High School Youth Ambassador Program
The IRC Youth Ambassador Program provides the opportunity for high school students to learn about refugee populations in San Diego and abroad.
This 6-week educational/experiential program takes an analytical look at international conflict and persecution, as well as an in-depth look at the work of the IRC, through guest speakers from the San Diego refugee community, compelling documentaries, and lively discussions. Ambassadors will also volunteer on a weekly basis with the IRC.
IRC Youth Ambassadors will attend three sessions every week from July 8th to August 16th. The first two weeks, the sessions will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1 – 5pm at the IRC office in City Heights. Starting the third week, students will volunteer at the IRC summer program for refugee elementary school students one morning per week (9am to noon) and Wednesday and Friday afternoons (1 to 5pm). Final schedule may vary slightly.
Program space is limited. The application process includes a formal application and interview (during the month of June). If you would like to request an application or receive more information about the Youth Ambassador Program, please contact Christina.Braccio@Rescue.org. There is a $150 program fee (need based scholarships are available and may be discussed during the interview.)
Previous participants have said:
"The Ambassador Program was an experience I will always remember. It's where my international relations experience started and it is what all of my college applications are about."
"I came to know personally countless refugees and found that they are people just like us, not so far off and distant as people often think. Some are smart, some are caring, some are shy, some are outgoing, most love soccer."
A parent of an IRC Ambassador said:
"The dinner conversations have changed."