2017 Colombian and Venezuelan Youth Ambassadors Selected

Lindsay Cox, Youth Leadership Consultant

Partners of the Americas is proud to announce the 2017 Youth Ambassadors from Colombia and Venezuela!

Youth and mentor participants will spend three weeks in the United States engaging with local government and civic organizations, building relationships with host families and other youth, visiting schools and participating in skills-based workshops that enable and empower them to mobilize their communities towards positive change. By promoting and developing interaction between these three countries, youth realize their potential to promote positive changes in their communities now and in the future. Upon returning home, youth apply what they learned throughout the exchange to design and implement service projects that benefit their communities. Program subthemes include social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and peacebuilding.

The group consists of 20 youth and 2 adult mentors from across Colombia and Venezuela who will travel to Washington, D.C. for one week, and subsequently spend two weeks in either Arkansas or Tennessee. Partners chapters members will host the youth, who were selected in an open competition for students ages 15-17 who have outstanding school records, display leadership qualities and have demonstrated interest in improving their local community by volunteering.

This diverse delegation includes environmentalists, musicians, animal lovers, aspiring engineers, and leaders of peace. Collectively, they share outstanding talents and interests in the arts, sciences, sports and more! No one in any of the two delegations has visited the United States before, and we are thrilled to welcome them. 

Click here to meet our 2017 Youth Ambassadors and mentors.​​