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 six weeks during the summer to learn about humanitarian crises and how they affect lives around the world.
Throughout the six-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 a formal 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.
Applications for the Summer 2014 program will be available in April 2014. For more information, please contact the Volunteer and Youth Outreach Coordinator at Christina.Braccio@Rescue.org.
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: