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We are pleased to announce that with support from the United States Department of State, Partners of the America will recruit one adult mentor and 10 youth (15-17 years) currently living in Colombia to participate in the Youth Ambassadors Program to the U.S. 

This program develops a sense of civic responsibility and commitment to community among participants, builds leadership capacity, and fosters relationships among participants from different ethnic, religious and national groups. The adult mentor will assume the important responsibility of accompanying and guiding youth through their experience and motivate the youth to be active participants before, during and after the exchange. 

The selected youth and adult mentor will travel to Washington, DC and a host state for about four weeks during September/October 2017. All applications must be submitted in English with required attachments by February 28th at 6 PM. Finalists will be notified by April 2017.

Mentors have the opportunity to:

  • Guide and help youth reflect on the similarities and differences between US and Colombia;
  • Engage and advise youth through project development and support their leadership skills development; 
  • Guide the youth in implementing a service project after their exchange;
  • Develop personal and professional learning goals to enhance your professional development;
  • Meet with local organizations and professionals to build contacts and share experiences;
  • Offer innovative ideas to help strengthen the objectives of the program.

Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to participate

  • Be a teacher or community leader over the age of 21 who has ample experience working with youth (preferably youth ages 15-17);
  • Demonstrate ability to be a positive role model and to assist youth from diverse backgrounds to become productive members of society;
  • Experience traveling abroad and interacting with people from different countries/cultures;
  • Be able to read, write, and verbally communicate in English professionally;
  • Be a citizen of Colombia.

Applications will be accepted beginning January 23rd and no later than February 28th at 6PM. We highly recommend submitting your application hours or days in advance to avoid any technical issues with timely submission. Note that all applicants must submit only one application through either mail or online at  www.partners.net/youth-ambassadors DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BOTH ONLINE & THROUGH MAIL.

Partners of the Americas, with US State Department funding, will pay all expenses related to participation in the program including domestic and international flights, meals, accident and sickness protection, required vaccinations, some spending money, and lodging.

Those interested in applying should complete the application by using ONLY one of two ways: 

1. Complete the application using this online system 

OR 

2. Download and complete this PDF application and mail it to the address below by February 24th in order to arrive by the deadline: 

Alba Segura

Sección Cultural-Centro de Recursos de Información

Embajada de los Estados Unidos

Carrera 45 No. 24B-27 Bogota, D.C.

Applicant Check-list:

1. A copy of your completed application form (through our online system/mail);

2. Form of identification that verifies Colombian citizenship (i.e. a birth certificate, passport, etc.);

3. A copy of your CV/resume;

4. Two letters of recommendation from a school administrator, NGO director, volunteer coordinator or any superior that provide information about why the applicant should be selected.

This application includes four major sections:

1. Personal Information

2. Application & Signature

3. Attachments (application form, photo, verification of U.S. citizenship & your CV/resume) 

4. Recommendations

Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to confirm receipt of applications.

Send questions about the program to yapcolombia2017@gmail.com

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