Youth Ambassadors Program

The Youth Ambassadors Program is a leadership development, cultural exchange and community service program funded by the US Department of State. Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) administers the Youth Ambassadors Program in Paraguay, Uruguay and the San Francisco Bay Area. New in 2015, the program is expanding to Ecuador and Houston, Texas.

AMIGOS Youth Ambassadors study community development, civic engagement, and leadership theories and practice through a three-week International Training. During their International Training, participants learn about and engage with US and South American history and culture through host family stays, service work with US and South American peers, and visits to cultural and historic sites. The International Training provides Youth Ambassadors with hands on experience in the design and implementation of Community-Based Initiative (CBI). After returning home from the International Training, each participant carries out a CBI in his/her home community.

Through their participation in the program, Youth Ambassadors develop a global perspective and gain the leadership skills needed to become civic activists in their home communities. Youth Ambassadors lead by example, motivating their friends and peers to take action as well.


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