Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

ECA Youth Ambassadors Program with South America and Haiti

Program Summary

The Youth Ambassadors Program is a three-week exchange for high school youth (ages 15-18) and adult educators focused on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development. Subthemes that explore these overarching themes should be added, such as social entrepreneurship or media literacy. Participants engage in a variety of activities such as workshops on leadership and service, community site visits related to the program themes and subthemes, interactive training, presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, homestays, civic education programming in Washington, D.C. or the capital city of the partner country, and other activities designed to achieve the program's stated goals. Multiple opportunities for participants to interact meaningfully with their host country peers must be included. Follow-on activities with the participants are an integral part of the program, as the students apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired by planning service projects in their home communities.

The FY 2013 Youth Ambassadors Program will focus on the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the United States. It is anticipated that foreign participants will travel from all of these countries to the United States, and that American participants will travel to select countries.


Organizations may apply for one or both of the options outlined below, but they must submit only one proposal under this competition. If multiple proposals are received from the same applicant, all submissions will be declared technically ineligible and will be given no further consideration in the review process.

Option 1: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela (approximately $1,250,000 total, with one to four awards).  Projects for participants from nine South American countries to travel to the United States and for U.S. participants to travel to select countries.

Option 2: Brazil (approximately $250,000) A reciprocal project for participants from Brazil and the United States.

Award Amount:


To comply with the limitation of one proposal per organization, please contact Cheryl Ridgeway ( or 384-3332) in the Office of the Vice President for Research, if you are interested in applying.


Date Due to DSP or UIF03/22/2013
Date Due to Sponsor03/29/2013
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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