International Youth Ambassadors Network: connecting young volunteers in the Americas

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As part of their Youth Leadership Programs, which fosters mutual understanding, respect, and civic engagement among young Americans and their international peers, the U.S. Department of State has created Youth Ambassadors (YAs), an initiative that brings together high school students and adult mentors from countries across the Americas to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities.

Exchanges are primarily from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States, but also include delegations from the United States to select countries. During the exchanges, participants engage in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, and home stays with American families. Upon their return home, the students apply what they have learned to implement projects that serve needs in their communities.

The idea: creating a network of Youth Ambassadors

With a large number of alumni from the program…

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