Youth Ambassadors Program

We are pleased to share news of an exciting opportunity with you: a three-week summer exchange program in the United States for highly motivated students and responsible adult mentors.

The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada brings together youth (aged 15 to 18 years old) and adult mentors from Canada to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities.  It is an intensive program that takes place from July 18 through August 7, 2016, and is carried out in Ottawa, New York state, and Washington, DC.  Participants have all travel, meal, and accommodation costs during the exchange covered by the program, in addition to health benefits with limitations provided in the USA.

The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada is organized by the Center for the Study of Canada, State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, with support from: the United States Department of State; the United States Embassy in Ottawa; and Fulbright Canada.

Program organizers employ content with a highly interactive approach through a range of workshops, meetings, and site visits, plus home stays with American families.  Through direct engagement with leaders of community, public, and private entities, Youth Ambassadors will better understand civic participation and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy. Upon returning home, Youth Ambassadors will apply what they learned to implement community service projects that serve needs in their own communities, plus be engaged through mentoring and alumni network initiatives.

I write to you to ask for your help to identify specific candidates to apply for this program and to share news of this opportunity within your relevant networks. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 11.

The program is seeking applicants with Canadian citizenship.  Youth applicants must be aged 15 to 18 years old, have at least four months remaining of high school, and be dedicated to community service.  Preference will be given to applicants from under-represented populations, new Canadians, and Canadians from indigenous populations including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.  Candidates with a demonstrated interest in the USA and with little to no experience traveling to the USA are also preferred.  Adult mentor applications are welcomed from teachers, trainers, school administrators, and/or community leaders who work with teenaged youth.

The application forms can be found at:

Please find attached a one page announcement that we encourage you to print and either post on student announcement boards or hand out to your students.  Your assistance with sharing this information digitally with colleagues, students, and parents would also be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, in advance, for your assistance with informing prospective student and educator candidates about the Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada.  Please do not hesitate to contact with any questions about the program or application.

We look forward to hearing back from you and to reading the applications of interested students and adult mentors.


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