YOUTH AMBASSADORS PROGRAM WITH CANADA
Organized by Center for the Study of Canada, SUNY Plattsburgh with Support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State, The United States Embassy Ottawa & Fulbright Canada
The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada is a three week exchange designed for Canadians to go to the U.S.A. Conducted in the English language, the program brings together high school students and adult mentors from Canada to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities. Program themes include: civic education, community service, youth leadership development and entrepreneurship. The program employs a highly interactive approach both in workshops and in a range of public and community settings plus home stays with American families. Through engagement with leaders of community, public, and private entities in program locations, student and adult Youth Ambassador Participants will better understand civic participation and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy. Upon their return home, Youth Ambassadors will work to apply what they learned to implement community service projects that serve needs in their own communities and be engaged through alumni network initiatives. The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada is an intensive program with three segments: 1) Pre-departure orientation in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to take place July 8-9, 2013 2) Exchange experience in the United States of America to include: a) Plattsburgh, New York and the Adirondack Park from July 10 to 21, 2013 b) Hyde Park and New York City, New York from July 22 to 23, 2013 c) Washington, D.C. from July 24 to 28, 2013 3) Follow-on community service activities in Canada to be implemented following the exchange experience. As an integral element of the exchange program, Youth Ambassadors will also plan and implement a variety of incountry educational activities upon their return to Canada. The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada delivers an exceptional content-rich educational opportunity – an opportunity that will result in significantly deeper knowledge and appreciation by Youth Ambassadors of citizen-engaged participatory democracy in the United States, the value of community service activities, and the necessary leadership skills required to successfully undertake important entrepreneurial project initiatives. Travel, meal and accommodation costs associated with exchange participation from July 8-28 are to be covered by the program. Participants will be responsible for some personal costs such as passport application fees and personal spending money. While participants will have health care benefits during the exchange in the U.S., covered medical expenses are subject to limitation, and pre-existing conditions are not covered; participants will also be responsible for the $15 co-pay required for each doctor’s office visit in the U.S. Application Deadline and Participant Selection Timeline: April 20, 2013. Interviews for highly qualified applicants will take place at the end of April 2013. Notification of selected participant acceptance will be issued in May. 1 This application is free of charge and may be duplicated.
YOUTH APPLICATION PACKET: For Summer 2013
APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY AND CRITERIA SELECTION
The program sponsors seek energetic applicants who are ready to develop their skills in order to be effective leaders in their schools and communities. Applicants must demonstrate the motivation and commitment to be an active, engaged Youth Ambassador. Applicants are to present a clearly demonstrated interest about the United States, the three themes (civic education, community service, youth leadership development) and sub-theme (entrepreneurship) of the exchange program. Youth and adults with Canadian citizenship only are eligible to...