified mail to Junior Achievement’s Headquarters in Colombia: Carrera 14 No. 119 – 40 Edificio Lugano, Apto. 202, Bogotá D.C.
  2. Electronically: Create a profile at Youth Ambassadors’ web page through the “login” “New User?” area. Complete the application form in English and attach the required documents.
Please attach the following documents to the application (both physical and electronic)
  • Photo
  • Photocopy of the ID card
  • Copy of valid passport if possible (it is not mandatory to have a passport to apply to the program)
  • Criminal record
  • Curriculum / CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation from a school official, NGO or volunteer organization that provides information about the qualities of the applicant and why s/he should be selected.