Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada

The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada is a three week exchange designed for Canadians to go to the U.S.A.  Conducted in the English language, the program brings together high school students and adult mentors from Canada to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities.  Program themes include: civic education, community service, youth leadership development and entrepreneurship.
The Center for the Study of Canada at SUNY Plattsburgh is proud to be organizing the Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada thanks to the support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State, the United States Embassy Ottawa and Fulbright Canada.
Program Location

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 21 to 22, 2014
   2) Exchange experience in the United States of America to include:
        a) Plattsburgh, New York and the Adirondack Park from July 23 to August 3, 2014
        b) Hyde Park and New York City, New York from August 4 to 5, 2014
        c) Washington, D.C. from August 6 to 10, 2014
  3) Follow-on community service activities in Canada to be implemented following the exchange experience.

Click here to download the 2014 Youth Ambassadors Program daily schedule.

Invitation for Youth & Adult Participants from Canada

The program sponsors seek energetic applicants who are ready to develop their skills in order 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 21, 2014.  Applications are also invited from adults who are active as secondary teachers, trainers, school administrators, and/or community leaders who work with teen-aged 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.  The group of selected participants must represent the diversity of Canada - geographic, ethnic, socio-economic, new Canadians (first-generation Canadians and Canadians born outside Canada), indigenous, multi-generational Canadians and gender balance.  Preference will be given to those student applicants in particular who are recent immigrants, new Canadians or from aboriginal populations. 

Review the full explanation of Applicant Eligibility and Criteria Selection listed on page 2 of the downloadable (146 KB) PDF Description, Eligibility and Instructions file.

Application Procedure  
The 2014 competition is now closed.  


Post-Exchange Program Expectations for Selected Participants

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.

Special Appeal for Home Stay Hosts in the Plattsburgh area

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 2014.  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 23 through August 4, 2014.  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:


Thank you for your interest! 


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

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

Center for the Study of Canada
State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
133 Court St.,
Plattsburgh, NY 12901