AMIGOS Youth Ambassadors Program 2017: Adult Mentors
Experience intercultural exchange, guide youth leaders from the Bay Area, and engage in a fully-funded professional development opportunity by becoming a 2017 Adult Mentor with the Youth Ambassadors program.
The Youth Ambassadors program is one of many sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and it is administered by Amigos de las Am?ricas (AMIGOS). The 8-month program (which includes a three-week international exchange in Paraguay) is focused on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development. Youth participants are competitively selected high school students who have demonstrated leadership aptitude and an interest in community service. They exhibit flexibility, maturity, integrity, good social skills, and open-mindedness. These applicants have the motivation necessary to be active and successful exchange participants.
Adult participants are teachers, trainers, school administrators or community leaders who work with youth. They have the role of exchange participant, chaperone and post-exchange mentor, and are also competitively selected. AMIGOS is currently recruiting adults from the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, & Sonoma counties) to apply as Mentors for the 2017 Youth Ambassadors Program. The 13 selected youth and 2 selected adults will receive a full scholarship to participate in an eight-month program, which includes an orientation and retreats in April and May 2017, 3-week training and exchange in Paraguay during June-July 2017, and post-exchange community project implementation in the SF Bay Area during August-December, 2017.
During the international training and exchange, participants live with host families and participate in workshops on youth leadership and service, community site visits, project planning exercises, presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities with other teenagers, and civic education programming in the capital city of the host country. Following the exchange, youth participants apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired by implementing service projects in their home communities. Adult participants serve as mentors in the project planning and implementation process.
How to Apply:
Please visit https://amigosinternational.org/grants/ to learn more about the program and start your Mentor application! We're looking forward to hearing from you.
The deadline for submission of the online application, required documents, and recommendation forms is in late February, 2017 for Adult Applicants. Finalists will be invited to an in-person interview. Interviews for adult candidates will be held between February 15-March 15, 2017
Minimum Requirements for adult mentors to participate in the selection process:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Be currently employed or active in the fields of education and/or youth development
- Be a U.S. Citizen
- Live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area
- Demonstrate intermediate to advanced Spanish skills
- Be willing and able to commit to participating in all follow-on activities following the international training and exchange (August-December 2017), as well as bi-monthly communication with Youth Ambassadors
(And a final note - Adult applicants who have participated in another international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State within the last two years are not eligible to apply. Thank you for your interest!)
Feel free to email our program staff with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- Approx. 15-20 hours/month + 3-week summer exchange
- Intermediate Spanish language ability, be a US Citizen