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Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada

The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada is a three-week exchange designed for Canadians to visit the United States of America. Conducted in the English language, the program brings together students, ages 15 to 18, and adult mentors from across Canada to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and position youth to make a difference in their communities. Program themes include: civic education, community service, youth leadership, and social inclusion.

The Center for the Study of Canada at SUNY Plattsburgh is proud to be organizing the Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada thanks to a partnership with World Learning ( and sponsorship by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State (, plus support from the United States Embassy in Ottawa (, and Fulbright Canada (

Download the one page publicity poster for the Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada! (2,255 kB PDF)

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 16 to 17, 2018.
  2. Exchange experience in the United States of America, to include:
    • Plattsburgh, New York, and the Adirondack Park, from July 18 to 28, 2018;
    • Washington, D.C., from July 29 to August 3, 2018.
  3. Return home travel by August 4, 2018 and follow-on community service activities in Canada to be implemented following the exchange experience.

For detailed information on the program, download the 2017 Youth Ambassadors Program daily schedule.

Invitation for Youth & Adult Participants from Canada

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 16, 2018. 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 as the program will be executed in English. 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 PDF Frequently Asked Questions file (196 kB).

Application Timeline

The 2018 competition for participant selection is now OPEN. The application deadline is: March 31, 2018. Interviews of select applicants will take place in April with an acceptance decision to be offered by end of April.

Application Packages

Applicants are to submit an online application through World Learning’s website at To begin the application process, an email address and password will need to be entered and verified. Sample application packages are also available for review below:

YOUTH (AGES 15-18) APPLICATION — downloadable PDF 701 kB file.

ADULT APPLICATION — downloadable PDF 649 kB file.

(Note: Downloading these application packages requires the latest version of Acrobat Reader, which is available as a free download.)

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. 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 18 through July 29, 2018. 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
Email: [email protected]

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