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Sponsored by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department

We are pleased to announce that with support from the United States Department of State, Partners of the America will recruit 10 youth (15-17 years) 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.

Partners of the Americas will also recruit one adult mentor living in Colombia who 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. For the mentor application, click here.

The selected youth and adult mentor will travel to Washington, DC and a host state for about four weeks during September/October 2017. 

As a Youth Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Appreciate similarities and differences between the U.S. and Colombia;
  • Learn about U.S. history, culture, politics, environment and language(s);
  • Develop the skills needed to be a positive leader in your community;
  • Explore societal challenges and create a service project for your community;
  • Connect to a network of volunteers/community leaders including other youth throughout the hemisphere.

Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to participate: 

  • Be between 15-17 years old during the dates of travel (September/October 2017);
  • Currently enrolled in a high school and have at least one semester remaining after October 2017;
  • Good academic standing;
  • Display leadership qualities and potential;
  • Have volunteer experience and a real commitment to serving others;
  • Be able to communicate effectively in English;
  • Be a Colombian citizen.

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. Note that all applicanta must only submit one application through either mail or online. DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BOTH ONLINE AND THROUGH MAIL.

Applications of eligible candidates will be reviewed and finalists will be contacted by Partners staff and Youth Ambassadors Coordinators in Colombia for an interview in April/May 2017. 

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.

 
Required attachments:

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

2. A copy of your school record for 2016-2017 year.

3. A legible copy of a recibo de servicio público that indicates your estrato socio-economico;

4. Two letters of recommendation in Spanish from your school and an organization where you volunteer that provide information about why the applicant should be selected.

This application includes four major sections:

1. Personal Information

2. Application & Signature (requires parent/guardian information, short essay responses, biographical information)

3. Attachments (verification of Colombian citizenship, photo, academic record for 2016-17, and recibo de servicio público)

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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