Six Bahamian Students to Participate in U.S. State Department’s Youth Ambassadors Program

U.S. Embassy Nassau is pleased to announce the students selected to participate in the prestigious Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean scheduled for August 7-29, 2018 in the United States. This year, students from the island of New Providence were eligible to apply to participate in the program.  The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Youth Ambassadors Program. . . The program aims to promote mutual understanding, respect and collaboration between people in the United States and the Caribbean.

The six students selected to participate in this year’s program include Karajahyah Forbes, a 9th grader at Temple Christian High School, Alia Heastie and Shappelle Marshall, 9th and 11th graders respectively at Queen’s College, Carlysle Brown, an 11th grade student at St. Anne’s School along with Darnelle Coicous and Durran Thompson, both 11th grade students at C.V. Bethel High School.  The Embassy chose Shaquille Sands to accompany the group as the adult mentor.  Ms. Sands teaches at C.V. Bethel Senior High School.

The Youth Ambassadors recently visited the U.S. Embassy and met with Public Affairs Officer Penny Rechkemmer as part of their pre-departure orientation. The students also participated in a volunteer service program with Hands for Hunger.  Hands for Hunger is a humanitarian organization committed to the elimination of unnecessary hunger an reduction of food waste through the creation of engaging partnerships with local businesses.

The Youth Ambassadors also had a unique opportunity to engage U.S. State Department alum, Kerel Pinder a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellow at the American Corner to discuss leadership development and life skills.

During the three-week program in the United States, The Bahamas’ Youth Ambassadors along with other youth leaders from throughout the Caribbean will visit Brattleboro, Vermont for orientation and team building.  Next, the participants will be divided into groups and travel to various U.S. cities for a homestay experience.  The program will conclude in Washington, DC.  Upon their return to New Providence, the Youth Ambassadors will work together to develop and execute a community service project.