About the Program

Jovens Embaixadores de 2015 (Foto: Embaixada dos EUA)

Created in 2002, this program targets Brazilian students who are examples in their communities – in terms of proven leadership, positive attitude, proven social consciousness, academic excellence, and English language ability. The Program’s main goal is to value and promote the strengthening of public education through these students, transforming them in models to their colleagues and communities.

The selection process is very competitive, with applications coming from all over Brazil. The selected students travel to the United States for a three-week program in January. During the first week, they visit the U.S. capital and its main landmarks, take part in meetings with institutions of both private and public sector, visit schools and social projects and take courses in youth protagonism and entrepreneurship.

After that first week in Washington, D.C., they are divided into smaller groups that go to different States in the U.S., where they stay with host families, attend classes in local high schools and interact with Americans of their same age, take part in cultural and social responsibility activities in the community and deliver presentations about Brazil.

The experience of being a Youth Ambassador gives these outstanding students the opportunity to expand their horizons at the same time as they help us strengthen the ties of friendship, respect and collaboration between Brazil and the United States.