WorldChicago Youth Diplomats

The WorldChicago Youth Diplomats Program is a nine-month experiential learning opportunity to empower teens to be active global citizens. A series of monthly workshops and seminars will bring students from all over the Chicagoland area together.

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.

*Applications are closed for the 2021 cohort. Please reach out next Fall for more information about the 2022 Youth Diplomats cohort.

Application Process


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.


Youth Diplomats meetings 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.


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. Dates are subject to change.


1. General information

2. Responses to short essay questions

3. Signature & Parent/Guardian Approval.

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

Please email all documents to WorldChicago Program Manager Jabari Smith at


Please fill out and submit your completed application by November 13, 2020, 11:59 PM CST.


If you have any questions, concerns, requests, or special notes regarding your application, please email WorldChicago Program Manager, Jabari Smith at

An Educational Experience

Students discover college and career options, network with global experts, and do service projects with an international impact. The students also learn about the people, culture, and issues from global peers.

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Little did I know that these new comrades and our mentors would open my eyes to exciting opportunities both within the city and around the world. I’ve created close friendships with Iraqi students during their visit that will last for years to come, corresponded with business leaders from Southeastern Europe after they returned home, and connected with State Department officials about potential employment opportunities in the future… WorldChicago has brought so much into my life, and I cannot express my gratitude enough!

Isabelle, Youth Diplomat and Former WorldChicago Intern

Learn More

For questions and more information about the program, please email Jabari Smith, Program Manager at

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