Thursday 4 June, 2020

8 Trinbagonians chosen for US Youth Ambassadors Program

Photo courtesy the US Embassy.

Photo courtesy the US Embassy.

Eight Trinbagonians have been chosen to join the US Youth Ambassadors Program which will take place in the US.

The US Embassy said in a social media update that seven teenagers and one adult mentor will take place in a three-week leadership programme in various locations across the US. 

"The Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean is a 3-week leadership exchange program in the United States for teenagers ages 15-18 and adult mentors."

"The program provides full scholarships for participants to take part in cultural and educational programming focused on civic engagement and social entrepreneurship," the US Embassy said. 

The 2019 Youth Ambassadors are:

Shivanand Deonarine – Cowen Hamilton Secondary School

Rahsaan Wilkinson – Bishop’s High School Tobago

Alesha Douglas – St. Joseph’s Convent San Fernando

Chikere Marshall – Holy Faith Convent Penal

Chekieva Phillip – Manzanilla Secondary School

Arielle Findley – Bishop’s High School Tobago

Anastacia Sunnelal – Northeastern College

Shnola Cox (Mentor)

About the US Youth Ambassadors Program

The Youth Ambassadors Program brings together high school students and adult mentors from across the Western Hemisphere to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities.

Exchange subthemes include human rights, multiculturalism, social justice, and social transformation. These three-week exchanges are sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

Participants will engage in workshops, meetings with community leaders, community service activities, interactive trainings, cultural presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, homestays with U.S. American families, civic education programming, and more.

Youth Ambassadors programs commence in various locations across the United States, including San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; Plattsburgh, NY; Charlottesville, VA; or in Brattleboro, VT. Students then travel in smaller cohorts to host communities across the country. All inbound programs include a segment in Washington, DC.

The U.S. Youth Ambassadors exchanges follow a similar program cycle, beginning with a pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC, or San Francisco, CA, followed by international travel to the exchange country. Single and multi-country exchanges take place in June and July; exact dates will vary by program. U.S. Youth Ambassadors Programs open for summer 2018 include Argentina & Chile, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Uruguay.

Follow-on activities with the participants are an integral part of the program, as the students apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired by implementing projects that serve the needs of their communities.

Countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay. 

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