Youth Leadership Programs

WorldChicago is a local coordinator for U.S. Department of State Youth Leadership Programs for international high school students and adult mentors. These short, yet dynamic programs inspire cross-cultural dialogue, build respect and mutual understanding, and boost civic engagement among young Americans and their international peers. Youth reside with Chicago-area host families for 1–2 weeks during their exchange to get a full immersion into everyday life in America. During the day, groups participate in hands-on workshops, skills training sessions, volunteer activities, and cultural events.

Youth Leadership International Exchanges

WorldChicago is a local coordinator for U.S. Department of State Youth Leadership Programs for international high school students and adult mentors. These short, yet dynamic programs inspire cross-cultural dialogue, build respect and mutual understanding, and boost civic engagement among young Americans and their international peers.

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WorldChicago Youth Diplomats

If you are interested in the WorldChicago Youth Diplomats program read more here. We look forward to learning about what inspires, motivates, and drives you to be a global citizen. Please keep in mind that due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, the program is likely to be conducted virtually for the majority of the year. The possibility of in-person activities will strictly depend on upcoming safety guidelines.

TO APPLY CLICK HERE

To see a list of the questions and prepare your answers in advance of filling in the application click here.


Here is some general information to help you complete your application:

ELIGIBILITY
Current high school freshman, sophomores and juniors for the 2020-2021 academic year are invited to apply to be a Youth Diplomat. Applications will be accepted from public, private, and charter high schools in the City of Chicago and suburbs. There is no fee to participate in Youth Diplomats.

SCHEDULE:
Youth Diplomats generally meet on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM (some sessions may go 1-2 hours longer). These Saturdays will be reserved for hands-on learning opportunities categorized by workshops, volunteering, and collaborations with our visiting Youth Leadership groups. Youth Diplomats will also engage in listening to speeches and attending lectures and workshops by Chicagoland's academics, government officials, and other community leaders; these activities are TBD for the time being. Youth Diplomats will also be eligible to participate in an experiential-learning visit to Washington D.C. in late-June/early-July of 2021 to learn about government-facilitated public diplomacy and intercultural exchange (given that it's safe to do so). Priority will be given to Youth Diplomats based on attendance, engagement, and participation in Youth Diplomats and WorldChicago events.

Meeting dates: *subject to change*
Sat, Jan 23, 2021 -Sat, Feb 27, 2021- Sat, Mar 27, 2021
Sat, Apr 24, 2021-Sat, May 22, 2021 -Sat, June 26, 2021
Sat, July 24, 2021-Sat, Aug 28, 2021

A detailed program schedule will be released in January 2021. Please note that due to COVID-19, the timeline and nature of our activities and events might change as the program progresses.

INSTRUCTIONS
Please fill out and submit your completed application by November 1, 2020, 11:59 PM CST.
If you have any questions, concerns, requests, or special notes regarding your application, please email Brian Peckrill, Vice President, at bpeckrill@worldchicago.org, and Thi Nguyen, Program Associate, at pa7@worldchicago.org

APPLICATION CHECKLIST
1. General information
2. Responses to short essay questions
3. Signature & Parent/Guardian Approval (to be signed and emailed to Brian at bpeckrill@worldchicago.org and Thi at pa7@worldchicago.org)
4. Teacher/Mentor Recommendation Form (to be submitted by recommender to WorldChicago's mailing address OR emailed to Brian and Thi)
5. Peer Recommendation Form (to be submitted by recommender to WorldChicago's mailing address OR emailed to Brian and Thi)

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