Youth Ambassadors Program: 50 promising youth from public education arrive in Brasilia before heading to the United States

Selectees will spend three weeks in the U.S. participating in leadership workshops, social entrepreneurship projects and meetings with government representatives

Brasília, January 7, 2020 – Fifty public school students from all over the country, selected to participate in the eighteenth edition of the Youth Ambassadors Program, arrived in Brasilia on January 6, before leaving for a three-week cultural exchange in the United States.  The selectees are public school students, 15 to 18 years old, have academic excellence, knowledge of the English language, and are engaged in social entrepreneurship initiatives.  The program is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil and counts on partners from the public and private sectors. Click here to meet the participants.

The program will take place from January 10 to 29 with a schedule exclusively tailored for the development of social entrepreneurship.  From January 6-9, they will gather in Brasilia for visa interviews and will have a meeting with the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., William Popp.  On January 10, they will board for the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C.  Later, the group will continue in smaller groups to four different American cities: Reno (Nevada), Tulsa (Oklahoma), Seattle (Washington), Raleigh (North Carolina), where they will stay in the homes of volunteer families.

During these three weeks, the group will attend meetings with U.S. government officials, participate in activities such as workshops on leadership and entrepreneurship, social impact projects and, as representatives of the Brazilian youth in the U.S.,  they will also give presentations about Brazil, its culture and people.  At the end of the trip, they will present entrepreneurial action plans that will be implemented in their communities after returning to Brazil.

Press representatives interested in interviewing the Youth Ambassadors prior to their departure to the U.S. should contact the U.S. Embassy’s Press Office – (61) 3312-7367 / 7364.

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The program was created by the United States Embassy in Brazil in 2003.  The program has partnership with Brazil’s National Council of Education Departments (CONSED), the State Education Departments, the network of Brazil-United States Binational Centers, and FedEx, MSD, and IBM, Correios, and SM Tour.  In addition, it also has the institutional support from Todos pela Educação MovementCanal Futura, and +Unidos – a collaborative social investment fund created by a group of U.S. companies established in Brazil.  Currently the Youth Ambassadors Program is implemented in every country in the Americans and involves a reverse exchange program for American students to represent the USA in Latin America.  Since its inception, 622 young Brazilians have participated in the program.

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