Youth Ambassador Program
May 2011 - The IRC in San Diego will host the summer 2011 Youth Ambassador Program for high school students from July 6th to August 12th, 2011. The group will meet four afternoons per week with optional volunteer opportunities on other days.
The Ambassador Program will provide opportunities for high school students to explore issues facing refugees through experiential, interactive, and thought provoking activities. The summer experience includes films, speakers, food, volunteer opportunities, and leadership training. Participants will meet IRC staff and clients, learn about the reasons refugees fled their counties, and meet students from other high schools.
The program is geared towards students entering the 11th and 12th grades next fall. Deadline to apply is May 16. Space is limited. Program fee is $150 and includes a t-shirt, food, and program activities. Scholarships are available.
This is the third year of the program. Participants from last year 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 am now much more comfortable meeting and interacting with people of different backgrounds."
"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."
To request an application or to learn more, contact Alexy.Andrade@Rescue.org