Celebrating 200 years of diplomatic relations: U.S. welcomes 46 Brazilian students for transformative exchange

Brasília, 19 January 2024: Aiming to promote intercultural understanding and empower the next generation of leaders, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil sent 46 Brazilian students on a transformative journey as part of the 22nd edition of the Youth Ambassadors program on January 19. This initiative aims to provide students from the Brazilian public school system, aged between 15 and 18, with academic excellence, English proficiency, and a commitment to entrepreneurship and social impact, an opportunity to broaden their horizons through international exchange. At the same time, the program contributes to strengthening the friendship and collaboration between the two countries. Photos of the program are available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/embaixadaeua-brasil/albums/72177720314205694

Selected from a pool of more than 8,9 thousand candidates from all Brazilian states, these young people have excellent academic performance in school while actively participating in social impact initiatives. The two-week trip to the U.S., taking place from January 20 to February 4, is fully funded by the U.S. government and is supported by partners from the public and private sectors.

Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, expressed her enthusiasm for this program: “This transformative experience provides young Brazilians with unparalleled opportunities for growth and development,” she said. “By immersing themselves in American culture and connecting with young people during this exchange program, they will undoubtedly become more capable global citizens, making positive contributions to address pressing challenges,” the Ambassador added.

The Youth Ambassadors program is part of the celebration of the 200 years of diplomatic relations between Brazil and the U.S. This celebration aims to highlight the diplomatic ties that have enabled mutually beneficial relationships between two of the world’s most diverse and prosperous democracies. Throughout 2024, a variety of cultural events, seminars, exchange programs, and joint initiatives will emphasize shared elements of the historical traditions of both nations. On the 17th, the bicentennial celebration logo was launched, conceived in partnership between the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of State.

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The Youth Ambassadors program was created by the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil in 2003 and is supported by the National Council of Secretaries of Education (CONSED), State Education Secretariats, and the Brazil-United States Binational Centers Network. In addition, the program receives institutional support from MSD, SMTour. Currently, the program is implemented throughout North America and has a reverse program for U.S. youth to represent their country in Latin America. Since its inception, 798 young Brazilians have participated in the program.