Program Description: High School students from Exuma, The Bahamas are invited to apply for participation in the Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean. Through this program Caribbean youth, ages 15-18, will gain the knowledge and leadership skills to become more engaged in their communities, and get to know the United States and their home countries, as well as the members of their own group of ethnically, religiously, and nationally diverse participants.
Youth Ambassadors addresses three primary areas for the students: civic participation, appreciation of multi-ethnic diversity, and youth leadership. In addition, for the adult participants, it addresses adult leadership and mentoring. The sub theme of Youth and Social Transformation will be interwoven with the three main themes.
The goals of the program are to promote mutual understanding between the people of the US and the Caribbean; prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities; influence the attitudes of the leaders of a new generation; and foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups and create networks of hemispheric youth leaders, both within the participating countries and internationally.
The exchange will be intensive, and highly interactive. Students and educators will participate in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, and leadership development exercises, and they will live with United States families. The exchange program dates are August 7th, – August 28th, 2017. The follow-on community projects will take place from September 2017 to June 2018.
While the exchange is three weeks in length, the program extends for a year. Upon their return home community, the students will apply what they have learned to implement projects that serve needs in their communities. The sponsors seek energetic applicants who are ready to develop their skills in order to be effective leaders in their schools and communities.
Youth Ambassadors is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State, Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau, Youth Programs Division and the local U.S. Embassy, and is administered by World Learning. All travel, lodging, meals, and costs related to the program are paid for by the United States Government.
Students who may apply are those who:
- Will be at least 15 years old and not more than 18 years old during the program.
- Be a Bahamian Citizen and live in Exuma, The Bahamas (applicants with dual U.S. citizenship are not eligible).
- Attend a Public High School (not a tuition based school) and have at least one year of High School remaining after August 2017.
- Demonstrate an interest in the U.S., other Caribbean nations, and the themes of Civic Engagement and Youth Social Transformation.
- Have permission from both parents and schools to participate in the entire program.
- Have traveled minimally outside their country of citizenship.
Instructions for completing this application: Please fill out the application as completely as possible. The information you provide on this application will provide the basis for selecting semi-finalists for this program. Answer the questions carefully and completely.
Applications should be submitted to: NassauPublicAffairs@state.gov
Questions may be addressed to: Chanelle E. Clare, Education and Cultural Specialist; ClareCE@state.gov
Tel: 242-322-1181 ext. 4251
(Only computerized or typed (NOT HAND-WRITTEN) application form will be accepted.)