Want to be a Youth Ambassador to Brazil?

Jumping for joy in Rio De Janeiro.

My name is Margaret Kahn, and I’m a junior at Roosevelt High School. Last summer, I and 12 other high schoolers from around the country spent 3 weeks in Brazil on full scholarship as Youth Ambassadors for our country. Through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Office of Public Affairs, and the U.S. Embassy in Brazil, we were able to gain leadership skills, learn about Brazil, and create lifelong friendships. The YA Program is focused on the importance of social justice, youth volunteerism and activism. It aims to promote mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and Brazil and prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities.

Not enough can be said about how much of a life-changing experience this was for me.

But now, the floor is open for a new crop of Youth Ambassadors to help change the world! The program will be repeating, summer 2011. This is an amazing opportunity open to all King County high schoolers who:

  • Are 15-17 years old this summer
  • Are graduating 2012 or later
  • Have never traveled outside the USA, excepting Canada.

The application is due to the World Affairs Council in downtown Seattle on FEBRUARY 15.

Questions? Email me at madgetown@gmail.com anytime, or visit the official USYA website to learn more.

Boa sorte with your application!

3 thoughts on “Want to be a Youth Ambassador to Brazil?

  1. Mary A

    Margaret, you’re an inspiration to us all! I was just flipping through the blog when I saw your article, you wrote like a pro and I can tell that Brazil really changed your life! AWESOME!

  2. Wally

    Hi Mary! Our teen writers are generally volunteers working through their local neighborhood branch, or members of a teen advisory group, again either through a branch or the Central library. Come in to a branch and ask to talk to the teen services librarian, who will help you join up. Thanks for your interest!


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