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.

Become a WorldChicago Youth Diplomat

Learn more about the program and some of the wonderful ways it can help to open up a world of possibilities.

Application Process


Current high school freshman, sophomores and juniors for the 2022-2023 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 may also be eligible to participate in an experiential-learning visit to Washington D.C. to learn about government-facilitated public diplomacy and intercultural exchange (given that it's safe to do so). Dates to be determined. Priority will be given to Youth Diplomats based on attendance, engagement, and participation in Youth Diplomats and WorldChicago events.


A detailed program for the 2022 schedule will be released in January 2022. 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


Applications will close for 2022 Youth Diplomats on November 29, 2021.


Apply today and explore tomorrow! The 2022 Youth Diplomats application will is open now and will close on November 29, 2022. Submit through the form below.


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

2022 Youth Diplomats Application

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

Email Jabari
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