International Rescue Committee (IRC)

High School Youth Ambassador Program

The IRC in San Diego’s Summer Youth Ambassador Program provides a unique opportunity for high school students to explore issues facing refugees worldwide through interactive and thought provoking activities. Students from across San Diego County come together for two weeks during the summer to learn about humanitarian crises and how they affect lives around the world.

Throughout the two-week program, students gain an understanding of international conflicts, engage in discussions with guest speakers, and meet other students from around the county. Students also have the opportunity to volunteer, listen to the experiences of refugee teens, try new foods from different cultures, and challenge themselves to think in new ways about the world and their role in it. 

The program is open to all rising sophomores, juniors and seniors.  The application process includes an online application and interview. Acceptance is granted on a competitive basis.  Accepted applicants are asked to pay a $150 fee to cover program costs.  Scholarships are available based on need.

Summer 2016 Information  

The 2016 summer Youth Ambassador Program will take place every Monday through Friday from 12 to 5pm between July 11th and July 22nd, 2016. The program will take place at the IRC office in City Heights.

Please click here to access the online application.  Deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 at 11:59 pm.  Interviews will take place in May and June.

For more information, please contact the Volunteer and Youth Outreach Coordinator:

Previous participants have said:

‘It’s simultaneously the most fun and most informative learning experience. I’ve learned more in this program than any class in school – especially because what we learned about was extremely relevant to the world we live in.’

‘I was able to meet and interact with people that I would not have necessarily met otherwise. And I had the opportunity to learn about the world from new perspectives and become involved with an important organization.’

‘I enjoyed hearing the guest speakers. It is amazing to hear from people that actually went through what we learned about.’

"My favorite part was every single minute!"

Photos from previous Youth Ambassador Programs:


Each year, several Ambassadors remain involved with the IRC as Youth Outreach Interns.

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