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 the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’  Youth Leadership Program  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

The WorldChicago Youth Diplomats Program is an eight-month experiential youth leadership program that engages hands-on learning opportunities for Chicago area high school students. During their time together, students will engage in cross-cultural conversations with international peers and attend lectures and workshops with global and Chicago area academics, government officials, and community leaders. Applications for 2022 Youth Diplomats is open now and will close on November 29, 2021. Apply by clicking here.

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