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 five weeks during the summer to learn about humanitarian crises and how they affect lives around the world.

Throughout the five-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 2014 Information

The 2014 Youth Ambassador Program will be from Monday, July 14 to Friday, August 15 with meeting times every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 1 to 5pm with some volunteer opportunities on Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons.

Click here to complete the summer 2014 Youth Ambassador Application (on-line).  Deadline to apply is June 6, 2014.

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

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.’

Photos from the 2013 Youth Ambassador Program:


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

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