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Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada
The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada is an intensive program with three segments:
1) Pre-departure orientation in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to take place July 18 to 20, 2016.
2) Exchange experience in the United States of America, to include:
a) Plattsburgh, New York, and the Adirondack Park, from July 20 to 31, 2016;
b) Washington, D.C., from August 1 to 6, 2016.
3) Follow-on community service activities in Canada to be implemented following the exchange experience.
For background information on program content, download the 2016 Youth Ambassadors Program daily schedule.
The program sponsors seek energetic and mature applicants who are ready to advance their skills to be effective leaders in their schools and communities. Youth applicants must be between 15 and 18 years old at the start of the actual program on July 18, 2016. Applications are also invited from adults who are active as secondary teachers, trainers, school administrators, and/or community leaders who work with teenaged youth.
Youth and adults with Canadian citizenship only are eligible to apply; dual U.S. citizens are not eligible. Applicants must have fluent English language skills. Preference will be given to applicants who have not had previous experience studying or traveling in the United States. We especially encourage applications from first generation Canadians, Canadians born outside Canada, and Canadians from indigenous populations including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. The group of selected participants must represent the diversity of Canada with characteristics that achieve geographic, ethnic, gender, and socio-economic balance.
Review the full explanation of Applicant Eligibility and Criteria Selection listed on page 2 of the downloadable (430 KB) PDF Description, Eligibility and Instructions file.
Youth selected for participation in the Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada are expected to work on a follow-on in-country community service project after completing the exchange in the USA. During the exchange portion of the program held in the USA, participants will build a variety of leadership skills required to successfully design and implement entrepreneurial and community service project initiatives. Sessions will be incorporated into the exchange program that enable participants to work on their service project design as means to help facilitate project implementation during the post-exchange period. The community service projects to be implemented by youth participants are an important component of the program, which builds on the passion and desire youth have to improve their communities. Thus, youth interested in this experience are strongly encouraged during the application procedure to consider what community issue(s) they may be interested to work on improving. After the exchange experience, the expectation is for participants to return to their home communities and implement a community service project that seeks to improve the community issue(s) previously identified.
Adults selected for participation in the Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada are expected to continue serving as positive role models for the youth alumni and to mentor the youth as they work to develop and implement their follow-on in-country service projects. Mentoring responsibilities include communications with the youth post-exchange to offer support, problem solving, and motivation. Adults are also requested to help communicate youth success and accomplishments with program administration.
The Center for the Study of Canada is currently seeking host families in the Plattsburgh area to accommodate participants to be selected for the Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada 2016. Local families are invited to share their community while learning about our closest international neighbors by opening their homes and hearts to host participants of the Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada. Hosts will be responsible for providing accommodations, breakfast and dinner plus transportation to and from SUNY Plattsburgh each day from July 20 through August 1, 2016. Youth Ambassadors will be involved in an intensive curriculum from 9 am to 4:30 pm each day, with free time every evening and at select times during the weekends. For more information, refer to the downloadable informational sheet. If you are interested to serve as a home stay host, please download and complete the following:
If you would like more information about the Center for the Study of Canada at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Christopher Kirkey, Ph.D.
Director, Center for the Study of Canada
Phone: (518) 564-2086
Fax: (518) 564-2112